I Know Personally Civility Once Existed In Politics
Years ago I worked in the legislature. Things were very different then. People would argue on the floor all day about different ways to do things, ideas, finances. But at the end of the day everyone would go out and have a beer or dinner and socialize. People had friends across the isle, very often good friends. People understood you had to work together to get things done which they did. They disagreed but generally respected each other. It was a fun and interesting place to be. Not anymore.
Over the past generation we have seen the rise of a group of people who are against politics. These groups — best exemplified by the Tea Party but not exclusive to the right — want to elect people who have no political experience. They want “outsiders.” They delegitimize compromise and deal-making. They’re willing to trample the customs and rules that give legitimacy to legislative decision-making if it helps them gain power.
Ultimately, they don’t recognize other people. They suffer from a form of political narcissism, in which they don’t accept the legitimacy of other interests and opinions. They don’t recognize restraints. They want total victories for themselves and their doctrine.