Keller @ Large: Incivility Escalating In American Politics

Keller @ Large: Incivility Escalating In American Politics


WHAT HAPPENED TO CIVILITY IN PUBLIC LIFE? THE QUESTION IS FRONT AND CENTER AFTER TO TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS WERE DRIVEN FROM RESTAURANTS WHERE THEY WERE DRIVING. JOHN KELLER IS HERE AND IS THIS JUST A SIGN OF THE TIMES? I THINK IT IS. BUT IT’S ALSO THE CONTINUATION OF AN OLD UNPLEASANT TRADITION. AMERICAN POLITICS HAS ALWAYS FEATURED LOTS OF SHARP ELBOWS THAT IT DOES SEEM THAT NASTINESS AND CONFRONTATION ARE THE NEW COIN OF THE REALM. TAKE A WALK. GET OUT OF MY FACE. FROM POLITICAL PROVOCATEUR TURNING INTO RATINGS A HALF- CENTURY AGO HAVE TO SEE THIS GUY. I DON’T KNOW WHAT I SAID. TO DONALD TRUMP MOCKING A DISABLED REPORTER CRUDENESS IS NO STRANGER TO OUR POLITICAL CULTURE. IF KIDS DON’T EAT IN PEACE, YOU DON’T EAT IN PEACE. FROM THE SECRETARY KRISTIN NIELSEN’S DISRUPTED DINNER TO TRUMP’S OAKS WOMAN SARAH SANDERS BEING ASKED TO LEAVE A RESTAURANT BECAUSE THE STAFF FELT UNCOMFORTABLE SERVING HER, IT FEELS LIKE THINGS ARE ESCALATING. HOW THE DEBATE ON IDEAS AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY IS IMPORTANT BUT THE CALLS FOR HARASSMENT AND PUSH FOR A TRUMP SUPPORTER TO AVOID THE PUBLIC IS UNACCEPTABLE. FOLKS IN THAT TOWN WERE ABLE — WERE EAGER TO CHOOSE IT. I WISH THAT THEY WOULD BOYCOTT IT AND NOT EVEN GIVE THEM ANY PATRONAGE. IF THEY AREN’T WILLING TO SET A PLACE AT THE TABLE FOR REFUGEES WHO ARE FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES, THEN PERHAPS THEY SHOULD GIVE UP THEIR SEAT AT THE TABLE AND PERHAPS GIVE UP THEIR SEATS OF POWER. AND THIS MEMBER OF CONGRESS ONCE TO SEE MORE FEAR AND LOATHING. AND IF YOU SEE ANYBODY, AND THE RESTAURANT IN A DEPARTMENT STORE AT A GASOLINE STATION, YOU GET OUT AND YOU CREATE. AND YOU PUSH BACK ON THEM. THE PRESIDENT RESPONDED TO THAT THREAT WAS ONE OF HIS OWN CALLING CONGRESSWOMAN WATERS AN EXTRAORDINARILY LOW IQ PERSON AND WARNING HER QUOTING AGAIN, BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS CALLED FOR HIS SUPPORTERS TO PUNCH PROTESTERS IN THE FACE. DOES ANYONE HAVE MORAL HIGH GROUND? I DON’T THINK SO. CLEARLY HE HAS INJECTED A WHOLE NEW LEVEL OF CRUDENESS. SO HE OWNS THAT. BUT THIS HAS BEEN BUILDING FOR MANY YEARS. THINK OF TALK RADIO, THINK OF A LOT OF THINGS THAT WOULD SET IN PREVIOUS CAMPAIGNS — THAT WERE

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