Alternate headline: "Never let a horrible tragedy go to waste even if there is absolutely no connection between said tragedy and your self-congratulatory boondoggle."
Former presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush will serve as honorary chairmen of a new center at the University of Arizona that will focus on civility in political debate, university officials will announce Monday.(italics, ours)
The National Institute for Civil Discourse - a nonpartisan center for debate, research, education and policy about civility in public discourse - will open Monday in Tucson. It was created in the aftermath of the Jan. 8 shootings in the city where six people were killed and 13 injured, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
For cryin' out loud, even the President who cannot make a firm stand on anything, said that there was no linkage between the lack of civil discourse and the wacko gunman. No matter.
Here's the two big cheeses - let's hear what they have to say:
"Our country needs a setting for political debate that is both frank and civil," Bush said in a statement.Eh... what?
Clinton said in a statement that the new institute "can elevate the tone of dialogue in our country."
Being civil is essential to elevating the dialog in this country because right now things aren't very civil and that's bad so that's why the elevation of the civil tone in the political arena that will be brought about by this even newer civility will.... blah, blah, blah, blah.
We would rather shove hot pokers in our eyes than have to sit through just 10 minutes of this drivel.
Well, if they're serious about their charter, vision statement, mission statement or whatever they decide to come up with, we know exactly where their first stop should be.
Don't count on it. Remember gang, all this talk of civility is just the poltical class's polite way of telling you to shut the hell up.
(photo courtesy Left Coast Rebel)