What happened to simple civility?

If anyone needs evidence of a complete lack of civility in the average American, the evidence is easily found in the comments on the story about the first lady recovering in the hospital from a kidney procedure.

From the usual complaining about the first family having better health care than the average working American (true but kind of mean- spirited on the day of learning a human being is in the hospital for an ailment) to the downright mean: “I’m not sure why commentators have to be polite about Melania Trump — why it’s not OK to express less than treacly wishes for her full recovery, blah blah blah,” said one commentator.

Others chose the moment to pick on the marital habits of the president, or how a week in the hospital gets her away from her husband or that she picked up a sexually transmitted disease from the president.

Of course, during the week on the other side, there was the supposed crude reference leaked out of an administration meeting saying to ignore Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., because “he’s dying anyway.”

Whatever happened to the simple “get well soon?” It used to be something political enemies said about one another. Certainly leaking a crude reference from a private meeting doesn’t advance the cause of reunifying the nation, either.

The Internet has done nothing if it hasn’t blown the lid off civility or at least the little voice in our collective consciousness that prevented us from simply blathering our most base thoughts without a microsecond of introspection.

It often is best to live by the words of classical Greek playwright Euripides and remember, “Silence is true wisdom’s best reply.”