Emanuel Cleaver: What America needs now is a civility watchdog group

posted at 4:48 pm on February 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

This is about as serious a reckoning with the issues of the day as that press conference with the aardvark was yesterday. He’s not talking about creating a government agency to policy civility, mind you, just asking some nonprofit like CREW to start issuing legislative scorecards on how civil each member of Congress is so that voters can consider it at the polls. I’m willing to support the idea if and only if MoveOn becomes the new civility arbiter, as it’d be fun to watch the outfit responsible for the “General Betray-us” ad grapple with the bounds of decency. Short of that, though, didn’t we just pass a major tax package back in December, weeks before the Tucson shooting launched the new civility kick? Didn’t I just blog a story about a grand bargain emerging between liberals like Durbin and conservatives like Coburn to deal with entitlements? Civility’s not the key to bipartisan compromise, seriousness of purpose is. When the issue is big enough and the stakes of failure are high enough, grown-ups bite their lips and do what they have to do whether they like each other or not. In fact, that’s the only thing that gives me hope that maybe kinda sorta possibly hopefully a deal really will be struck to reform Medicare, at least. Something that’s unsustainable won’t be sustained, so there’ll be a compromise because there has to be. Surely I’m right about that. Aren’t I?

Two clips here, the first of Cleaver and the second via Ann Althouse of left-wing “civility” in action in Wisconsin. Click the image to watch.


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He’s only interested in real and perceived incivility from the right. Make no mistake.

Media and the Matthews of the world are comfortably tucked into lefties’ arses, with no hope of them getting out any time soon.

Schadenfreude on February 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

He’s right. We need more civility in Washington. It’s unconscionable that our elected representatives are spreading false rumors about ordinary Americans spitting on Congressmen and calling them the N-word.

Oh, Emanuel Cleaver did that? Never mind.

Doughboy on February 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Civility only applies to us conservatives-

hawkman on February 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Moron

That’s about all I can say without the civility police coming to my house.

darwin on February 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

If there’s any doubt here… “civility” equals SHUT UP CONSERVATIVES.

powerpro on February 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

look in your own backyard there bub…

cmsinaz on February 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

civility czar here we come….

sandee on February 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Can we just send this knucklehead Malkin’s ever-growing list of documented left-wing hate?

search4truth on February 17, 2011 at 4:54 PM

sorry pal. No authority on this one, moral or otherwise.

ted c on February 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

That second clip is so money. Doesn’t matter though. You can’t use logic to persuade someone whose beliefs are based on emotion.

Kataklysmic on February 17, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Doesn’t Canada already have one of these called the Human Rights Commission? Perhaps some comments from Mark Steyn might be in order.

a capella on February 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM

Don’t these idiots have better things to do? Nope….guess not. All hail the liberal idiots with too-much-time-on-their-hands.

sicoit on February 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM

You’d think that if the Left’s ideas had any merit, they wouldn’t have to resort to repressing free-speech, wouldn’t you?

Chip on February 17, 2011 at 4:56 PM

I think emanuel should be the first to getter done. Go to WI emanuel and see how the folks/unions there are being really really civil with their signs and actions! Then get back to us, ok?
L

letget on February 17, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Nothing can deter an imbecile.

Demosthenes on February 17, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Did anyone notice that crazy noise in the second video? Are we sure they didn’t import people from the Mid East for the rent a mob.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Isn’t this the guy who hears voices that don’t exist around the steps of the capital?

d1carter on February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM

……box of rocks……

sicoit on February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Did anyone notice that crazy noise in the second video? Are we sure they didn’t import people from the Mid East for the rent a mob.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM

I thought I was hearing things when I heard that tongue and throat wobbler.

fourdeucer on February 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM

Get out of my life you control freak statists.

SirGawain on February 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM

It’s kind of sad really, here the Left has some really high hopes of properly using the Tucson tragedy to good advantage in repressing free-speech and diminishing our right to self defense.

But after these many weeks, nothing has gotten any traction, and the best they can come up is a call for a PC civility police.

Of course, the left can only blame itself for the debacle, given that they can’t resist demonizing the opponents and their inability to develop a coherent strategy in just how to deprive the rest of us if our 2nd amendment rights.

Chip on February 17, 2011 at 5:08 PM

These idiots have obviously never studies much American history. If he thinks today’s politics are uncivil he’d shit his pants reading political attack ads from the 1700s and 1800s.

angryed on February 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

That should be:

It’s kind of sad really, here the Left HAD some really high hopes of properly using the Tucson tragedy to good advantage in repressing free-speech and diminishing our right to self defense.

Chip on February 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I am civilly watching our “groups” of elected morons, praying like heck that they get voted out and someone new, with some common sense gets voted in.

upinak on February 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

Watchdogs are scary. They are trained in violence.

