For the second part I'll give you a pull quote:
Next I'll give you Echidne of the Snakes, who as a feminist blogger is extremely familiar with incivility. "Threats of various types of sexual violence are a fairly common experience of women (even right-wing women) who have ventured into the public sphere. It's worse if a woman express feminist views, but almost any views suffice for those who are outraged at the very fact that some woman dares to speak or write (2)." The footnote goes to: "Mary Beard has written about the history of suppressing women's voices in the public sphere and about how that history is continuing in the online world." (For those of you who don't know, Mary Beard is a classicist -- a historian of ancient Rome. I just read her latest book SPQR, which I recommend.)For the benefit of those people also living in Fred Hiatt’s Land Without History: abortion providers have been stalked. Their children have been stalked. Their places of business have been vandalized. And, lest we forget, doctors who perform abortions have been fucking killed! They’ve been gunned down in their clinics, in their kitchens, and in their churches. They have not been allowed to live peaceably with their families, Fred, you addlepated Beltway thooleramawn. They haven’t been allowed to live at all. I’m no expert, but I’m fairly sure that a bullet in the head is far more uncivil than a complementary fucking cheese plate. What is wrong with these people?I’m old enough to remember the raucous town halls of 2010, when the AstroTurfed forces of the Tea Party shouted down members of Congress while men with automatic weapons strolled around the perimeter of arenas in which the President of the United States was speaking. I’m old enough to remember when N. Leroy Gingrich, Definer of Civilization's Rules and Leader (Perhaps) of The Civilizing Forces, was working out his Universal Lexicography of Insult for the benefit of a party that ate it up with an entrenching tool. Newt also emerged on the electric Twitter machine over the weekend, leaping to SarahHuck’s defense, and that was nearly enough to make me give up English as a hobby.
Echidne goes on to point out the obvious, that is the Uncivil One In Chief:
Our Supreme Leader, the Glorious Son of the Orange Sun is the rudest and most incivil of all people in American politics. He gets away with it, just as he gets away with everything else. He is the President of Impunity. Nothing sticks to him. Not his fraudulent business practices, not his charity debacle, not the Trump University debacle, not his open racism, not his open sexism, not his ridicule of the handicapped, not his adoration of psychopathic dictators who wantonly kill their own people, not his lack of any skills or experience for the job he has. Nothing sticks to him, because what the Trump brand is is exactly that:Then there is Mark Sumner, who points out what should be obvious. The issue isn't "civility," it is to whom the "incivility" is directed.
The right to act like an asshole.
It’s not just that major media sources have settled into a routine where when Donald Trump insults someone, their first instinct is to repeat that insult. Or that they are constantly in search for a comment from the left which, no matter how it is phrased, can be turned into the focus of some serious nose-lifted high dudgeon. It’s not simply that while the right punches, the press plays stenographer, and when the left fights back, they declare fighting out of bounds. It’s not even about the incredible spectacle of journalists who have personally been on the receiving end of both spit and thrown bottles while Trump rants about ending “political correctness,” suddenly chiding the left for refusing to be good little frogs while the water boils.
It’s that the demand being made for “civility” isn’t about language at all. It’s about throwing a ring of protection around the powerful. It’s about pretending that people whose actions wreck millions of lives on a whim, are cocooned from the consequences of their actions, not just because they have money, and connections, and resources, but because their power puts them on a different plane.
I give you also Michelle Goldberg: "We have a crisis of democracy, not civility." And this historian who finds a 1934 New York Times opinion column urging the Jews to be civil to Hitler.
And guess what? In 2012 a baker refused to serve Joe Biden and Paul Ryan invited him to speak at a campaign rally. Gotcha.