Heard on the Hill: Crusade Against Potty Mouths

Posted January 28, 2011 at 5:08pm

Perhaps in a salute to the new spirit of civility in Congress, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) took to the House floor last week to honor the California teenager who founded the No Cussing Club.

McKay Hatch created the anti-swearing organization in middle school, after he “grew tired of the constant stream of obscene and cruel language from his peers.” Members vowed to use “empowering, instead of deflating, language,” Schiff notes.

Hatch’s club has gone international, spreading to all 50 states and 30 countries, Schiff says. The California Legislature even passed a resolution last year declaring the first week of March to be No Cussing Week, and other jurisdictions soon followed.

The cuss-free weeks “serve as a reminder to both public officials and private citizens to be more civil toward one another and to elevate the level of discourse in both public and private life,” Schiff says.

Perhaps Congress will take up a similar measure?