February 03, 2006

A Modest Proposal for Regaining Civility in Congress

I don't know about anyone else, but I am really sick and tired of hearing Republicans consistently refer to the Democratic party as the "Democrat" Party, describe Democratic proposals as "Democrat" proposals, and substitute "Democrat members" for Democratic members.

If the Republicans are really serious about regaining even a modicum of civility in Congress, they could begin by stopping the misuse and abuse of the name of the Democratic Party.

And it really irritates me that I never hear members of the Democratic Party object to the continued, purposeful and disrespectful use of the name of the party. At the very least, Democratic members of the House and Senate ought to politely interrupt their Republican colleagues and gently point out that it's not the Democrat Party, but the Democratic Party.

Either the Republicans respond positively to this request or the Democrats should start saying things like:

"The Republic Party is misguided."

"The Republic budget proposals are spendthrift."

"Republic members of Congress are tools of corporate interests."

1 comment:

nightquill said...

You know, that always struck me as disrespectful but I thought I must be mistaken and oversensitive because I've never heard a Democratic politician object to it. Thanks.

Now tell me I'm not the only one who finds the use of the word "Homeland" kind of creepy and Nazi-ish. I really couldn't believe my ears the first time I heard it (late 2001?)