Sep. 14th, 2009

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I've been thinking recently about the incident where Rep. Joe Wilson from South Carolina yelled out "You lied!" during President Obama's speech on healthcare. I've got really mixed feelings about it, so I'm going to lay them out here for your gray matter pondering.

First up: I think that it's definitely within Rep. Wilson's right to say what he said. Free speech and all that. His statement is also correct, technically. The bill, as proposed/supported by the President, does not provide for citizenship checks in the eligibility criteria. Hence, it is certainly possible and, given the left's track record for social issues, downright plausible that they will leave this in to allow for the coverage of illegals paid for by yours truly, the working Americans.

With that said, I do not think it is appropriate for a member of Congress (or any other branch of our government, hell, for any of our citizens) to show such flagrant disrespect for the office of President. Regardless of your feelings for the person with the title, it is completely inappropriate to so violently and flagrantly show disrespect: especially on such a public, national level. That's just not okay.

Shame on you, Rep. Wilson, for doing that. You may be right, but there are far more appropriate ways of getting your voice heard. (Of course, this little outburst has apparently raised over a million dollars for his campaign funds. That's good, I guess, but I'm not sure I'd want to be represented by a man who willfully disrespects the President in such a way.)

And on that note, I leave you with a little reminder. If you happen to think that Rep. Wilson should be canned, censured, etc etc etc, then I would like to remind you of a certain period of time where it was "fashionable" to mock, deride, and publicly disrespect our previous President. If you intend to say something about Rep. Wilson's comments, make sure to research the 2005 State of the Union address where Democratic members of Congress did similar en masse. Or during President Obama's inauguration where Democrats started singing "na-na-na-na, hey hey hey, good-bye!" at President Bush.

I may be the only conservative on Dreamwidth (not true, but it's fun to say), but I promise to be fair in my critiques and commentaries. I ask only that you do the same.
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