Reagan's Resurrected 11th Commandment

"Thou shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican," Vice President Dick Cheney said on Sunday in an interview with Newsweek. "But it's very hard sometimes to adhere to that where Chuck Hagel is involved."

Cheney repeated Ronald Reagan's "11th commandment," in a rebuttal to a comment Sen. Chuck Hagel R-Neb. made last Wednesday, that accused the Bush administration of playing a "pingpong game with American lives" by sending more U.S. troops into Iraq. Hagel has been outspoken with his criticism that the White House lacks a coherent strategy in Iraq.

Cheney said he doesn't spend any time worrying about how the public or the media view him, and said "Well, I'm vice president and they're not." READ MORE

Do you agree with the "11th Commandment" — should politicians avoid making negative comments about members of their own political party? E-mail us and jump into the discussion!

Here's What FOX Fans are saying:

"Just because people belong to the same political party doesn't mean they always agree, and concealing that dissent just for the sake of party unity is completely ridiculous. Does Dick think he's so right that he doesn't even need to hear the opinions of his own "teammates?" Does Dick think he's above reproach? It would sure seem that way, based on all his actions over the past 25 years. Over the past 6 years, he's bullied Democrats or any others who dared to disagree with him. See Dick speak. See Dick lie. See Dick's political career fizzle out (a few decades a few hundred thousand lives too late, unfortunately). My viewpoints are shared by millions and millions of Americans — from all the political parties." — Rob

"Take Thumper's advice: If you ain't got nothing good to say then don't say anything at all." — John (Rio Rico, AZ)

"Criticism is not a bad thing in most cases. Opposing views help us to clearly see an issue. I personally believe that the comments of Hagel and others, especially the Democrats, have less to do with a true disagreement with the president than their own self-serving interests and aspirations. There are proper times and means of expressing one's reservations or disagreements. They do not include use of the media to stir up anti-war sentiment or attract attention to oneself. Whether people disagree with the president's position, or plans with regard to the Iraq War, they owe him the respect and dignity that is afforded the leader of the free world." — Jeremy (North Pole, AK)

"What's right is right, and what's wrong is wrong, regardless of the political party involved. If someone in a politician's own party is pursuing ideas deemed harmful to the nation or the party, that politician has every right to speak out against him or her." — Josh (Manhattan, KS)

"Just goes to show why our government is such a mess. Party politics, which puts the well being of the party above that of the nation, ultimately serves only politicians. So basically what the V.P. is saying is, if you are a Republican, you can't say anything against administration policy, even when it is clearly taking a flaming nose-dive towards disaster for the nation. I am a proud independent voter, but in the last two years I have not only become doubtful of the Republican party, I have become rather fearful of it. Kudos to Hagel for saying what he thinks, I wish more of our representatives had the courage to do the same." — George

"Politicians who speak out against their own parties are demonstrating their own failure to work as a team and come to a consensus. None of us have all the right answers, we have to work with the group we are affiliated with to arrive at the best solution; politicians that stray from this ideal, are hurting their party and their country." — Denny

"Why should any Congressman or Senator be required to abide by any of the commandments? After all, we know of some who will cross the bridge when they get there. As we are only here a short while on earth, maybe the legislature needs term limits to make them do the right thing while elected." — Peter (Huntsville, AL)

"I don't agree with any '11th Commandment' applying to politicians and since many chose to ignore some of the first ten, can any reasonable person expect them to follow an 11th?? I also do not agree with most of what Sen. Hagel says. I do expect moderation in such discussions in time of war and that goes for the opposition party, too. I think that people such as Sen. Hagel are sometimes more concerned about the political ramifications of supporting the war on terror than they are about winning it." — Phil (Rensselaer, NY)

"I absolutely do not agree with the '11th commandment.' A citizen's loyalty should be to the Constitution of the United States and to the country first and a political party in a distant second. This goes double for those who hold an elected office. The oath they take speaks only of upholding the Constitution and bearing true faith and allegiance to the same nowhere does it refer to party loyalty. Our elected officials need to remember that they owe their allegiance to all of the citizens and the Constitution, not their parties!" — Adam

