Friday, March 18, 2011

The Incivility Project

I have not said too much about the public displays of incivility in Madison, Wisconsin. It seems more than obvious that the unions and their supporters were perfectly willing to engage in outright thuggery to get what they want, regardless of democratic elections.

It is equally obvious, and has been remarked by just about everyone, that all of the plaintive calls for civility after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting were political posturing, an attempt to tar Republicans with responsibility for what happened in Tucson.

Civility for thee and not for me… as I called it.

For the record, John Nolte has compiled a dossier of some of the most egregiously uncivil and thuggish words and actions from Madison, WI. Link here.

It is a disgraceful episode, made more vile by the fact that the self-righteous Democrats who were trashing the Tea Party for being impolite and uncivil have not offered a single word of condemnation for what happened in Wisconsin.

Not only are they hypocrites, but they do not even have enough respect for the intelligence of the American people to disguise it.


Anonymous said...

Methinks they doth protest too much.
Who has a more "thin-skinned (sense of) pride or self-respect"?
There really is "no progressive equivalent to the right's violent rhetoric."

Thanks as always.

Dan B.

Anonymous said...

TO: Dr. Schneiderman, et al.
RE: Heh

History repeats itself. That's one of the problems with History.

Looking back on my studies of history, this is the tried-and-true means of seizing power from people.

They claim 'victimhood' and then use the claim to implement 'programs/operations' to 'reverse' their claimed oppression. And the end result is worse than the situation known to exist in the first place. They do worse then their originally-claimed 'oppressors' ever did.

Witness Robespierre and the French 'Reign of Terror'. And they thought it all 'justified'.

But don't worry—it's going to follow in the same foot-steps as before and be, by far, more horrendous than anyone had imagined heretofore, i.e., things will get 'worse'.


[Put on the 'full armor'....]

P.S. You're gonna NEED it....

Stuart Schneiderman said...

Isn't it just another double standard. When one side does it, it's violent rhetoric inducing violent actions. When the other side does it, it's patriotic dissent.

It staggers the mind to think of how often they have gotten away with this.

Anonymous said...

So Stuart, have you always been a neo-con, or is that something you picked up in your post-Lacanian period? I mean, citing (apparently with a straight face) Andrew Breitbart as a source? What's next on your Imaginary agenda -- a Fox News gig alongside Dr. Laura? A "Beyond Psychoanalysis" panel with Charles Krauthammer at the next big Koch brothers hoe-down in Palm Desert? You go, girl -- there's plenty of money and power to be made brown-nosing the Right in modern-day America.

Stuart Schneiderman said...

I'm glad to see that you have gotten beyond the mirror stage and have made it to the "ad hominem" stage.

For those who are not keeping up with the latest in developmental psychology, the "ad hominem" stage comes between the mirror stage and the Oedipal stage.

For those who do not care about developmental stages, it corresponds roughly to... preschool.

Either the information gathered in the post I cited is accurate or it is not.

Then you might ask whether it is civil or not.

Then you can tell us whether civility is a value that applies to all participants in political debate or not.

Otherwise you have not contributed very much to the debate.