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The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

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  • Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity
  • You don’t really want civility, anyway.
  • Related: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

 

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: So, Now You Want Civility?

https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/TrumpDisabled2.jpgYou don’t really want civility, anyway. That’s not what you’re asking for. If you were simply asking for that, we wouldn’t have an issue.

John Pavlowitz, JohnPavlowitz.com

June 26, 2018 | Civility.

That’s the card you’re pulling now, Trump supporters?


That’s where you’ve landed?


That’s your go-to play at this stage of the game?


It’s a little late for you to roll that out now, isn’t it?

https://johnpavlovitz.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/johnMosaicHeadshot.jpg John Pavlowitz is a writer, pastor, and activist from Wake Forest, North Carolina. In the past four years his blog Stuff That Needs To Be Said has reached a diverse worldwide audience. A 20-year veteran in the trenches of local church ministry, John is committed to equality, diversity, and justice—both inside and outside faith communities. In 2017 he released his first book, A Bigger Table. His new book, Hope and Other Superpowers, arrives on November 6th.

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Part 2: The Civility Debate Has Reached Peak Stupidity

We got here around the time Newt Gingrich called for more civil discourse.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sarah%20Huckabee%20Leads%20Trump%2C%20Others%20on%20a%20Chase.jpgJun 25, 2018 | By all accounts, the most civil action taken in L’affaire Poule Rouge was the way Stephanie Wilkinson handled her refusal to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. She first consulted with her staff, several members of which were gay and were angry at the administration*’s policies in that regard, and everyone was outraged by what was going on at the border. Wilkinson then took a vote on whether or not to serve Sanders. When the staff voted not to do so, she politely informed Sanders and her party that they would not be eating at the Red Hen that night. She even comped them the cheese plates they’d already ordered.

She did not use an official government Twitter account to discuss the episode, as Sanders did later. She did not use the power of the Oval Office to try and destroy someone’s business, as the president* found time to do later. She asked the staff what they wanted to do. She took a vote. She abided by their wishes. If there’s a more civil way of saying “no” to someone, I don’t know what it would be.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Charles%20P.%20Pierce_1.jpgCharles P. Pierce is a staff writer for Grantland and the author of Idiot America. He writes regularly for Esquire, is the lead writer for Esquire.com’s Politics blog, and is a frequent guest on NPR.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds. Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.
  • Related: This Nation Is Politically Deranged.

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Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake. We Have Lost Our Minds.

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  • Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake
  • Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.
  • Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.
  • The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Psychologist: Rejecting Values and Responsibility Was a Big Mistake

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Rejecting values and responsibility leads to a life devoid of purpose.

Annie Holmquist, Intellectual Takeout

May 30, 2018 | In May 2017 LifeWay Research released an interesting survey. It found that 80 percent of Americans were concerned “about declining moral behavior in our nation.”

As the survey went on to report, such concern was not unfounded. While 63 percent of the 65+ crowd agreed that right and wrong was objective, or does not change, only 36 percent of the 18-24 age group thought the same. In other words, two-thirds of the next generation believe standards of right and wrong are relative to the individual.

How did we get to such a place?

http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/styles/medium/public/annie.jpg?itok=gDEYHE_R Annie Holmquist is a senior writer for Intellectual Takeout. In her role, she assists with website content production and social media messaging.  She also brings 20+ years of experience as a music educator and a volunteer teacher – particularly with inner city children – to the table in her research and writing. 

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Part 2: It’s no joke that we have lost our minds.

The Founding Fathers just ordered another round.

Daniel Ruth, Tampa Bay (FL) Times

June 4, 2018 | You get up in the morning, and the sun is shining. The birds are chirping. The garden is in full bloom. It all seems so nice. And then you unfold the paper and realize it is never too early to start eyeing the liquor cabinet.

This is the sorry state we live in.

Demands for apologies abound.

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This Nation Is Politically Deranged. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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The Justice Department Inspector General's report proves the nation became addicted to unreality.

