Incivility is escalating and now we have pipe bombs. We need a contagion of kindness.

Thu, 2018-10-25

USA Today | Steven Petrow

What’s The Civilist to do? Yes, that’s my nom de plume — as the promoter of all things civil, especially when it comes to politics but also when it comes to individuals.

For two years now, Democrats have tried to live by former first lady Michelle Obama’s motto, “When they go low, we go high.” Her comment at the 2016 Democratic National Convention has been understood as a rebuff to President Donald Trump for his long list of uncivil felonies, including referring to undocumented immigrants as “murderers and thieves” and “animals,” women as “fat, ugly” and a “dog,” and journalists and political opponents as “crazy,”"mentally deranged,” “sleazy” and “corrupt."

Wednesday’s news that pipe bombs were sent to several prominent Democratic targets of right-wing ire, among them Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, former Attorney General Eric Holder and Rep. Maxine Waters of California is "a clear sign that our civil discourse is so off track that it is becoming a national security threat,” says Carolyn Lukensmeyer, executive director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse.