Whatever happened to a “more civil” discourse?

The extreme righties in particular seem incapable of refraining from personal attacks against Obama or anyone who supports him. And Obama’s being popular overseas (see Clinton, William Jefferson) seems to rankle the righties to no end.

I just don’t see why the righties think it’s a good thing when the rest of the world hates us. Even the Brits aren’t too keen on the United States. It’s not hard to figure why. But why is being universally loathed desirable?

Then there are the tasteless jokes, like the one about Obama appearing at heaven’s gate 20 minutes after being elected “the first black president.” The “joke” is open to “interpretation,” but what it hints at is pretty clear. What kind of people think that’s funny? Not the kind of people I’d associate with.


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