Thursday, May 30, 2024

The Demise of Civility, Honor, Integrity & Collegiality


Maybe the tide will turn. Perhaps disgust at the weaponization of the legal system for political manipulation will cause Americans to stop and contemplate the cycle of condemnation, oppression, the inability to see the repercussions of dimwitted actions, and conclude that the sideshow that should be the embarrassment of our collective selves must stop.

Do those who think that prosecuting a former president for what has for centuries amounted to business as usual not consider the tit for tat! 

The Wall Street Journal this morning published an editorial in which the author recalled the civility of politicians of The Greatest Generation, those who shared the collective experience of World  War II, who believed that America represented the best and the brightest, whose people knew that evil must be expunged, that working together made us stronger, that nations that have been invaded by evil doers have the right and duty to defend themselves no matter the collateral damage. 

The pogroms perpetrated by Hamas must be answered by Israel. The genocide committed by the Chinese against the Uighurs must be stopped. The political extremism by elected representatives must end. 

Americans should be compelled to review the Constitution and Bill of Rights, consider history in the context of its times, and eliminate political opponents the old fashioned way- yellow journalism, elections, civil or uncivil debate…but never by partisan criminal prosecution.

We’ve just commemorated Memorial Day, when we are called to remember those who gave their all so that we remain free from oppression. Those who forget the past have no right to judge. 

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