Here’s a knock on effect. First goes the truth, then goes the civility. Or was it the other way around?
When admitting to making mistakes, and learning, and honesty, even civility, has been made an enemy.
Politics Has Become a Blood Sport
It's time to take a hard look at what's causing America's hatred of the press.
By Linda J. Killian, Opinion Contributor May 25, 2017,
https:// www. usnews. com/opinion/op-ed/articles/2017-05-25/trump-gingrich-gianforte-and-americas-hatred-of-the-media
The Man Who Broke Politics
Newt Gingrich turned partisan battles into bloodsport, wrecked Congress, and paved the way for Trump’s rise. Now he’s reveling in his achievements.
https://. www. theatlantic. com/magazine/archive/2018/11/newt-gingrich-says-youre-welcome/570832/
Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy
September 10, 2020 7.48am EDT
https: //theconversation. com/angry-americans-how-political-rage-helps-campaigns-but-hurts-democracy-145819
As the 2020 presidential election ends, one thing is clear: America is an angry nation. From protests over persistent racial injustice to white nationalist-linked counterprotests, anger is on display across the country.
The national ire relates to inequality, the government’s coronavirus response, economic concerns, race and policing. It’s also due, in large part, to deliberate and strategic choices made by American politicians to stoke voter anger for their own electoral advantage.
Donald Trump’s attempts to enrage his base are so plentiful that progressive magazine The Nation called him a “merchant of anger.” Meanwhile, his opponent, Joe Biden, elicits anger toward the president, calling Trump a “toxic presence” who has “cloaked America in darkness.”
Anger-filled political rhetoric is nothing new. From Andrew Johnson and Richard Nixon to Newt Gingrich, politicians have long known that angry voters are loyal voters. People will support their party’s candidates locally and nationally so long as they remain sufficiently outraged at the opposing party. …