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Dems Tell Protesters How To Behave

From The Hill:


House Dems ask for civility at town halls

By Mike Soraghan

If Rep. Betsy Markey (D-Colo.) gets confronted by Tea Party Patriots next week, she’ll counter with a patriot of her own.

Markey’s staff will be handing out a copy of George Washington’s “Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior” to everyone at her public events.

It’s her effort to cool down the boiling debate, with a deliberate nod to Tea Party Protesters, some of whom don tri-cornered hats and carry "Don’t tread on me" flags to protest the Democrats’ health care plans.

“If you’re going to have rules of civility, who better to get them from than George Washington?” said Markey spokesman Ben Marter

Here is Mr. Washington’s list of rules:

George Washington’s Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior In Company and Conversation

  1. Every Action done in Company, ought to be with Some Sign of Respect, to those that are Present
  2. When in Company, put not your Hands to any Part of the Body, not usually Discovered.
  3. Shew Nothing to your Friend that may affright him.
  4. In the Presence of Others Sing not to yourself with a humming Noise, nor Drum with your Fingers or Feet.
  5. If You Cough, Sneeze, Sigh, or Yawn, do it not Loud but Privately; and Speak not in your Yawning, but put your Handkercheif or Hand before your face and turn aside.
  6. Sleep not when others Speak, Sit not when others stand, Speak not when you Should hold your Peace, walk not when others Stop.
  7. Put not off your Cloths in the presence of Others, nor go out your Chamber half Drest.
  8. At Play and at Fire its Good manners to Give Place to the last Commer, and affect not to Speak Louder than Ordinary.
  9. Spit not in the Fire, nor Stoop low before it neither Put your Hands into the Flames to warm them, nor Set your Feet upon the Fire especially if there be meat before it.
10. When you Sit down, Keep your Feet firm and Even, without putting one on the other or Crossing them.
11. Shift not yourself in Sight of others nor Gnaw your nails.
12. Shake not the head, Feet, or Legs rowl not the Eyes lift not one eyebrow higher than the other wry not the mouth, and bedew no mans face with your Spittle, by approaching too near him when you Speak.
13. Kill no Vermin as Fleas, lice ticks &c in the Sight of Others, if you See any filth or thick Spittle put your foot Dexteriously upon it if it be upon the Cloths of your Companions, Put it off prvately, and if it be upon your own Cloths return Thanks to him who puts it off.
14. Turn not your Back to others especially in Speaking, Jog not the Table or Desk on which Another reads or writes, lean not upon any one.
15. Keep your Nails clean and Short, also your Hands and Teeth Clean, yet without Shewing any great Concern for them.
16. Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the hands or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them or keep the Lips too open or too Close.
17. Be no Flatterer, neither Play with any that delights not to be Play’d Withal.
18. Read no Letters, Books or Papers in Company when there is a Necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the Books or Writings of Another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unask’d also look not nigh when another is writing a Letter.
19. let your Countenance be pleasant but in Serious Matters Somewhat grave.
20. The Gestures of the Body must be Suited to the discourse you are upon.
21. Reproach none for the Infirmities of Nature, nor Delight to Put them that have in mind thereof.
22. Shew not yourself glad at the Misfortune of another though he were your enemy.
23. When you see a Crime punished, you may be inwardly pleased; but always shew Pity to the Suffering Offender.
24. Do not laugh too loud or too much at any Publick Spectacle.
25. Superfluous Complements and all Affectations of Ceremonie are to be avoided, yet where due they are not to be Neglected
26. In Pulling off your Hat to Persons of Distinction, as Noblemen, Justices, Churchmen &ec make a Reverence, bowing more or less according to the Custom of the Better Bred, and Quality of the Person. Amongst your equals expect not always that they Should begin with you first, but to Pull off the Hat when there is no need is Affectation, in the Manner of Saluting and resaluting in words keep to the most usual Custom
27. Tis ill manners to bid one more eminent than yourself be covered as well as not to do it to whom it’s due Likewise he that makes too much haste to Put on his hat does not well, yet he ought to Put it on at the first, or at most the Second time of being ask’d; now what is herein spoken, of Qualification in behaviour in Saluting, ought also to be observed in taking of Place, and Sitting down for ceremonies without Bounds is troublesome
28. If any one come to Speak to you while you are sitting Stand up tho he be your Inferior, and when you Present Seats let it be to every one according to his Degree
29. When you meet with one of Greater Quality than yourself, Stop, and retire especially if it be at the Door or any Straight place to give way for him to Pass
30. In walking the highest Place in most Countrys seems to be on the right hand therefore Place yourself on the left of him whom you desire to Honour: but if three walk together the middest place is the most Honourable the wall is usually given to the most worthy if two walk together
