In a system of two parties, two chambers, and two elected branches, there will always be differences and debate. But even tough debates can be conducted in a civil tone, and our differences cannot be allowed to harden into anger. To confront the great issues before us, we must act in a spirit of good will and respect for one another -- and I will do my part.
There was also some business about "responsible" criticism (the kind that doesn't question the basic goals and assumptions of the Empire) vs the Other Kind (that does), but I'm too lazy to put the clothespin back on my nose and dig it out of the transcript just now. I suppose the reason he's bothering to call for us all to be good boys and girls is that even the mighty Empire doesn't have enough jail space to give too many people the Cindy Sheehan treatment. Here you can read the responsible version of what happened to her, and here you can read what she says happened. You'll have to decide for yourself whom to believe; myself, I think Mrs. Sheehan's a much better bet, although I certainly don't know her. I do know my gummint, and they're liars until absolutely proved truthful, as far as I'm concerned.
I am curious, though ... the CNN story doesn't tell us what Mrs. Sheehan was charged with, and she reports being charged with "unlawful conduct." What is the world is "unlawful conduct," and how do I know I'm not doing some right now?