~ We affirm the dignity of all persons. ~
~ We promote the right of every person to participate in the free exchange of thoughts and opinions within a climate of civility and mutual respect. ~
~ We strive for openness and mutual understanding to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions. ~
~ We foster an environment of respect for each individual, even where differences exist by eliminating prejudice and discrimination through education and interaction with others. ~
In other words, DePelosi did everything short of hiring Elton John to come sing “Can you feel the love tonight” before the entire faculty senate.
It is important for every conservative to read that compact (and to forward this column) because it reveals fundamental truths about how the liberal operates in response to a potential loss of political power – or even the prospect of losing a simple argument. Some of those truths are worth highlighting:
The phrase “you’re being uncivil” always means that the liberal is experiencing anger at his, her, or its inability counter an intelligent political move or political argument. When the liberal begins to hate the speaker, he, she, or it refers to the argument as “hate speech.”
The phrase “you’re being uncivil” is most frequently employed by the least polite and least socially skilled (e.g. Nancy Pelosi) party in a given conflict.
The appropriate conservative response to an accusation of incivility is to: a) identify the exact words, phrases, and ideas that provoked the accusation of incivility, and b) increase their frequency of use by at least 50% in all subsequent confrontations with the accusing liberal.
And, finally, (it should go without saying) never apologize in response to an accusation of incivility at the hands of a liberal.
Recently, a student came by to complain that he had gone to one of DePelosi’s “open forums” designed to allow students to ask questions of the Speaker, I mean, Chancellor. He wanted to ask a question but was not allowed to. Instead, students were asked to write down their questions on a sheet of paper. An assistant to the chancellor then filtered all the questions and read the easier ones to the Chancellor, thereby avoiding any direct exchanges with the students (read: constituents).
That scene mirrors the way our politicians view us today. They are increasingly afraid of us because they are increasingly aware that we do not approve of what they are doing to us. But our approval is, in their eyes, increasingly irrelevant. And they try to shut us out of the process by ignoring difficult questions.
I really don’t respect Chancellor DePelosi because she has not earned it by showing she can debate with people a third of her age. Nor do I respect Speaker Pelosi since she is unwilling to allow transparency during the legislative process.
Respect cannot be legislated any more than it can be framed and nailed on a wall. Respect must be earned. Then, and only then, can we talk about civility.