One snap indication of just how malicious life has become in public discourse was the incident yesterday when a Mitt Romney supporter, 77, gagged a rally protester by shoving a handkerchief into the 25-year-old union worker’s mouth.
Just civil rights, that’s all: “He seemed thirsty, so I tried to shove the bottle in his mouth,” Brysac said. “I thought it was wrong to interfere with [Pawlenty's] freedom of speech. “I acted out of character and I apologize if I offended anyone.”
The water didn’t work, so out came the hanky.
(Illustration found here).
And credos to the young guy, named Al Neal, who acted like a gentleman — he just didn’t just slap the shit out of the old asshole, or rendered any kind of blow-back: Neal removed the handkerchief and continued chanting until the group of protesters was escorted from the rally.
Matt Taibbi is pure right about the Tea Party: But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit. All of them.
Case in point: Joe Walsh.
Enough said, unless you’d like to read about the prick’s latest nasty bullshit here.
Discourse in the US has gone the way of the asshole — from ‘You lie‘ in the very bowels of Congress to a crazed nut stuffing a hanky down the throat of somebody differing from the surrounding norm.
And Senate dipwad Mitch McConnell in response to the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act blubbered that getting 30 million uninsured Americans health care is “…not the issue.”
The issue is chaos.
A new update of Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey (pdf) reveals that indeed the right side of the US brain is a foul, rotten mess (the first survey was released in 2010).
In the report, 63 percent of respondents believe there’s a major uncivil problem in this country, with 55 percent expecting it to get worse and 63 percent blame politicians.
This year we asked Americans who they though was more uncivil by gender, political affilation and residence.
The results are fairly stark.
Americans report that men, urbanites and Republicans are more uncivil than their counterparts, namely women, suburban or rural dwellers and Democrats.
And this postscript from the survey: The founder of an effort to promote civility in politics, the Civility Project, called it quits when only three elected members of Congress agreed to sign a rudimentary “Civility Pledge.”
A civil war of pure ugly, and it’s still a long, long potty mouth to November.