The Civility War

2 comments April 19th, 2011at 11:34am Posted by Eli

Krugman nails it:

At the beginning of last week, the commentariat was in raptures over the Serious, Courageous, Game-Changing Ryan plan. But now that the plan has been exposed as the cruel nonsense it is, what we’re hearing a lot about is the need for more civility in the discourse. President Obama did a bad thing by calling cruel nonsense cruel nonsense; he hurt Republican feelings, and how can we have a deal when the GOP is feeling insulted? What we need is personal outreach; let’s do lunch!

The easy, and perfectly fair, shot is to talk about the hypocrisy here; where were all the demands for civility when Republicans were denouncing Obama as a socialist, accusing him of creating death panels, etc..? Why is it OK for Republicans to accuse Obama of stealing from Medicare, but not OK for Obama to declare, with complete truthfulness, that those same Republicans are trying to dismantle the whole program?

Calling criminals criminals, liars liars, and hacks hacks = Uncivil.

Calling poor people and seniors greedy moochers, liberals unpatriotic, and gays degenerate = Serious.

Presented with that choice, I’ll choose uncivil and unserious any day.

Entry Filed under: Politics,Republicans,Wankers

2 Comments

  • 1. bill  |  April 19th, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    You left out calling teachers thugs

  • 2. Eli  |  April 19th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    Teachers will be getting their own post, sort of.


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