Jewish World Review Sept. 9, 2004 / 23 Elul, 5764

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The civility gap | Republicans left New York City with sighs of relief over the skillful police handling of the thousands of leftwing demonstrators who came to town to denounce the president.

While nearly two thousand protestors got arrested, the city escaped without serious violence or property destruction.

Nevertheless, every delegate and visitor experienced the rudeness and hostility of the demonstrators — who shouted threatening, obscene insults at every opportunity and disrupted the convention on several occasions when they succeeded in sneaking into Madison Square Garden. Their behavior stands in stark contrast to activists on the right — who did nothing to interfere with the Democrat's convention in Boston, or other recent Democratic gatherings, even at the height of the Clinton presidency.

This "civility gap" doesn't indicate that conservatives feel less passionately about the issues, but it does highlight the obvious truth that those of us on the right display more consideration, responsibility, and ordinary decency than our liberal counterparts.

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JWR contributor, author and film critic Michael Medved hosts a daily three-hour radio talk show broadcast in more than 120 cities throughout the United States. His latest book, written together with his wife, is Saving Childhood : Protecting Our Children from the National Assault on Innocence . You may contact him by clicking here.

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