The rhetoric employed by the left and the right in political discourse is far too vitriolic. Because they have been so much more successful in the broadcast media, it seems that the Right is most guilty. Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly are noticeable examples. Both of them, IMHO, live and operate in the world of theatre and not in the world of politics. (Bring back Will Rodgers.)
Is it no longer possible to be both political and civil? Was it the ouster of Richard Nixon that ended political civility? If political incivility is counterproductive, how do we end it?