The Party of Civility
July 20, 2011
Memo to the Left: If you intend to keep on lecturing Conservatives about showing respect for other people’s opinions, stop trying to criminalize the opinions of those who disagree with you. And above all, stop screaming in the faces of those whose respect you presume to demand.
Last week brought yet another example of Liberal “civility,” as Governor Walker had to compete with the infantile Left chanting “Shame!” and other brain-dead slogans at the centennial celebration of Racine’s Gateway technical College.
There are plenty of lessons to be learned from this and similar episodes. Among the more embarrassing ones is the stunning self-absorption of technical college system board member Michael Rosen, quoted as saying the Governor, who presides over the system, shouldn’t have appeared at the event.
Since the current Governor has assembled a state budget that resolves the $3.6 billion deficit left behind by the Governor who appointed Mr. Rosen, and did so without raising taxes while funding education above all else, gratitude might have been the more appropriate response. Oh, did we mention Mr. Rosen is president of the faculty and staff union at Milwaukee Area Technical College?
We hold out little hope of the Left honoring the standards of behavior it indignantly demands of others, but in this age of connectedness, that might be a good thing. Nowadays, anyone who chooses to act like a slob in public stands a good chance of seeing his behavior broadcast worldwide within minutes. If the Left persists in using calls for civility as a tactic to intimidate others while exempting itself, a majority of people will soon enough understand.
The more celebrations of civic virtue the Leftists disrupt, the sooner their political influence will end.