I found the article disheartening. After pouring years of his sweat and blood into the project, DeMoss got only 3 persons to sign the pledge, which reads:At a moment when many Americans are decrying the overheated tone of American politics, an influential evangelical voice said Tuesday he is folding a project he helped found to increase political civility.
Mark DeMoss said he is halting the initiative, called the Civility Project, due to lack of interest.
1. I will be civil in my public discourse and behavior.
2. I will be respectful of others whether or not I agree with them.
3. I will stand against incivility when I see it.
Damn, what's so hard about that? We are all adults here, aren't we? Or maybe not. Maybe Congress has become full of babies, who scream and throw tantrums when they don't get their own way. Signing the pledge should have been a no-brainer for any thinking, mature adult, but not only were people not signing it, they were also personally attacking DeMoss in some pretty nasty ways, with some very harsh comments on his web site.
What I would like to know is this - What in the hell happened to the Conservatism of Ronald Reagan, William F. Buckley, and other thinkers on the right? Being able to foam at the mouth is not Conservatism, nor does it lend itself to getting one's point across. And PULEEZE, don't tell me that the Democrats do it, so that makes it alright. If a Democrats told you to stick your head in a barrel of feces, would you do it? Whether or not Democrats are engaging in the same kind of rhetoric is beside the point. The Conservatism I grew up with stands for not only freedom, but RESPONSIBILITY, and it seems today that some on the right want to have their cake and eat it too - Freedom to scream without the reponsibility to accept the consequences of that screaming.“Many of them could not be printed or spoken in public media due to vulgar language and vicious personal attacks,” the letter continued. “Sadly, a majority of these came from fellow conservatives.”
As far as the Arizona shooting goes, I do not subscribe to the notion that the heated rhetoric over the last few years contributed to it, but I will say this - When you have two sides in Congress flinging brickbats at each other instead of conducting the nation's business, then we have a problem. To each and every member of Congress, Democrat and Republican alike, let me just say this....
Children, behave! The 3 Stooges you are not, so quit acting like them. NYUK NYUK!!
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