"I say let these Republicans have it, who really aren't Conservatives. I'm tired of them being in my party." — Doug (Wichita Falls TX)

"I feel strongly that Bush (Republicans) got us into a war that wasn't wanted by a majority of the American people. I hope that these Republicans can now see the BIG PICTURE and can make these negative comments to their fellow members about how the American people really feel about the war and about getting our young American people home. It is both the Republicans and Bush who pushed this Iraq War. Bush is such a despot that he really needs to be stopped by his party." — Margot

"What if politicians quit looking to gain an edge for their party and start worrying about what is good for America!" — Chris (Smiths Grove, KY)

"I think Cheney's comment was right on — Hagel is another story." — Faulls

"It's a free country and if you don't agree with something ... We are all getting way too picky about things in this USA ... disagree, discuss and move on!" — Janet

"America comes first - before any party." — Glenn

"Chuck Hagel is no Republican. If you don't support your party, you don't belong in it." — Mark

"Definably yes, do not bash anyone. It is not good politics to bash their fellow politicians. As my child hood motto goes, it takes one to know one. They are degrading themselves when they bash." — Connie

"The two party systems have become more of a "party rule" government system that is eroding, almost replacing the representative republic. We need people who stand up for what is right, without regard for who is right. The sooner we can elect people for the content of their character regardless of party affiliation, the sooner things will improve. We the people need to vote for the right person and not the right party." — Denny (Parkersburg, WV)

"Forget talking down your own party … they shouldn't talk down their own COUNTRY, particularly on foreign soil. There also used to be a time when past presidents wouldn't publicly comment on a current president's policies. That should be the 12th Commandment." — Craig (Atlanta, GA)

"Absolutely, about their party or any part of our Govt. We have to hear it everyday, one of our so called leaders putting down Bush or some other important political figure for the entire world to hear. I suppose it makes them sound big to stand on foreign soil and put someone or some policy down in America. In my opinion, a true American would not do this at all. I lose all respect for those people like Kerry, etc." — Judy (South Carolina)

"Politicians only want to further their own agendas. They will bend the truth, smear others and evade the work that needs to be done to advance the country. They no longer represent the people. They all make me sick." — Cathy (East Windsor, NJ)

"Avoid not speaking about their own political people, but also other politicians, and the U.S in general, especially when they are outside the U.S." — William

"Okay to disagree, but QUIETLY or within the vote. There has to be a uniform front!" — Bob

"I think it depends on the subject. If it concerns our nation, I have no problem with them speaking up, but if it is on a more personal level, keep your thoughts to your self." — Keith (Waco, TX)

"Certainly it should be avoided. The Republicans simply do not play the same game as the Democrats, who are always in lock step. From the gang of 14 (?) to Warner ambushing the President on the troop surge, they have a self-destructive bent. Argue amongst yourselves, but keep the faith in public." — Phillip (Duncanville, TX)

"Yes I think that politicians should AVOID speaking out about members of their own party, but there are times that it may be necessary. The current 'speaking out' is, for the most part, not to help the American people, but to improve the politicians' image. Where are the statesmen?" — Frank

"I think politicians should refrain from making negative comments about members of either party, comments should be focused at the topic and not pointed at the individual. But then, that would make politicians sound professional." — Craig

"Free speech is guaranteed even for those who choose to speak unwisely. " — Basil

"How about a 12th amendment … No U.S. politician should never make derogatory remarks about the United States when they are on foreign soil. If so, they should be deemed a traitor!" — Ron

"As a registered Republican, I would like to think fellow Republicans are on the same page as me. I do not, however, see anything wrong with letting another Republican know privately that he has taken a wrong path if I he strays. That can become public criticism, if they continue on the wrong path to the detriment of the Party as a whole, and the good of our country, as I see it." — Mike (Memphis, TN)

