Civility in American Politics is misnamed because what they’re really talking about is Civility in Politics. I would urge people not to sign this petition. I admit things like Romney’s high school bullying or references to Obama as a marxist are not particularly relevant to the political debate. However, a petition like this is pointless, and it gives fuel to those who want to minimize dissent in favor or government sanctioned “free” speech. It also shows the ignorance of Americans that 74% “think the tone of political campaigns have grown more negative than past election years.” This is a common refrain from idiot commentators, but it’s just not true.

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