31. If anyone far surpasses others, either in age, Estate, or Merit, yet would give Place to a meaner than himself in his own lodging or elsewhere the one ought not to except it. So he on the other part should not use much earnestness nor offer it above once or twice.
32. To one that is your equal, or not much inferior you are to give the cheif Place in your Lodging and he to who ’tis offered ought at first to refuse it but at the second to accept though not without acknowledging his own unworthiness.
33. They that are in Dignity or in office have in all places Preceedency but whilst they are Young they ought to respect those that are their equals in Birth or other Qualitys, though they have no Publick charge.
34. It is good Manners to prefer them to whom we Speak before ourselves, especially if they be above us with whom in no Sort we ought to begin.
35. Let your Discourse with Men of Business be Short and Comprehensive.
36. Artificers & Persons of low Degree ought not to use many ceremonies to Lords, or Others of high Degree but Respect and highly Honour them, and those of high Degree ought to treat them with affibility and Courtesie, without Arrogancy
37. In Speaking to men of Quality do not lean nor Look them full in the Face, nor approach too near them at lest Keep a full Pace from them
38. In visiting the Sick, do not Presently play the Physicion if you be not Knowing therein
39. In writing or Speaking, give to every Person his due Title according to his Degree & the Custom of the Place.
40. Strive not with your Superiors in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty
41. Undertake not to Teach your equal in the art himself Professes; it Savours of arrogancy
42. Let thy ceremonies in Courtesie be proper to the Dignity of his place with whom thou conversest for it is absurd to act ye same with a Clown and a Prince
43. Do not express Joy before one sick or in pain for that contrary Passion will aggravate his Misery.
44. When a man does all he can though it Succeeds not well blame not him that did it.
45. Being to advise or reprehend any one, consider whether it ought to be in publick or in Private; presently, or at Some other time in what terms to do it & in reproving Shew no Sign of Cholar but do it with all Sweetness and Mildness
46. Take all Admonitions thankfully in what Time or Place Soever given but afterwards not being culpable take a Time & Place convenient to let him know it that gave them.
47. Mock not nor Jest at anything of Importance break no Jest that are Sharp Biting, and if you Deliver any thing witty and Pleasant abstain from Laughing thereat yourself.
48. Wherein you reprove Another be unblameable yourself; for example is more prevalent than Precepts
49. Use no Reproachfull Language against any one neither Curse nor Reville
50. Be not hasty to believe flying Reports to the Disparagement of any
51. Wear not your Cloths, foul, unript or Dusty but See they be Brush’d once every day at least and take heed that you approach not to any uncleaness
52. In your Apparel be Modest and endeavor to accomodate Nature, rather than to procure Admiration keep to the Fashion of your equals Such as are Civil and orderly with respect to Times and Places
53. Run not in the Streets, neither go too slowly nor with Mouth open go not Shaking your arms kick not the earth with your feet, go not upon the Toes, nor in a Dancing fashion.
54. Play not the Peacock, looking every where about you, to See if you be well Deck’t, if your Shoes fit well if your Stockings Sit neatly, and Cloths handsomely.
55. Eat not in the Streets, nor in ye House, out of Season
56. Associate yourself with Men of good Quality if you Esteem your own Reputation; for ’tis better to be alone than in bad Company
57. In walking up and Down in a House, only with One in Company if he be Greater than yourself, at the first give him the Right hand and Stop not till he does, and be not the first that turns, and when you do turn let it be with your face towards him, if he be a Man of Great Quality, walk not with him Cheek by Joul but Somewhat behind him; but yet in Such a Manner that he may easily Speak to you
58. Let your Conversation be without Malice or Envy, for ’tis a Sign of a Tractable and Commendable Nature: And in all Causes of Passion admit Reason to Govern
59. Never express anything unbecoming, nor Act against ye Rules Moral before your inferiours
60. Be not immodest in urging your Friends to Discover a Secret
61. Utter not base and frivilous things amongst grave and Learn’d Men nor very Difficult Questians or Subjects, among the Ignorant or things hard to be believed, Stuff not your Discourse with Sentences amongst your Betters nor Equals
62. Speak not of doleful Things in a Time of Mirth or at the Table; Speak not of Melancholy Things as Death and Wounds, and if others Mention them Change if you can the Discourse tell not your Dreams, but to your intimate Friend
63. A Man ought not to value himself of his Achievements, or rare Qualities of wit; much less of his riches Virtue or Kindred
64. Break not a Jest where none takes pleasure in mirth Laugh not aloud, nor at all without Occasion, deride no mans Misfortune, tho’ there seem to be Some cause
65. Speak not injurious Words neither in Jest nor Earnest Scoff at none although they give Occasion
66. Be not forward but fiendly and Courteous; the first to Salute hear and answer & be not Pensive when it’s a time to Converse
67. Detract not from others neither be excessive in Commanding