Calling for a “watchdog” group is unconscionable, as it promotes violence. Can’t we have any civility?

malclave on February 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM

By any chance, would this civility thing apply to likening Republican governors to Hitler?

paul1149 on February 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Gosh, we killed our civility watchdog when Race Card was put down. (for threatening to bite some one oddly)

BL@KBIRD on February 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Ah, I hadn’t viewed that second video. Powerful. The New Tone thing was just a political ploy for gain.

paul1149 on February 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

fourdeucer on February 17, 2011 at 5:04 PM

I had to listen twice.

Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Cleaver is a violent-sounding name. He should change it to Dove or something.

Did anyone notice that crazy noise in the second video? Are we sure they didn’t import people from the Mid East for the rent a mob.
Cindy Munford on February 17, 2011 at 5:01 PM

Yes!! I heard it too! Coincidentally, I suggested a new phrase today: a ululation of unions.

Buy Danish on February 17, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Civility watchdog today…
Anti-vice police tomorrow.
Just like Iran.
No thanks.

Jocundus on February 17, 2011 at 5:39 PM

What America needs is for Looters like Cleaver to get honest jobs and stop robbing working people.

Crawford on February 17, 2011 at 5:47 PM

Cleaver……graduate of the Sheila Jackson Lee school of Wisdom.

Maxine Waters and that Guam capsizing Congressman are also Graduates.

Can people get any freaking dumber in America?

PappyD61 on February 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Just wait………they would really like to get their hands on controlling how much toilet paper we use to wipe our Arses if they could.

Grandma Siggle was right, everybody wants yur chickins.

PappyD61 on February 17, 2011 at 5:52 PM

Step off, Beav.

mojo on February 17, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Dear Rep. Cleaver,

Please stop embarrassing Kansas City.

Sincerely,
The people of your district.

RossMcG on February 17, 2011 at 6:03 PM

Good idea. Let’s start by asking PBHO what he meant when he said that unions are “under assault”.

Bishop on February 17, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I believe that any disputes can be settled with a pie eating contest. What could be more civil than that?

joe btfsplk on February 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Hmmmm… not the sharpest marble in the bag is he ?

Bootleghooch on February 17, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Yeah, they can start with the clowns at MSNBC. And the “civility” being shown in Madison is something else, isn’t it? BTW, looks like the DNC is behind some of what’s going on in Madison.

http://www.examiner.com/conservative-in-spokane/is-the-president-responsible-for-threats-and-violence-wisconsin

jdawg on February 17, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Will the civility watchdog bite?

Kralizec on February 17, 2011 at 7:10 PM

Civility …………………. is out. Look at the teacher union’s deplorable uncivil behavior in Wisconsin. And, the MSM will continue to focus on the Tea Party movement.

SC.Charlie on February 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM

I’m the new WatchDog. Shut up, Dems.

Sporty1946 on February 17, 2011 at 8:49 PM

I believe that any disputes can be settled with a pie eating contest. What could be more civil than that?

joe btfsplk on February 17, 2011 at 6:25 PM

Whoa there big fella. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) gives the Dems a decidedly unfair advantage.

BigAlSouth on February 17, 2011 at 9:17 PM

This sanctimonious fraud knows very well that if the left believed in civil discourse, they’d use it themselves. If they believed in positive and uplifting issue oriented campaigns that called on the best in people, they’d run them. They won’t and they can’t because underneath it all, they don’t really believe that there is a “best” to be called upon in Americans.

Lew on February 17, 2011 at 9:31 PM

Civility comes from within, not enforced by the bludgeon from without.

Without civility you aim towards the bludgeon, and then the spirit within is shackled by the chains on the body.

But you were born, free.

ajacksonian on February 18, 2011 at 7:00 AM

They can start with this:

bama: “They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun”
Obama to His Followers: “Get in Their Faces!”
Obama on ACORN Mobs: “I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”
Obama to His Mercenary Army: “Hit Back Twice As Hard”
Obama on the private sector: “We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“
Obama to voters: Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”
Obama to lib supporters: “It’s time to Fight for it.”
Obama to Latino supporters: “Punish your enemies.”
Obama to democrats: “I’m itching for a fight.”

davidk on February 18, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Moron

That’s about all I can say without the civility police coming to my house.

darwin on February 17, 2011 at 4:53 PM

That says enough. That says it all. That says all it’s worth.

petefrt on February 18, 2011 at 7:53 AM

I’m waiting for Cleaver to publicly denounce the Dems and the Obama administration for this before I take him seriously.

If he can’t, then he’s just another left-wing blatherer.

landlines on February 18, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Maybe he can start in Madison, WI.

lilium on February 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM