I love this so much.
Today @SpencerJCox and I are releasing joint public service ads on civility in politics. Working together and the peaceful transfer of power are integral to what it means to be American. Let's reforge our national commitment to decency and democracy. #utpol #standunited pic.twitter.com/jeUJ78aVor
— Peterson for Utah (@PetersonUtah) October 20, 2020
The kneejerk partisan response to this, from both sides, is “well, you can’t be civil because the other side is so bad!” (Prediction: there will be plenty of that in the comments to this thread, and all of the people saying it will be Trump supporters — or anti-anti-Trump types.) I also got this response when I retweeted it:
You know, when all politicians do this, and they are all on the same side, it’s called fascism.
— Gerald Dalebout (@gdalebout) October 21, 2020
That tweeter seems to have a really good handle on the essence of fascism: two people who disagree on politics but can personally get along. That was, coincidentally, the core of Mussolini’s philosophy. It’s history! You can read up on it!
David French has a new book out, which I just finished, about our divisions and how they could lead to the country coming apart politically. I owe you a real review of it, but for now suffice it to say that we could use more of the example of the Utah gubernatorial candidates and less Trumpism or radical leftism.
Before the Ahmari-French wars, I was excoriated for telling my daughter two presidential candidates were good men doing what they believed best for the country. How dare I! Didn’t I know one of them was trying to ruin the country? I spent another several months being raked over the coals for disagreeing with a talking head who wanted the president to “fail.” It took until 2016 for me to leave the Republican party, because it took until 2016 to establish that the group that opposed me had taken over the party, but I have opposed this “the other side is the enemy and must be crushed” mentality for as long as I can remember. It’s rare to see politicians rise above it. When they do, I say we should applaud them.