Hunter Biden went to church this weekend but stopped the motorcade mid-trip for coffee and bagels. No regard for other people traveling, no respect for those in the motorcade, no concern for how a mid-motorcade stop would look, and zero care from the President! Just so Hunter knows, when you travel in a Presidential Motorcade, you are NOT a private citizen who can stop anywhere without implications!
We have National Guard troops sleeping in a parking garage, and the commander in chief cannot even take enough time to address their housing, but heaven forbid Hunter Biden should not have his coffee and bagels on his way to church. Abysmal behavioral disconnects were infuriating under President Obama; a repeat under President Biden is disgraceful, detestable, and downright demoralizing. But, wait, there’s more!
The AP has the bitter cherry for the crap sundae news piece. A bitter hit piece on Pres. Trump declaring civility had returned to Washington DC with the inauguration of President Biden. As a child, I often watched Pres. Reagan navigating the rocky shoals of Washington DC and wondered where respect, modesty, civility, and common sense were in politics. As an adult, I have witnessed both sides of the political spectrum call for civility and then act like churlish rubes. If this is acceptable “civility,” I want more incivility after the pattern established by President Trump!
The media sycophants in the White House, the flunkey talking heads on the news programs, the lickspittles with megaphones, the kowtowers in the House and Senate, the craven fawners in the Supreme Court, all leave me wanting to grab an airsick bag and projectile vomit my lunch! 2015, along comes a non-politician, speaks well when treated well, can fight when he is abused, and does not talk or act like the cronies and toadies we have abhorred. All the media could do was take a bitter hater pill, slurp the Hater-Aid every morning, and devour each other’s lies, and now the media wants to celebrate a “return to civility?” Not on my watch!
Civility is defined as politeness in speech and courtesy in behavior. Yet, I was raised that civility, like respect, is earned. When someone abuses you, disrespects you, lies to your face, and stabs you in the back; offering civility and respect to that person had been forfeit, and you receive what you earned—not condoning violence, merely the action of meeting disrespect and loathing, with disrespect, and loathing.
During the Iran Contra mess, I remember watching President Reagan answer insulting and worthless questions and asked why he was not treated more respectfully as the President. My answer: “that’s politics.” No, that is not “politics” that is politicking, and it has become the national sport. As a refresher, politicking occurs when politicians include activities undertaken for political reasons or otherwise promoting themselves or their policies. Politicks is narcissism on steroids, where the personal belief that you are better than others and all else are scum to be scrapped. Nightly, Americans have watched twelve-years of politicking, disrespect, innuendo, and plain turpitude, and I must wonder, why now should civility return?
In reviewing the historical usage of the term civility, we might answer why the calls for civility are being made now. From dictionary.com we find, the origins of civil in the “late Middle English: from Old French civilite, from Latin civilitas, from civilis ‘relating to citizens’ (see civil). In early use, the term denoted the state of being a citizen and hence good citizenship or orderly behavior. The sense ‘politeness’ arose in the mid 16th century” [emphasis mine]. Apparently, we have another president who considers themselves above the machinations of ordinary folk, by reason of being elected, and now wants all their citizens to exude “orderly behavior.” Carrot and stick tyranny, using the people’s money and abusing government for self-aggrandizement and enrichment.
Tell me, where were the calls for civility back when Minneapolis was burning last spring? Where was Biden/Harris in leading for calls of civility all last summer? Where were the calls for orderly behavior when the media ran with the lie that President Trump won by using Russian interference? When the public’s property was stolen by CHAZ/CHOP, who was admonishing for civility, citizenship, and politeness? The entire primary season, those now in the seats of power, on both sides of the aisle, refused to admonish, reprimand, rebuke, or chastise the puerile behavior of terrorists. Still, these same people could always make time to insult, gossip, and undercut the President.
Even now, Portland continues to burn from the actions of terrorists, all connected to the liberal politics of the left, and none of the political leaders will support the “Rule of Law” and end the tyranny of terrorism. Yet, everyone else is commanded to be civil, polite, kind, and accept what is being forced upon us by our political masters. Not bloody likely!
John Pinette, the comedian, had a famous line, “My Cherub-Like Demeanor.” Well, “My cherub-like demeanor” has been abused, beaten, and bruised enough! Civility is respect, respect is civility, and both require a place for growth through trust. I cannot trust a fraudulent president. I cannot trust the media. I cannot trust Congress. Why should I allow my cherub-like demeanor to continue to be abused while I abase myself in the hopes that some government bureaucratic ticket-puncher will send benefits my way?
No! Absolutely NOT! If you want civility, act in a manner that is civil first! Want respect, act in a manner worthy of respect. Desire consideration for your political opinion, spew fewer lies, disrespect, and hatred. Desire politeness and good manners show them to others first! A bureaucrat at the Post Office by my house always treats people based upon race, I am not in the favored category, and this person’s actions are bloody reprehensible. Why have we allowed the bureaucrats to weaponize government; because we allowed through voting those who lead the government and provide the example.
During President Obama’s years, I regularly saw “Tea-Party” demonstrations. They were quiet, respectful, well mannered, and the media used every trick in their Cloward and Piven textbooks to denigrate and deride the Tea-Party. The difference between the hordes of liberals protesting and the Tea-Party was 180-degrees of separation. Hence, it is time to treat the puerile like children, the detestable as the despised they are, and the repellant as the excrement they treat others.
Civility is a grand goal to achieve, but offering courtesy and getting slapped, is not a method for progression but continued abuse. President Trump taught well; you can disagree without resorting to violence. You can share a cherub-like demeanor with those who respect you and treat your opposition as they treat you. You can stand and oppose without losing the moral high ground. That is what is needed right now! End the liberal left’s grand ideas of superiority by reminding them they are citizens as well, and civility is first offered, not demanded without reciprocation. It must be shared to improve anything with those who think differently.
There is no excuse for continuing the cycles of abuse while watching extremists from both parties call for that which they have no intention of offering. President Biden has no intention of following the US Constitution, neither does Kamala Harris, Speakers Pelosi, and Schumer, or any of their ilk. Worse, they will continue to call for that which they refuse to offer. Tell them firmly NO! We are not servants to government; the government is a servant to the citizens, and they should be showing civility and respect! If they want respect and civility, they need to offer respect and civility, follow the law, and do their jobs as outlined in the US Constitution.
© 2021 M. Dave Salisbury
All Rights Reserved
The images used herein were obtained in the public domain; this author holds no copyright to the images displayed.