In the crucial months ahead, we must strive to make America beautiful again. Trump’s daily lack of civility has provoked responses that are predictable but unacceptable. As we go forward, we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity from sea to shining sea. https://t.co/vlpqOBLK4R— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) June 25, 2018
Shut the fuck up, Pelosi. Fuck your evoking of Trump's fucking campaign slogan and fuck your respectability politics.
Civility is a trap and a scam that helps keep the most marginalized and desperate of a society in their place. It's also pure bullshit, it's fake. There is no civility in a country run by a serial rapist, racist, fascist monster like Trump and there is no civility in a country that tears children from their parents and puts them in prisons. There is no civility in a country where police gun down people nearly every day and school shootings happen every week.
The Privilege Of ‘Civilized’ Political Discourse
Our government has been a lot of things over the years, but it has never been civilized. Yes, we are currently discussing the penis size of presidential candidates during debates, but nobody is being caned on the Senate floor. It’s also been a while since a senatorial fistfight broke out. The Tea Party members of the House of Representatives may seem pretty extreme, but they have yet to break out fireplace pokers and rumble in the halls.
Beyond our esteemed elected representatives, the voting public has always been far from peaceful. Voting day in the 1800s reliably involved widespread brawls at voting stations, rampant voter intimidation, ballot-box stuffing, and other shenanigans. My point is, never in our history have we had “civilized political discourse.”
Ijeoma Oluo, once again.