If you had any question in your mind, anything like the slightest doubt, that the recently abandoned campaign for “civility” in public life was anything more than an effort to shut conservatives the F up, then please look at Wisconsin.
Because what we have there is some distinctly uncivil behavior.
But it’s OK, of course, because its for a good cause. It’s just union folk fighting for workers’ rights, while the other uncivil stuff was by the Tea Party, a racist, fascist, and really mean organization led by
Eva Braun Sarah Palin.
Helping launch the uncivility was the distinctly uncivil remark by President Barack Obama that by trying to curb public employees’ collective bargaining rights, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was engaged in an “assault” on unions.
An assault?? That’s violent language.
Definition: Assault – to make a sudden, violent attack; Cambridge Dictionary of American English
The suggestion that something is under assault implies the need for a forceful, even violent response. And that’s what Walker is getting.
Protestors are comparing him to Hitler and Hosni Mubarak; they have signs all over the place saying the want to “kill the bill.” One I saw had BLOOD on it.
Definition: Kill – to cause someone or or something to die; Cambridge Dictionary of American English
That doesn’t sound civil at all!
One sign stating “Reload – Repeal Walker” shows the governor in gun sights. Another suggests the job should have been done earlier: “Scott Walker – The Reason We Need Planned Parenthood.”
The Democratic state senators, having lost the election, have fled the state to keep the legislature from voting on Walker’s budget.
Is that civil?
Walker is described as a “whore” for the libertarian billionaire Koch Brothers, who fund conservative causes and are now on the receiving end of all kinds of vitiriol
Michelle Malkin catalogs many other outrages in her column today.
And yet, nothing – from Obama, the press, Pelosi. Nobody.
Because civility, as I suspected, is just for conservatives.