The Death of Civility in America

 As Joe Newby previously reported,  John Boehner stunned the audience at a Scott Tipton fund raiser at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, when he called Senator Ted Cruz a “jackass.”

He stated that he was glad the Senator from Texas was on the campaign trail because it “keeps that jackass out of Washington” and prevents him from “telling me how to do my job.” It’s the death of civility in America.

There’s never been any love lost between the two, as Cruz has used every trick in the book to mess with Boehner’s cooperation with the Democratic agenda.

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“I don’t think it’s terribly speaker-like, and I think it kind of goes against everything that Reagan ever said about disparaging Republicans.” Ed MacArthur, attendee

“I about fell on the floor. To build coalitions to work together in Washington, D.C., you don’t start it out by calling your colleague a ‘jackass.” Another attendee.

Ted Cruz, left, John Boehner, right – Photo via The Politician

Sure, Speaker Boehner has the “right” to say whatever he wants. But is it helping the GOP? Not really. But it might help Ted Cruz. The Republican establishment are the only ones who like Boehner anyway. Who’s the real ‘jackass’ again?

The Death of Civility means a lack of truth

John Boehner’s remark is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Right  now, it is difficult to tell the right from the left or the GOP from the Democrats just by the angry rhetoric. We’ve lost our ability to be civil in favor of name calling, which means truth suffers.

Hillary referred the field of pro-life Republican candidates as terrorists. No joke. She’s never been a truth teller, but it seems rougher now that her numbers have fallen.

“Extreme views about women, we expect that from some of the terrorist groups. We expect that from people who don’t want to live in the modern world. But it’s a little hard to take coming from Republicans who want to be president of the United States. Yet, they espouse out of touch and out-of-date policies. They are dead-wrong for 21st century America. We are going forward. We are not going back.” Hillary Clinton

She views pro-life people as “extreme,”  like terrorists. She defends the practices of Planned Parenthood, who will slice open a baby’s face to get its brain for experiments, or cut out a baby’s still-beating heart. Truth to her is death for money. And she’s been doing it for decades. Who are the real terrorists? Where is the truth?

Then there are those in both parties who have called Donald Trump a ‘racist’ because of his immigration stance. That’s not true, either.

The mainstream media does its level best to sway voters in their direction, even if it means calling pro-gun people “fools” and “cowards,” like CNN’s Chris Cuomo. No truth there.

Time would fail to explain the Governor of California waiving the final exams of any student who is “facing an uncertain outcome of their senior year.” So will colleges waive their entrance exams or let students off the hook there as well? No truth there either.

The real “jackasses”

Our anger and frustration is becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy, guaranteeing that truth will die on the battleground of political game playing. The more we yell, kick, and call people names (take the #BlackLivesMatter crowd for example), the worse things will become. Who are the real “jackasses” again?

The original version of this article is posted at Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children

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Faye Higbee

Faye Higbee is the columnist manager for Uncle Sam's Misguided Children. She has been writing at Conservative Firing Line since 2013 as well. She is also a published author.

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