68. Go not thither, where you know not, whether you Shall be Welcome or not. Give not Advice whth being Ask’d & when desired do it briefly
69. If two contend together take not the part of either unconstrained; and be not obstinate in your own Opinions, in Things indifferent be of the Major Side
70. Reprehend not the imperfections of others for that belongs to Parents Masters and Superiours
71. Gaze not on the marks or blemishes of Others and ask not how they came. What you may Speak in Secret to your Friend deliver not before others
72. Speak not in an unknown Tongue in Company but in your own Language and that as those of Quality do and not as ye Vulgar; Sublime matters treat Seriuosly
73. Think before you Speak pronounce not impertfectly nor bring out your Words too hastily but orderly & distinctly
74. When Another Speaks be attentive your Self and disturb not the Audience if any hesitate in his Words help him not nor Prompt him without desired, Interrupt him not, nor Answer him till his Speech be ended
75. In the midst of Discourse ask not of what one treateth but if you Perceive any Stop because of your coming you may well intreat him gently to Proceed: If a Person of Quality comes in while your Conversing it’s handsome to Repeat what was said before
76. While you are talking, Point not with your Finger at him of Whom you Discourse nor Approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face
77. Treat with men at fit Times about Business & Whisper not in the Company of Others
78. Make no Comparisons and if any of the Company be Commended for any Brave act of Vertue, commend not another for the Same
79. Be not apt to relate News if you know not the truth thereof. In Discoursing of things you Have heard Name not your Author always A Secret Discover not
80. Be not Tedious in Discourse or in reading unless you find the Company pleased therewith
81. Be not Curious to Know the Affairs of Others neither approach those that Speak in Private
82. Undertake not what you cannot Perform but be Carefull to keep your Promise
83. When you deliver a matter do it without Passion & with Discretion, however mean ye Person be you do it too
84. When your Superiours talk to any Body, hearken not, neither Speak nor Laugh
85. In Company of these of Higher Quality than yourself Speak not till you are ask’d a Question then Stand upright put of your Hat & Answer in few words
86. In Disputes, be not So Desireous to Overcome as not to give Liberty to each one to deliver his Opinion and Submit to ye Judgement of ye Major Part especially if they are Juudges of the Dispute
87. Let thy carriage be such as becomes a Man Grave Settled and attentive to that which is spoken. Contradict not at every turn what others Say
88. Be not tedious in Discourse, make not many Digressions, nor repeat often the Same manner of Discourse
89. Speak not Evil of the absent for it is unjust
90. Being Set at meat Scratch not neither Spit Cough or blow your Nose except there’s a Necessity for it
91. Make no Shew of taking great Delight in your Victuals, Feed not with Greediness; cut your Bread with a Knife, lean not on the Table, neither find fault with what you Eat
92. Take no Salt or cut Bread with your Knife Greasy
93. Entertaining any one at table it is decent to present him with meat, Undertake not to help others undesired by ye Master
94. If you Soak bread in the Sauce let it be no more than what you put in your Mouth at a time and blow not your broth at Table but Stay till Cools of it Self
95. Put not your meat to your Mouth with your Knife in your hand neither Spit forth the Stones of any fruit Pye upon a Dish nor Cast anything under the table
96. It’s unbecoming to Stoop much to ones Meat Keep your Fingers clean & when foul wipe them on a Corner of your Table Napkin
97. Put not another bit into your Mouth til the former be Swallowed let not your Morsels be too big for the Gowls.
98. Drink not nor talk with your mouth full neither Gaze about you while you are a Drinking
99. Drink not too leisurely nor yet too hastily. Before and after Drinking wipe your Lips breath not then or Ever with too great a Noise, for its uncivil
100. Cleanse not your teeth with the Table Cloth Napkin Fork or Knife but if Others do it let it be done with a Pick Tooth
101. Rince not your Mouth in the Presence of Others
102. It is out of use to call upon the Company often to Eat nor need you Drink to others every Time you Drink
103. In Company of your Betters be not longer in eating than they are lay not your Arm but only your hand upon the table
104. It belongs to ye Chiefest in Company to unfold his Napkin and fall to Meat first, But he ought then to Begin in time & to Dispatch with Dexterity that ye Slowest may have time allowed him
105. Be not Angry at Table whatever happens & if you have reason to be so, shew it not but on a Cheerfull Countenance especially if there be Strangers for a Good Humour makes one Dish of Meat a Feast
106. Set not yourself at ye upper of ye Table but if it be your Due or that ye Master of ye house will have it So, Contend not, least you Should Trouble ye Company
107. If others talk at Table be attentive but talk not with Meat in your Mouth
108. When you Speak of God or His Attributes, let it be Seriously & with Reverence. Honour & Obey your Natural Parents altho they be Poor
109. Let your Recreations be Manfull not Sinfull.
110. Labour to keep alive in your Breast that Little Spark of Celestial fire Called Conscience.