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Hopeless But Not Broken: From George Carlin to Adderall Protest Music

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George Carlin expressed hopelessness about humanity in general—which he saw as “circling the drain”—but he had great admiration for artists with courage.

Bruce E. Levine, Counterpunch

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May 2, 2018 | George Carlin, in his book Brain Droppings, told us that his motto had come to be: “Fuck Hope.” In his autobiography Last Words, Carlin recalled, “The election of Ronald Reagan might’ve been the beginning of my giving up on my species. Because it was absurd.”

We can only imagine how Carlin, who died in 2008, would have described the 2016 presidential election, in which Americans were given a choice between two of the most disliked people in the entire nation. If Carlin thought that the election of Reagan was absurd, what would he have called the election of Trump?

Bruce E. Levine, a practicing clinical psychologist, writes and speaks about how society, culture, politics and psychology intersect.  He is the author of Get Up, Stand Up: Uniting Populists, Energizing the Defeated, and Battling the Corporate Elite (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011). 

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Life, liberty and the pursuit of profit: America’s assault on arts funding is cultural suicide.

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The new federal spending bill ups funding for the NEA, thankfully. But at the state level, outlooks aren’t so rosy (Credit: Getty/Salon)

  • The shortsighted and simpleminded can justify America’s assault on the arts and education with dubious conservative slogans like “fiscal responsibility,” “belt tightening” and “real world metrics,” but no euphemism can conceal its true nature. It is a form of cultural suicide.
  • A nation that values nothing will produce nothing of value.

David Masciotra, Salon

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Orchestra%20Musician.jpg03/24/18 | any American historians, especially when they shapeshift into the role of nationalistic boosters, enjoy referencing the praise Alexis de Tocqueville bestowed upon “Democracy in America” when he visited the new nation from his native France in the early nineteenth century. Most tend to omit or overlook the eternally relevant indictment de Tocqueville issued against the dominant value system of American life. “As one digs deeper into the national character of the Americans,” de Tocqueville wrote a friend in a private letter, “one sees that they have sought the value of everything in this world only in the answer to this single question: how much money will it bring in?”

The ultimate criterion of judgment in the United States destroys that which is most elemental to the maintenance of an excellent and enjoyable civilization. Profit is essential for creating a high standard of living, and it does energize a creative spirit in many individuals, but if made central to a culture, it becomes vampiric — slowly sucking the blood out of anything that cannot perpetually produce treasure for money managers, financiers, investors, bankers and agents.

David Masciotra is the author of four books, including "Mellencamp: American Troubadour" (University Press of Kentucky, 2015) and "Barack Obama: Invisible Man" (Eyewear Publishing, 2017).

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Why America is the World’s Most Uniquely Cruel Society

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  • Or, How Punching Down Became a Way of Life
  • Related: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”
  • Related: "Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again

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Feb 19, 2018 | In this essay, I want to share with you a tiny theory of what it means to be American. It is up to you to judge, as ever, whether it carries any weight. All that I will say is that when I look around, it explains, a little, what I see.

Any theory of being American must explain one salient and striking fact: cruelty. America is the most cruel nation among its peers — even among most poor countries today. It is something like a new Rome. It has little, if any, functioning healthcare, education, transport, media, no safety nets, no stability, security. The middle class is collapsing, and life expectancy is falling. Young people die for a lack of insulin they cannot crowdfund. Elderly middle-class people live and die in their cars. Kids massacre each other in schools — when they’re not self-medicating the pain of it all away. The combination of these pathologies happens nowhere else — not a single place — in the world. Not even Pakistan, Costa Rica, or Rwanda. Hence, the world is aghast daily at the depths of American cruelty — yet somehow, they seem bottomless.

