Dems throw around "lack of civility" like dissident Catholics throw around "uncharitable".And speaking of the idea that people were wonderful back in the time of Jefferson/Adams, try this from Six Frigates by Ian Toll:Republicans were threatened with mob violence. On May 7 , after the city’s assembled militia companies had passed the president’s house in review, groups of young men spread out through the streets, fired with patriotic emotion and fueled by liquor. Some knocked down lamposts and smeared mud on the statue of Benjamin Franklin on the steps of the Philadelphia Library. After dark, a mob gathered outside the home of Benjamin Franklin Bache, where Peggy Bache, five months pregnant, was alone with their three young children. A few proposed to set the house on fire, but they confined themselves to battering on the door and breaking some of the windows. Drunken gangs were out all night, carousing in the streets and singing patriotic songs beneath the windows of imagined traitors.
That video is hilarious. And very true. Political debate today is not the epitome of high-mindedness, to be sure, but I daresay we are more civil today than we used to be in "the good old days."
There are no heroes any more... all of them are flawed.
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