To the Editor:
I’ve seen a lot of pleas for “civility” lately. I’ve seen folks wishing we could unite again like it’s September 12, 2001. I certainly understand the sentiment. Toxic politics certainly take an emotional toll on everyone.
That said, I’d like to tell you why I’ve “turned a cold shoulder” to “civility.”
There was an unspoken agreement between Republicans and Democrats before early November 2016. Both sides honored a level of decorum and seriousness in our politics.
Republicans broke this social contract. They consciously decided to throw their collective weight behind a man who openly brags about sexually assaulting women, makes fun of those with disabilities, denigrates veterans, refuses to condemn KKK leaders, and calls immigrants rapists.
You know I could go on and on. Point being: there was a historic number of Republicans running in the primary.
Had Republicans chosen any of these other candidates over Trump, the social contract—the unspoken agreement—would have been upheld. They actively chose not to do this.
Consequently, I no longer feel bound by this contract. They voided it.
A blind faith in “civility” at some point becomes naïveté. They have a word for a party that keeps honoring a broken contract: sucker.
When Republicans are willing to “come back to the negotiating table” with a reasonable contract to supplant the one they broke, I’m all ears. Until then, I think appeasement masked as “civility” is dangerous and a public disservice. As RBG said so often, I dissent.