KLATSKY: We Need to Return Civility to Our Politics

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018


Anyone who has been following the news cycle the past two weeks knows that all hell has broken loose over Brett Kavanaugh, the newest justice on the Supreme Court of the United States.

But, unlike several articles, news segments, and the focus of media attention over the past several weeks, I won’t be talking entirely about Judge Kavanaugh or the allegations made against him—I want to talk about the breakdown in our political civility that followed.

Take “exhibit A,” a now-deleted tweet from Ian Millhiser, an editor at the liberal site ThinkProgress:

“Tell me again why we shouldn’t confront Republicans where they eat, where they sleep, and where they work until they stop being complicit in the destruction of our democracy,” he wrote.

That tweet is insane. If Millhiser wants to talk about “destroying our democracy,” shouldn’t he stop calling for violence against his political adversaries? Of course not, because according to Millhiser’s tweet, Republicans are evil, so his anger against them is justified.

It seems that his message has resonated with others, however, as four separate events attacking politicians and government officials have occurred just in the past two weeks.

The first was at the Pentagon and the White House, where multiple packages issued to President Trump, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson tested positive for castor-oil, which is commonly found in the deadly poison, ricin.

So that happened.

The second instance was in Houston, where two of Ted Cruz’s campaign staffers were sent to the hospital after Cruz’s office received an envelope with white powder in it. The building had to be evacuated and the Houston Fire Department HazMat team had to be called in to evaluate the problem. Luckily, the substance turned out to be non-toxic.

The third incident was on Capitol Hill, where Congressman Andy Harris (R-MD) was assaulted in his office by protestors.

The fourth came last Wednesday afternoon, where an intern of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was arrested for doxing three GOP senators.

Here are three more examples of the radical Left calling for the harassment of Republicans.

Or take the case of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who was screamed out of a Washington D.C. restaurant last week for his position supporting Brett Kavanaugh and due process.

The radical Left’s attacks on political dissidents didn’t just begin with the Kavanaugh fiasco, however. There are several other past examples of the far Left calling for—or in some cases justifying—violence and malevolence against Republicans.

In the 2012 election, Joe Biden led the charge in smearing GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney as someone who wanted to “put black people back in chains.” Did it matter to the Left that Romney was arguably one of the most honorable presidential candidates in modern American politics? No, but he’s a Republican, thus their anger is justified.

Another case took place in Kentucky during November last year, where Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was assaulted outside of his home and had six of his ribs broken.

Or earlier this year in February, when Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was raked over the coals by David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, and the far Left after the Parkland shooting in February for accepting $9,900 dollars in campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Did Rubio have anything to do with the atrocity at Parkland? No, but he’s a Republican. So he must be attacked.

We can also look a few months back in June, where Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) literally said at a rally that “If you see anybody from [President Trump’s] Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

Not to mention the congressional baseball shooting in June of 2017, where House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) was shot and almost died at the hands of a radical leftist.

All of this is clearly plaguing—regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat is the one justifying hostility. But when the aforementioned case of Ted Cruz occurred in the Capitol, Cruz’s challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), was quick to denounce the protestors’ behavior.

And good on Beto for doing so.

The political conversation has been plagued to believe that anyone that doesn’t align with one’s beliefs wants the worst for the country—yet that simply isn’t the case.

In order to restore civility and mutual respect among politicians and citizens, the blatant character attacks people often resort to need to be done away with. Though we might not always agree on political issues, there should be a common understanding that the “other guy” is not evil, but rather has a different perspective on how to reach a solution.

Americans are too strong and too free to turn to nonsensical hostility in politics.

Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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About Avery Klatsky

Avery Klatsky is a high school senior from Dallas, Texas. His political interests include foreign policy, economics, free speech, and more.

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