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?