Give me the incivility of freedom over the soft peddling of civil tyranny and day of the week.
Would we have had the American Revolution without incivility? Would we have had the war to free the slaves without incivility? We weren’t civil to the Empire of Japan nor the Third Reich in World War II. We weren’t civil in arming indigenous revolutionary forces fighting the Soviets in the Cold War.
All of these initiatives came from uncivil conservatives, not civil liberals. Ronald Reagan understood this with every fiber of his being, best articulating his view in 1964, when he told listeners that they could “surrender” to the Soviet threat and thereby gain civility, if also slavery. But he said “You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery.” Freedom and the struggle for freedom is often loud.