"When we dedicate ourselves to a certain doctrine of beliefs, as well as the party that backs those beliefs, we should 'stick with them' in order to get the resulting political changes we desire. Just because a couple of politicians 'disappoint' us doesn't mean you should abandon your party!" — Karen (Ocala, FL)

"I feel that a positive image is key to success. This is hard to maintain constantly slamming your opponent. The blasting away at each other helps no one. This practice of degrading one another gives voters a bad taste of politics and what they stand for! We live in a distrusting society. Let's not pour fuel on the fire! Maybe politicians could campaign with dignity, grace, and tolerance. Maybe their campaign slogan should be 'We can agree to disagree' rather than 'knock them down and stomp hard!'" — Denise (Springfield, MO)

"I ABSOLUTELY AGREE with that statement. Not only should same parties not say derogatory comments to each other, but it should not cross party lines. That is what is wrong with our country today. We openly say horrible things in our political system to each other and that trickles all the way down to the children. I am not saying to not speak your mind. I am saying to be as positive as possible to each other while trying to run this country in any situation. I wonder how our troops feel hearing all the comments made about them while they are serving our country with PRIDE" — Stacie

"Chuck Hagel is spewing opinions as truths and spouting lies as facts. This senator is 'speaking ill of a fellow Republican' and needs to be called on it in no uncertain terms." — Barry

"No! I disagree with President Reagan's 11th Commandment (even though I agreed with just about everything else he did or said). I believe politicians should be statesmen and hold a high level of personal integrity, therefore I think they should speak ill of anyone (regardless of party) who they feel is being detrimental to the liberties, welfare and rights of Americans. If they don't serve the good of America, they can only be serving themselves." — Doug

"The trouble lies in the PARTY SYSTEM. Asking someone to stand for a platform is nuts. It is impossible for only two people to agree on several issues. We need to have leaders who speak the TRUTH ... and stick to it no matter what. I can count on one hand, our leaders who may fall into that category. Nothing is as it appears. That is all I know." — Claudia

"Rare is the politician who really cares about this country. Most are there for filling their own pockets, not to help our nation. Let them blast each other, just shows what kind of men or women they are!. I'm waiting for one to step forward and refuse their pay check while campaigning for another job. no guts to any or few of them." — V Howard. (Young Harris, GA)

"As an old combat vet, I believe that Ronald Reagan said it best that you do not speak 'ill of one of your party.' I will not ever vote for anyone in either the Republican or Democratic parties, unless Tancredo or Lieberman run as an Independent." — Nunzio (Laguna Woods, CA)

"Of course not. They need to do it more. That is what is wrong with politics today. Our 'political representatives' pledge allegiance to their respective political parties and special interest groups rather than the common American and our country. And it is not just one party doing it, it is both!" — Jeff

"Yes, I believe partisan politics is getting way out of hand. The personal attacks are unbelievable. Especially ones directed at President Bush. How quickly everyone is to forget 9/11 and the rallying cry heard across our nation. The war on terrorism is REAL and a lot of our people just don't get it! This is crazy. I really can't understand the Republican's imploding on the issue of the war in Iraq. Can't any politician stick by their convictions, or are they POLL crazy. The latest comments by Senator Kerry are treasonous." — Larry

"I believe politicians should speak the truth, even if it hurts their leaders, or risk the distain of the voters." — WJB

"In this case, you can not consider Hagel a Republican. You can however see him as being a cohort of the enemy of the United States of America!" — John (Lancaster, OH)

"I feel that all this back and forth badmouthing each other is less than helpful and we ( the American public) are getting pretty sick and tired of it. You people in politics are supposed to be adults and act like adults with a little dignity. All I can think of when I listen to you are that you are acting like little spoiled children. This daily criticism of our president is sickening and is just giving fodder to our enemies. For Pete's sake, do your job with a little dignity!" — Judith

"If Hagel wishes to accuse his own president of murder, he is a despicable and cowardly member of Congress, and should change parties to where such behavior is welcomed." — Ernie