Civility in Civil Discourse is Not Too Much to Ask

cruzThe “Million Vet March on the Memorials,” rally this weekend in Washington, DC was more protest than March and more Obama hate speak than rally cry.  The protest focused on the national war memorials closures because of the government shutdown. Some well-known Tea Party speakers included former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Cruz hijacked the occasion to politicize his Tea Party agenda by asking, “Let me ask a simple question. Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?”

Speaker Larry Klayman of the Freedom Watch conservative organization went even further.  He said,  “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up,” said Klayman.

While we support the significance of free speech to balance the discussion of ideas in our democracy there are still times when we are shocked by who says what, when they say it and who stands with them when they speak.  Some protesters at the march carried “Impeach Obama” signs and casual observer could catch a glimpse of the Confederate flag in the foreground of the war memorials.

Haven’t we learned intense and heated debate is one thing, spewing hate and prejudice is another. The march was a tribute to our war veterans we should expect civil behavior from the gentleman Senator from the Lone Star State.




  1. Small correction. Klayman is with Judicial Watch. Last seen bringing America the comedy stylings of Ms. Paula Jones. I guess you could say he’s evolved, although not in a good way.

    I understand some of these lunatics are hard to tell apart without a score card. In some ways the right has entered the “Judean Peoples’ Front” stage of their rebellion. (Splitters! What have the Romans ever done for us?)

  2. Thanks for the correction.

  3. Burroughston Broch says:

    Sen. Cruz asked a simple question, directed at the President, “Why is the federal government spending money to erect barricades to keep veterans out of this memorial?” I ask you, what precisely is uncivil about his question?

    The President never responded, but it is obvious to all that the President used the partial (17%) shutdown of our Federal Government for his own political purposes, by inflicting maximum pain on citizens. That is much more uncivil an act than Mr. Klayman’s rhetoric. He should be ashamed and should be called to account for his actions.