Cowardice Posing as Civility
It’s not often that the American Spectator’s Andrew Cline is just plain dead wrong, but this time he is and importantly so.
Civility and the Constitution
By Andrew Cline on 9.10.10 @ 6:09AM
I remember growing up in a conservative movement that, reacting to the rampant permissiveness of the 1960s and ’70s, stressed the virtue of civility. Sure, you have the right to flagrantly offend your neighbors and your community. But should you? Conservatism used to answer “no.”
Civility is no trump to courage, good sir. There have been times in history when conservatives have been obligated to say far more than merely “yes.” Recall Dresden; Hiroshima. The ugly fire-bombings of these cities went far beyond simple uncivilized offense to achieve fear and regret in our enemies. They were pivotal in our victories. We could have done the “civilized” thing and held-back, though instead we did the difficult thing, the right thing.
When my neighbors believe that a pious member of their faith is under an obligation prescribed by their “prophet” to kill me, a Jew – for the sin of my Jewishness, then my mere existence in our community is in and of itself an offense. What then should my “civilized” response be? To reach out and work for some sort of compromise? Better in the long run to muster the strength to tackle the source of the problem directly. Civilization is not civilized without first justice and courage.
When the source of that unholy obligation is a “holy” text, then that text must be burned, and burned publicly. It is the fundamental lack of “civilized” values within the text for which the text’s ponces must become ashamed. It is our willingness to stand-up and defend Western civilization that they must fear. I would burn Mein Kampf, good sir. Das Kapital… for these texts also are evil, are enemies of civil society. My burning of Mein Kampf is a civilized response to evil, just as were our fire-bombings and destruction was upon the enemy until they surrendered in defeat.
Civility is not at all times about peace, brother. It is about doing the right thing.