My earliest political memories are the 1968 presidential race. George Wallace was shot and paralized for life during the primaries. Robert Kennedy was shot and killed. The Democratic convention degenerated into violent rioting both inside and outside the convention center. Very few people considered the rioting unusual and most were only offended by the second shooting. Current political rhetoric may seem harsh to some people, but the street protests have been largely peacful and positively civalized compared to earlier years.