National Conference of State Legislators Accord 2011



  • Respect the right of all Americans to hold different opinions

  • Avoid rhetoric intended to humiliate, de-legitimatize or question the patriotism of those whose opinions are different from ours

  • Strive to understand differing perspective

  • Choose words carefully

  • Speak truthfully without accusation and avoid distortion

  • Speak out against violence, prejudice, and incivility in all their forms, whenever and wherever they occur

  • We further pledge to exhibit and encourage the kind of personal qualities that are emblematic of civil society: gratitude, humility, openness, passion for service to others, propriety, kindness, caring, faith, a sense of duty, and a commitment to doing what is right