The Meaning of Civility in the Aftermath of the Tucson Shootings

In his speech last night, the president called for more civility in American discourse. I discuss what commentators mean by “civility” in a commentary at the Washington Examiner. Appeals to civility are plagued by hypocrisy, double standards, and viewpoint discrimination.

As we noted earlier, there’s no evidence that anything in the current political climate, uncivil or not, contributed to the Tucson shootings, and America’s political climate is fairly tame compared with other cultures and America’s own past.