The Myth of Civility
This is an important point as we try to understand why our society is breaking down. As mistermix points out it's not the incivility, it's the dishonesty. He gets quote of the day:
The reason that hundreds of angry people came to town hall meetings in my Congressional district in 2009, and the reason that police had to be present where they had never been before, wasn’t because someone was “uncivil”. It was because their media heroes and party leaders told them a pack of lies about death panels, federal funding for abortions, Medicare being taken away and free insurance for illegal immigrants. The questions that my Congressman took at those hate-filled meetings weren’t reasonable queries about limited government, deficits and healthcare outcomes. They were questions about why he wanted to kill grandma, let the government pay to abort babies, and take away Medicare.Actually, they were barely couched as questions. More like red-faced, spittle-flecked taunts and they weren't exactly looking for answers so much as they were to intimidate those damned libruls with their rage.