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“No civilization would tolerate what America has done.” David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon 

  • (We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.)
  • Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society.
  • Torture Is Who We Are

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"Morally Obscene" Trump Budget Proposal Stands to Make America Cruel Again, Deirdre Fulton, Common Dreams

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  • Environment, public education, worker protections, and cultural institutions all stand to lose under Trump's "cruel" budget blueprint.
  • Related: What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

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The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity

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  • Part 1: Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity
    • Billy Graham is finally at rest, but we still wrestle with his complicated legacy.
  • Part 2: A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture
  • Tracing the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

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Part 1: Billy Graham and the Gospel of American Nationalistic Christianity

For the most prolific modern-day evangelist of not only Jesus, but a nationalistic American style of Christianity, this (lying in state in the US Capitol is the right ending to a complicated story. Billy Graham is finally at rest, but we still wrestle with his complicated legacy.

Anthea Butler, Religion Dispatches

http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/grahamPower.jpgFebruary 22, 2018 | Billy Graham’s death on the same day as the anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X is an interesting postscript to the life of America’s premier evangelist of Americanism. It would take an outsider to deftly articulate Graham’s mission. In his speech, Message to the Grassroots, Malcolm X said: “I have watched how Billy Graham comes into a city, spreading what he calls the gospel of Christ, which is only white nationalism. That’s what he is. Billy Graham is a white nationalist; I’m a black nationalist….”

I’m sure that Billy Graham did not like being called a white nationalist back then, and many evangelicals will bristle at this quote even now. With Graham’s death, it’s time to reconsider how his promotion of a nationalistic version of Americanized Christianity has influenced evangelicals today. Graham’s proximity to the office of the presidency and government since the Eisenhower administration is part of why we see scenes of eager evangelicals embracing President Trump. It’s also responsible for a large cohort of evangelicals who are actively supporting Islamophobia, isolationism, and America first policies.

http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/anthea_258.jpg Anthea Butler is a Contributing Editor to Religion Dispatches. Her book, ’The Gospel According To Sarah: How Sarah Palinin’s Tea Party Angels are Galvanizing the Religious Right came out in 2013. 

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Part 2: A Locked and Loaded Covenant: The Religious Roots of America’s Gun Culture

A review of Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz' Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment,  which traces the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment.

Peter Laarman, Religion Dispatches

http://www.citylights.com/Resources/titles/87286100460830/Images/87286100460830M.jpg?1523210544437 March 7, 2018 | Garry Wills was being only slightly ironic when he wrote (in the wake of the ghastly Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando) that it is “theologically inconceivable” to implement real gun control in the United States:

  • God gave us guns to show us who we are. Giving up the gun would be surrender to evil, taking us abruptly into eschatological time …
  • The Gun is patriotic.
  • The Gun is America.
  • The Gun is God.

In her highly readable and timely new book, Loaded: A Disarming History of the Second Amendment, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz deftly traces the historical and religious roots attaching to the sanctity of the Second Amendment in the minds of millions of Americans who are not gun owners or NRA members.

http://religiondispatches.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/laarman-150x150.jpg Peter Laarman is a United Church of Christ minister who served as senior minister of New York's Judson Memorial Church and then as executive director of LA's Progressive Christians Uniting before retiring in 2014. He remains deeply involved in national and regional social justice projects touching on race, class, and religion.

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Goodman: Has our democracy become a reality show?

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Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (Michael Conrad) calls the roll on Hill Street Blues.

Government has become a 24-hour reality show, and its leader is creating reality by the second, tweet after tweet, post after post, firing after firing. In its wake we’ve seen less heroism and more hedonism, less truth and more fiction, as the nation lurches from nuclear showdowns to tariff-spawned meltdowns.

Adam Goodman, special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

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April 5, 2018 | Hollywood lost a legend this week, and America a road map, when Hill Street Blues creator Steven Bochco played out his final episode on Earth. Bochco was the pioneering force in television, and mentor to countless entertainment giants, who braved censors and cynics to craft unforgettable stories grounded on the streets of urban America.

His Emmy Award-winning Hill Street Blues for NBC (together with Fame, Taxi, and Cheers) anchored what was known in the ’80s as the best night in television. It was a landmark show because it dealt with reality as a life force worth experiencing.

Adam Goodman is a national Republican media consultant based in St. Petersburg and the first Edward R. Murrow Fellow at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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