Are civility and rule of law a veneer?

By: Mike McClary
Published by: Culpeper Star-Exponent
Date Published: August 26, 2017

When did America become such a mean country? The white supremacists, neo-Nazis and Klansmen who ignited the conflagration in Charlottesville focused the nation’s attention on this question. This is particularly pertinent when the president of the United States intones that some Nazis are fine people. Trump is setting a very low bar for the category of “fine people.”

Many of our families fought the Nazis, and other fascists, in World War II and none of us expected to see them, zombie-like, reappear in America — the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave. It was not bravery that amateur neo-Nazi James Fields was demonstrating when he allegedly drove his car into a crowd and murdered a Madison County woman and injured 30 others. Nor was it very brave for the torch-bearing crowd that moved onto the University of Virginia campus, without a permit, to threaten the statue of Thomas Jefferson, and struck a counter-protester who later suffered a stroke and remains in critical condition.

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