Linda Campbell of the Fort Worth Star Telegram has written a variation on the "I want my country back" commonplace.
I want my country back.
The one where a message of personal responsibility and the value of a good education is celebrated, not denigrated with suspicion and hostility. . . .
Linda Campbell, "Can We Please Act Like the United States?" Fort Worth Star Telegram, 9 September 2009.
Even Campbell would probably admit -- as a rhetorical critic must -- that the United States has often entertained furies of uncivil rhetoric. The current rage at President Obama on the part of a right wing lunatic fringe carries the occasional national carnival of partisan hysteria to shocking lengths, even among some otherwise presumably responsible adults.