Civility is Dead

Okay, I believe I’ve just about had enough. Of what, you ask?

1. Kanye West ridiculousness
2. Rep. Joe Wilson ridiculousness
3. Serena Williams ridiculousness
4. The ridiculousness of everybody who made/carried a sign saying “Bury Obamacare with Kennedy.” (See story here.)

I do not care what the people listed above think about Taylor Swift, President Obama, Kim Clijsters/inept line judge, or Ted Kennedy. In each of these instances, they were inexcusably rude.

Inexcusably. Rude.

Good Lord, we are going to need to step it up in the civility department. Where are the mature adults who know how to disagree with someone without lapsing into totalitarian regimes of rudeness? Exactly when did we lose the art of civil discourse?

I just feel the need to bang this drum yet again- JUST BECAUSE you disagree with someone (even vehemently) DOES NOT MEAN you need to berate them as sub-human fecal matter. Mmmk?


  1. John R. Thurman, Jr.September 15, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    I agree with you 100%. I think that constructive discourse has been eroded. This process has been gradual, but now it really seems to be fulminant in its course. The one thing that we can do to divert this path is to continue to influence those around us in a civil and positive manner.
    Thank you for posing Danielle!

  2. John R. Thurman, Jr.September 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Of course, I did not take the time to edit my post properly.

    Thank you for posting Danielle!

  3. congressmen used to engage in fistfights while in session. vice president burr killed a man (who happened to be secretary of the treasury) in a duel. i think we can stand a bit of jeering… can’t we?

    now, i’m the first to say that the political climate in this country has reached the point of utter absurdity. there is no discourse, only polemic. there is no critical thinking, only blind devotion.

    that being said, the actual outburst was kind of fun…. the motivation behind it, slightly more depressing.

  4. Kent McKeeverSeptember 15, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Preach it sister! with you all the way. We need civic counseling!

  5. The Kanye West thing was beyond ridiculous.

  6. Robin Bacon HoffmanSeptember 15, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    With you 100%!

  7. Civic counseling- not a bad idea! Kanye West, you are ordered to eight hours of classes by Miss Manners.

  8. I agree as well. This is just crazy – all of it.

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