Some say comparisons of Obama to Stalin or Hitler mean American discourse is going down the tubes. But according to Ann Gerhart in the Washington Post, we've always been this bad.
Gerhart pegs her story to Charisse Carney-Nunes, who uploaded a YouTube video of schoolkids singing about Obama that quickly got the attention of Fox News. Though Carney-Nunes neither wrote the song nor asked the kids to sing it, she was deluged with hateful messages from "You're a dirtbag commie propagandist trying to infect children with your failed Marxist ideology" to "your Obama chant is right out of Africa." Is the vitriol she received — and the related ire that greeted Obama's address to schoolchildren — evidence of a culture that's forgotten how to be civil? Not really — Gerhart maintains we never really knew how.