Is Civility Dead?
Several events over the last week has sparked a conversation on civility and whether the nonsensical physical and verbal actions taken toward high-profile Republicans are justified.
Last week, the United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen had her dinner interrupted in Washington D.C. by angry protesters blaming her for being complicit in the so-called “policy” of separating children from their parents at the U.S-Mexico border. Protesters were shouting inside of the restaurant, also interrupting the meals of other customers.
Protesters also showed up at her Virginia home saying they wanted to “wake her up” and held signs stating “resign” and “child snatcher”.
Florida Attorney General, Pam Bondi, was also physically confronted after leaving a viewing of a documentary on Mr. Rogers. Protestors were upset at Bondi’s support of the Trump immigration policy and a recent lawsuit against the Affordable Health Care Act. Bondi even claimed that she was spat on but did not know if it was intentional due to the intense yelling of the protestors.
A third incident included White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders was dining with 7 of her other family members at The Red Hen in Lexington Virginia. She was asked to leave by the owner of the restaurant because of her ties to Present Trump.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA 43rd District) called for the harassment of anyone tied to President Trump and those who supports his agenda, stating “God is on our side, if you see a member of [a] Trump cabinet, push back.” Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), an ardent anti-Trump congressman even claimed that Water’s comments were “not American”.
All of these events are sparking questions. Have some on the left become unhinged? Is what happened to Sanders, Neilson, and Bondi justified? What happened to Civility?
Constitutionally, people have the right to protest those with whom they disagree. The restaurant owner had the right to ask Secretary Sanders to leave.
However, a protester has no right to spit on anyone. Calling for the harassment of those who you disagree with politically is simply uncalled for — it is asinine. No one has the right to protest by invading a private organization to harass its patron. It is also not the right thing to do by asking a customer to leave simply because you differ politically.
Even if one could make a case (if there is any) that some of these incidents are justified, it certainly is not dignified.
It is obvious that the Democratic party is moving farther and farther to the left. They fail to realize that all of the radical left tactics they partake in are simply driving people into President Trump’s arms.
We are in an era where we dehumanize those whom we disagree with politically. We no longer separate the goodness of a person from their political views. They are now one in one. When Americans state that “the time for civility is over”, they simply cause even more tumult in the U.S.
Calling GOP members “Nazis” and facilities where children are being held as “concentration camps” is uncalled for and inaccurate. It is also deeply disrespectful to compare U.S. border patrol agents to Nazis. In an act of compassion, many agents take money out of their own pockets to help these children, many of whom are unaccompanied minors.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for New York, Cynthia Nixon even called Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a “terrorist organization”. Really?
If the American people are unhappy with current policy, asking congress to change the laws is far more productive than tactics that will simply divide us even more than we are now. This is a time in which we need civility more than ever, not the opposite.
Democratic leaders need to condemn Maxine Waters’ assertions. American people and protestors need not act in a barbaric manner or in an uncivilized manner for the sole purpose of shutting down those you disagree with politically — that goes for both sides.
This is not a road the American people should go down. Let’s end it.
Keyden Smith-Herold is the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Analytical, (dailyanalytical.com) a brand new publication.