Deseret News &
Joe Cannon "Endorse" Civility Utah!
What a wonderful week of good tidings! The Deseret News
and GOP Chairman Joe Cannon have essentially "endorsed"
Civility Utah and our approach to restoring sensitivity and
peace, and have condemned our vicious counterpart,
1. Civility Utah Gets
the Wink & Nod
2. Down with Accountability Utah!
3. Rep. Pat Jones
Stands Up to Accountability Grinches!
Civility Utah Gets the Wink & Nod
Now, we understand that
the Deseret News and Republican state chairman Joe Cannon, who
also serves as a
board of directors member of the Deseret
News Publishing Company, need to maintain some
outward distance from Civility Utah and our important
activities. But one only need read between the lines of their
editorial board opinion piece
to see the true meaning of their expressions.
"…Incivility goes much
deeper into the fabric of a society… When people approach
political discussions by attacking, defaming and castigating
without addressing issues or respecting differing views,
they are being uncivil.
"Civil people lift
everyone through their manners and their attitudes. They
respect differing views and celebrate differences in culture
and thought, even as they express their own well-considered
opinions with passion. A civil society is a civilized
society. Unfortunately, there is much around us, from
popular television shows to the way people interact on the
street, to indicate that incivility is gaining an upper
"As we did last year, we
intend to be a catalyst in restoring civility. We will
spotlight both the good and the bad… We will continue to
speak out on all matters of concern throughout 2004, but we
intend to keep domestic abuse and civility in the forefront
of public debate.
goals for the year 2004," editorial board,
Deseret News, Dec. 30, 2003.
Did you see how many times
the word, "civility" was used! The way we read it, this
is just short of an open endorsement! Give them all a raise
over there! Full speed ahead!
Down with Accountability Utah!
Speaking of incivility,
that evil has a name: Accountability Utah. These
ne’er-do-wells have sunk to a new low, viciously assaulting
several Democrat neighborhoods with
nasty fliers and harsh words
on Christmas Day. We know our public servants are
wonderful people looking out for our best interests!
Striking discord and
disharmony with every mile, they and their narrow-minded
followers caravaned through quiet neighborhoods, unabashedly
sowing their savage seeds of discontent and attempting to
steal Christmas from our restful public shepherds!
The Deseret News also
appropriately condemned this horrific activity. From their
editorial board opinion, "Yule
protests in bad taste":
"...Then came the knocks
on the door from Accountability Utah, a self-described
parents' rights organization, decrying certain lawmakers'
voting records on child welfare issues. They distributed
pamphlets lamenting the so-called tyranny of the state
Division of Child and Family Services, which they claim has
wrongfully removed their children from their homes. Then the
protesters attempted to deliver fliers to the targeted
"All on Christmas Day.
"It strains logic that
members of this organization believe that disrupting
lawmakers' holidays is going to win any favor with the Utah
Legislature. Not only did these visits alienate legislators,
it offended some of their neighbors. Our hope is that
lawmakers aren't wrongly impugned for the inconsiderate acts
of this organization since the fliers delivered to the
neighbors of at least one lawmaker did not identify the
organization staging the protests. Instead, it urged area
residents to call the lawmaker to complain.
"Of all days, why
Christmas? Why agitate on the day Christians celebrate the
birth of the Prince of Peace? There's obviously a place for
peaceful protest, but not on Christmas."
Amen! These Accountability
Utah malcontents even manipulated our public icons, including
Governor Olene Walker, Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, and
the Utah Republican Party. In an
article prior to their "event",
Republican state executive director Chris Bleak warned:
"Bleak said he notified
GOP state senators, House members, Attorney General Mark
Shurtleff and Gov. Olene Walker's office, with the hope that
Shurtleff and Walker will give those handling Division of
Child and Family Services cases "a warning" that they may
not want to be home between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — the time
posted on the Accountability Utah Web site for the home
"I'm not notifying
Democratic (legislators). My guess is this group will be
visiting" Republicans, said Bleak. Republicans hold
two-thirds majorities in both the Utah House and Senate,
while Walker and Shurtleff are Republicans. And several of
the founders of Accountability Utah have been active in GOP
politics for years and critical of GOP leaders."
protest plan assailed," Bob Bernick Jr., Deseret
News, Dec. 24, 2003.
Accountability Utah actually visited
only Democrats, with the exception of one
Democrat-friendly legislator, Sen. Dan Eastman, and did not
visit the homes of any DCFS workers.
Our question is this:
How many long-time
public servants had to endure Christmas in fear, wondering
whether they would receive a knock at their door by this
flagrant mob of meanness?
We join the Deseret
News and the Republican leadership in utterly condemning this
madness. We only wish the Republicans would have opened
their tent of protection to these poor Democrats.
We can only add our hopes
to those of the Deseret News that Accountability Utah will no
longer curry the favor and respect of our lawmakers:
"Our hope, however, is
that this organization will take a more reasoned approach in
its efforts. The group’s members can only hope that, after
their Christmas Day shenanigans, they have enough
credibility left for lawmakers to take them seriously."
We at Civility Utah echo
the chastisement of our partners in civility at the Deseret
News and Utah Republican Party, and are so excited at the
prospect that Accountability Utah will no longer enjoy their
free and preferred access to, and status with, Utah’s elite
Civility Utah would
like to issue its own warning. These people need to be
stifled and avoided at all costs! If you see an
Accountability Utah drone, run away as fast as you can!
Rep. Pat Jones Stands Up to
Pat "Marie Antoinette" Jones
them eat cake!"
Democratic lawmaker Rep.
Patricia Jones, like Queen Marie Antoinette of old,
courageously took a public stand against the mean-spiritedness
and malevolence of those Accountability Utah low-lifes. She
told KSL Channel 5 (affiliated with the Deseret News):
"Today’s a special day
for everybody, and I think it’s unfortunate that they would
use Christmas morning to make a political statement. That
doesn’t make any sense to me."
Now, historians disagree
whether Queen Antoinette actually responded to her disgruntled
peasants with the famous line, "Let them eat cake." But we
feel that Rep. Jones encapsulates the grace and grandeur of
a queen. Her dignified indifference to those uppity
brats freezing outside is so courageous and impressive!
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