The liberals who are suddenly concerned about the decline of civility in our body politic might want to take a look at this column, written by Garrison Keillor and published in the Chicago Tribune:
When an entire major party has excused itself from meaningful debate and [blah blah blah], one starts to wonder if the country wouldn’t be better off without them and if Republicans should be cut out of the health-care system entirely and simply provided with aspirin and hand sanitizer. Thirty-two percent of the population identifies with the GOP, and if we cut off health care to them, we could probably pay off the deficit in short order.
Not long ago, Thomas Friedman wrote in the New York Times that we would be better off under a China-style autocracy. I guess Keillor is just following that train of thought to its logical conclusion.
POSTSCRIPT: This doesn’t make me feel any better about putting liberals in charge of health care, by the way.