In the political sense, civility is the engaging with other people, either in writing or the spoken word, who have different opinions, in a polite and courteous manner. It precludes yelling, name calling, condescension, eye rolling, smirking, guffawing and sarcasm. It seems that in the last few years, almost every pundit, columnist, newscaster and editorialist from the far right to the far left has commented on the lack of civil discourse. Usually coupled with stories about the lack of civility, is the apparent fact that our country is more divided now than at any time since the Civil War.
There is an obvious, deep chasm between conservatives and the far left. What the so-called experts fail to point out, is that civility is a two way street. When you start a conversation, report or article by calling someone a racist, sexist, homophobe, misogynist, Nazi or Hitler, you should not expect civility in the response you receive. A civil discourse requires a civil beginning.
When those on the far left complain about the lack of civility today, it borders on the comic. For at least the last decade and a half they have spewed incivility at the birth of every controversy, most of which they have manufactured. Truth rarely matters to them. Remember the “Bush lied, people died” slogan that the left kept screaming after few weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq? The fact that there is video of Madeline Albright, Hilary Clinton, John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi all saying that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, didn't matter to them. All that mattered was that by screeching this mantra they could make a Republican President look bad.
Recall the “Hands up. Don't Shoot” chant after the Ferguson, Missouri riots? It didn't matter that Michael Brown, who was essentially to blame for those riots, was on video committing a robbery or that he was attacking a police officer and trying to get his gun when he was killed. All that mattered to the left was trying to make law enforcement look like brutal murderers regardless of how much of a lie that was. No civility whatsoever involved there.
The crux of the matter is that the so-called progressive left seems to have a one way definition of civility. They seem to think that if someone reacts to their false accusations of being a racist, sexist, murderer, or Hitler, that person is not civil. Like Pavlov's dogs, they have been conditioned to think this. Somewhere along the way, Republican Presidents and candidates (most notably both Bushes and candidate Romney), have adhered to and spread the myth that it is “unpresidential” to respond in any fashion to such mean spirited and untrue charges. They either remained silent or offered statements that sound more like apologies than denials.
Imagine the Left's frustration when counter-puncher Donald Trump not only won the Republican nomination, but won the Presidency. The main stream media has leaned to the left for half a century. One can only guess how they felt when Trump exposes them as such.
Almost all but the most establishment Republicans and a large number of all Americans have been waiting for someone to stand up to elite, condescending establishment politicians and bureaucrats of both parties. Trump's policies have enriched this country and the average middle class family. The Democrats fear that Trump will win a landslide reelection and his coattails will pull Republicans again into a majority in the House. Their fear is justified. That's why their only hope is on these false accusations for impeachment. Most Americans have had enough. If Trump is uncivil, in response to lies and slanderous name calling, and in defense of the American people, than civility be damned.