Whatever happened to Civility? The way our national discourse has degenerated in the past few months into a great big pile of shit just makes me want to throw the fuck up. Dana Milbank, as always, makes the point pithily:

As President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, the nation’s rapidly deteriorating discourse hit yet another low.

It happened at 8:40 pm, just after the president vowed to lawmakers that his health-care reform proposals would not provide benefits to illegal immigrants. As millions of Americans watched from home, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted at the president from his fifth-row seat: "You lie!"

Murmurs of "ooh" filled the stunned chamber.

Not "ooh!" Has it gone so far? Next thing you know, some idiot prominent Washington journalist is going to make an ass of himself by making "jokes" about how the Secretary of State is a "mad bitch." As hard as that might be to believe such a thing could ever occur, it just might come to pass.

Meh. None of this should be taken to taken as defense of "Joe" Addison Jefferson Davis Boss Hogg Wilson, the "You Lie Guy" from the Great State of Paranoid Lunacy.

All I’m saying is that the problem with the "You Lie" thing is that it was crazy horseshit, not that it was impolite, even though it was impolite. Milbank is shocked, shocked at the lack of decorum at "what was supposed to be a sacred ritual of American democracy." Milbank is thus upset because an Unwritten Law of Washington Protocol was violated — far more so than he is about anything like who is lying and who isn’t about this "illegal aliens" race-baiting intentional-distraction nonsense.

"Civility" in the Village idiom means "political point scoring according to rules we usually just made up, because we can’t be bothered to know anything about anything." And, you know, fuck that shit. Because, you know, anything can be made to sound Nice! For instance. (Don’t click that link unless you’re able to handle something really, actually, genuinely nauseating and vile and gross.)