Civility versus Uncivility

In the book of Ephesians, chapter 6 versus 12, Paul writes:

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

This was true two thousand years ago and is true today in 2018.  Politics has always been rough, in July of 1804 the sitting Vice President Aaron Burr shot the former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. Needless to say, polarization has been worse before.   The real battle is not between left and right but rather civility versus uncivility.

I have been very fortunate, the interactions I have had with my opponent, with Republican precinct chairs, and with Republican volunteers have all been civil.  While we sharply disagree on issues, there have not been threats against me or vandalism of my property.  This cannot be said for everyone.  Nationally we had the bombs that were sent to the Obamas, the Clintons and other prominent Democrats and just yesterday, here in Denton County, one of my fellow Democrats had a person spit at her and try to run her down with their car.

To blame all of this on Donald Trump would be false, this problem existed long before he ran for President and will continue long after he is gone.  He has however made this problem even worse.  Instead of offering calming language and leadership, Donald Trump stirs the pot and acts like a spoiled and entitled child.  As bad as Donald Trump is toward civility in our politics, his enablers have caused even more harm by making excuses and saying that this is ok.

If we wish to see civility return to our politics, it is imperative that each side hold its own to the highest standard.  When we see people on our side acting uncivil, it is our duty to call them out. To accept uncivility simply because “that is what they do” is not good enough.  This is a struggle that will never end, it is like tending to a garden, leave it alone for a little bit and the weeds come back.