I argue that heated, passionate, even VITRIOLIC political discourse is not only a LONGSTANDING American tradition, that in fact it is a large part of WHY American politics is largely NON-VIOLENT.
Forget civility in politics. Our politics IS civil. Keep in mind, before the great American experiment, the power of rule and governance was transferred largely by heredity OR VIOLENCE. Ugly words are much better than blood soaked streets.
Every 4 to 8 years the most powerful person in the world, steps aside and transfers that power WILLINGLY to a successor not of his choosing. This act of political submission to the will of THE governed is unprecedented in human history.
Look how small Chavez is clinging to his little slice. And remember the Honduran president deposed by his country’s congress and supreme court because he sought to extend his presidency beyond their constitutional limit. These are small powers, yet those men will not easily step aside. Make no mistake, the NON VIOLENT, but NOISY, VULGAR, MUDSLINGING election of American Presidents is a true miracle of human civilization. Be grateful to be a part of it. Don’t be afraid to get a little mud on ya.
- The truth about American civility | Alex Slater (guardian.co.uk)
- One night of civility on Capitol Hill wont change 200 years of hostility (theglobeandmail.com)
- The Futility of Civility (psychologytoday.com)