There was a time in American history when discourse was civilized.
In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas toured Illinois while campaigning for the U.S. Senate, debating the future of slavery in the territories, and how this future should be regulated. The two were mismatched and in strong opposition, to be sure, but each held the other in high esteem. The debates regularly ran over three hours, but the crowds were held in rapt attention as the two discussed the merits of popular sovereignty versus a more rigid ban on slavery in the territories. Newspapers across the country reprinted these debates and civic-minded citizens across the nation took note of Lincoln’s plainspoken but sophisticated rhetorical style for the first time.
In 2007, however, we have this:
AWESOME! Did you see that? Chevy totally won that argument! There is literally no comeback for that!
In your face, Ford! SNAP!
In summation, the inexorable progression of man continues.
God bless America.