No, Joe. YOU lie!

September 10, 2009

So, everyone is screaming about how Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) was rude and disrespectful and blah blah blah during Obama’s speech on Wednesday night.

OK, agreed.  Shouting “You lie!” at the president during a joint session with Congress, televised live to the whole planet, takes some nut.

But isn’t it within this guy’s right to express himself?

Personally, yes, I think the guy is a rude crude bastard.  I disagree with his politics and he’s got some nerve.  But why aren’t any of the bleeding hearts defending this guy’s right to express himself?  What about the Repugs who sat there thumbing through their Blackberries and waving bits of legislation in the air?  Sure it sucks, and it’s a bit childish and downright thuggish, but don’t they have the right to express themselves in this way?

Do I think their behavior helps in any way?  Towards Obama’s larger goal of finding common ground,  I should think not.  But, if – and that’s a big IF – these guys are properly representing their respective constituencies, then fine.  Say whatever the hell you want.  Ain’t that why we sent these bastards to Washington in the first place?  To speak for us?  If Rep. Wilson is merely expressing his district’s voice, then by all means, get the guy a friggin’ bullhorn.

And the apology?  This is the worst of it.  All this “saving face” bullshit.  He extends “sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility”.  Jesus, what a load of shit if I ever heard it.   No he doesn’t!  Are we really to believe this?  So insincere.  Now who’s lying?  I am actually more offended by the apology than by the outburst.  Yes, the outburst was shocking.  But isn’t a little honesty what we really need?  I really don’t mind the name-calling and the shouting and the heckling – hell, it makes things  a little more exciting and interesting if you ask me.  It breaks up the same old same old.  It gave us all something to talk about, didn’t it?

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3 Responses to “No, Joe. YOU lie!”

  1. Mardé Says:

    The thing that bothers me about it is that it’s getting more attention than the speech itself. The media has another great outrageous story to push. This may all stoke a reaction against the Repugs and in favor of reform, which is ironically good in my opinion. Also, I’m not sure he is representing his constituents by this action. He may have offended some of them by his outburst against the President even though they might agree with him about health care reform? Another possibility is he is just trying his best, along with a bunch of his fellow Rethugs, to shoot down Obama’s plan for his (and their) own personal gain, i.e., defeating Obama swings public opinion in favor of the Rethugs and against the Dems thus helping him keep his seat? Just possibilities. I could be wrong.

  2. Life with Butterbean Says:

    I couldn’t help but remember those clips shown occasionally on the nightly news where some politico is beaten with a shoe, chair or open fist when tempers flare. I think it’s usually in Thailand or the Phillipines or some such place. We are just so civilized here! 🙂

  3. Minds Erased Says:

    TOO civilized. Shouldn’t politics be a full-contact sport? Hell, charge admission. Gotta offset the deficit somehow, since we’re all too prudish to legalize and tax the marijuana that millions of us are smoking.


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