We suspect that Ms. Markey had some of these rules particularly in mind for her uppity constituents:

40. Strive not with your Superiors in argument, but always Submit your Judgment to others with Modesty.

That is to say, don’t argue with your superiors, such as Congressmen. Submit your ideas with humility.

60. Be not immodest in urging your Friends to Discover a Secret.

In other words, some things are better kept secret. Such as embarrassing details about legislation.

68. Go not thither, where you know not, whether you Shall be Welcome or not. Give not Advice without being Asked & when desired do it briefly.

That is, don’t go where you are not wanted, like healthcare townhalls, if you are an opponent. And don’t give unasked-for advice.

70. Reprehend not the imperfections of others for that belongs to Parents Masters and Superiors.

In plain English, it’is not your place to correct others.

Still, we can’t help but be struck by the last item on Mr. Washington’s list:

110. Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.

It would seem to trump all the others.

By the way, isn’t George Washington somewhat famous for being a revolutionary?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, August 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Dems Tell Protesters How To Behave”

  1. proreason says:


  2. VMAN says:

    Just shut up you nasty, unwashed little peons and let you Overlords do what is best for you. You are all a bunch whining little gutter snipes that don’t deserve or merit our acknowledgment. BOW when you are in our presence for you have not seen the likes of us. We will invoke one of your feeble inane so called founders to put you in your place. You think you have elected us well THINK AGAIN!!! There are enough dead people in this country to put us in office so why do we need you.

  3. dulcimergrl says:

    Going all the way back to George Washington to try and shut up the people protesting our government’s overstepping its bounds is just too funny for words! ROFLMAO! Will she be passing out copies of this to the SEIU thugs? How about the MSM?

  4. bobbys says:

    I thought out founding fathers were all self serving Syphilitic, slave owning Homophobic, wacko Christians????.

    Now when there needed to stomp out the tea bagging mobsters they trot out there writings????

  5. Helena says:

    “I thought out founding fathers were all self serving Syphilitic, slave owning Homophobic, wacko Christians????”

    You got that right. They were beneath contempt and old and white and un-evolved and dead and completely irrelevant and shut up about them – – – – – until their words could be used to silence/control the opposition/us.

    • JohnMG says:

      Notice they don’t quote Thomas Jefferson. If Jefferson was alive today, he’d take this current crop of clowns and frog-march them off the end of a pier wearing cement overshoes.

      What idiots! They want to quote ‘chapter and verse’ from the writings of SOME of our founding fathers, but not this one from Jefferson: “The tree of liberty periodically needs to be fertilized with the blood of Patriots and tyrants.”

      The lib-wits are conspicuously silent on this one. Cowardly cut throats describes them perfectly.

  6. DANEgerus says:

    Funny, WaPo had no comment when the Netroots were staging phony anti-war protests : Netroots ‘Move On’

  7. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    ‘I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.’

    Another great quote from Thomas Jefferson. If the libs don’t know where to find it, it’s easy. Just go to the Jefferson memorial where it’s etched in marble.

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