I – like most Republicans – understand that Rep. Joe Wilson exercised something less than great judgment in his outburst during the Obama speech to the Congress. But for some reason I just can’t muster up the outrage that Democrats bitterly cling to.
Barack Obama himself actually started the “You lie!” war in his speech:
Some of people’s concerns have grown out of bogus claims spread by those whose only agenda is to kill reform at any cost. The best example is the claim, made not just by radio and cable talk show hosts, but prominent politicians, that we plan to set up panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens. Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical and irresponsible. It is a lie, plain and simple.
To which I can only blurt out, “You lie!”
When Obama appoints Ezekiel Emanuel as his health policy adviser who is on the record saying just this year:
The Complete Lives system justifies preference to younger people because of priority to the worst-off rather than instrumental value.”
Treating 65-year olds differently because of stereotypes or falsehoods would be ageist; treating them differently because they have already had more life-years is not.”
And when Obama appoints a regulatory czar like Cass Sunstein who is on record saying:
“I urge that the government should indeed focus on life-years rather than lives. A program that saves young people produces more welfare than one that saves old people.”
Other things being equal, a program that protects young people seems far better than one that protects old people, because it delivers greater benefits.”
Well, I think that Republicans are more than justified in pointing out that the president who calls them liars is actually the one who is the liar.
That, and the fact that it is now a matter of fact that when Joe Wilson shouted “You lie!” as Obama said that illegal immigrants would not be covered, it was Joe Wilson who was telling the truth. The Democrats have SINCE began to deal with that reality.
But in any event, the Democrats today decided they would make a public spectacle out of demagoguing a man who had twice apologized for not apologizing.
Or did he?
Did the president decide to bury the hatchet in Joe Wilson’s head? Because somebody’s hatchet men suddenly went on the warpath on Joe Wilson. It’s kind of nice to put on the face of the One who is loftily above partisanship while your thugs go out on the attack. For example:
Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst last week drew new recriminations from his colleagues Tuesday, with a member of the Congressional Black Caucus suggesting that a failure to rebuke the South Carolina Republican would be tantamount to supporting the most blatant form of organized racism in American history.
Making an obvious reference to the Ku Klux Klan, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Tuesday that people will be putting on “white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside” if emerging racist attitudes, which he says were subtly supported by Wilson, are not rebuked. He said Wilson must be disciplined as an example.
Given Hank Johnson’s racist statement, it is rather ironic that the Ku Klux Klan was created by Democrats to thwart the rise of the Party of Lincoln in the South. And that the Democratic National Convention of 1924 was so dominated by the Klan that it went down in infamy as “the Klanbake.”
And that just dovetailed right along with New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who could have sworn she heard Joe Wilson use a polite euphamism for “nigger” in Joe Wilson’s remark:
But, fair or not, what I heard was an unspoken word in the air: You lie, boy!
Well, sure it’s fair, Maureen. Everyone knows that liberal journalists are allowed to make up facts and assign the harshest possible motives to their stories. It’s called propaganda. And mainstream journalists embrace it like lovers for their ideology and their party.
For liberals like Hank Johnson and Maureen Dowd, facts don’t matter. Their souls swim in a sea of lies.
Democrats couldn’t help but assign racist motives to a statement that had nothing to do with race. Because that is just the kind of vile, racist, brain-diseased cockroaches that they are.
The House voted that it was a breech of decorum for Wilson to shout, “You lie!” And it was.
But this, apparently, was NOT a breech of decorum for the most partisan and most nakedly ideological Party and politicians in American history:
Some transcribed highlights from Democrat Rep. Pete Stark’s remarks on the House floor toward President George W. Bush:
The Republicans are worried that we can’t pay for insuring an additional 10 million children. They sure don’t care about finding $200 billion to fight the illegal war in Iraq. Where you going to get that money. You gonna tell us lies like you’re telling us today? Is that how you’re going to fund the war. You don’t have enough money to fund the war or children. But you’re going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we can get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the President’s amusement…
…But the President Bush’s statements about children’s health shouldn’t be taken any more seriously than his lies about the war in Iraq. The truth is that Bush just likes to blow things up in Iraq, in the United States, and in Congress.
Apparently, any reasonable person is supposed to be able to understand why the two words spoken by Joe Wilson were horrendous, but the ugly and hateful accusations that accompanied the charge of lying were not.
Democrat Barbara Lee is quoted from the House floor as saying:
And let us not forget Democrats by the dozens booing and shouting “NO!” at George Bush during his 2005 State of the Union address must not have been a breech of decorum either.
Democrats rudely interrupted President Bush to jeer and applaud their own obstruction of crucial legislation to try to fix Social Security:
And the Gateway Pundit shows that one of the jeering Democrats was one Barack Hussein Obama.
So you’re just going to have to pardon me for not thinking, “My gosh, these Republicans are just so awful! Good thing the Democrats are the party of wonderfulness. No Democrat would ever do anything nasty like that! They need to hold that awful Republican responsible!”
Because I have a brain – and the thing actually works.
That separates me from congressional Democrats.
President Obama himself suggested that a formal rebuke of Mr. Wilson would be a distraction from the larger debate. “I mean, it just becomes a big circus instead of focusing on health care,” Mr. Obama said.
So let’s just realize that even President Obama is pointing out that Congress has important business to attend to, but that DEMOCRATS are refusing to do their duty in favor of the demagoguery and partisanship of the “big circus.”
James Clyburn, who has been the lead rabble-rouser in the witch hunt, had this to say:
“This is not a partisan stunt,” said Clyburn, whose district in South Carolina adjoins Wilson’s. “I do not participate in partisan stunts, and I think every member here knows that. This is about the proper decorum that should take place on the floor of the United States House of Representatives.”
But every member probably knows that Clyburn was in fact such a player in “partisan stunts” that he once said that good news in Iraq amounted to a problem for Democrats. If every member of Congress doesn’t realize that hoping for your own side to lose a war for the sake of partisan political advantage is anything less than the most gross and contemptible sort of partisan stunt, then this country is surely doomed.
Not to mention the fact that James Clyburn – who is clearly so interested in “proper decorum” now – didn’t give a fig about it when it was Democrats who were repeatedly violating that decorum.
Democrats have the power to force through whatever resolution they want.
But anyone who thinks that it’s anything other than a partisan distraction and witch hunt by a nasty group of Democrat politicians is a fool.
For what it’s worth, if I were a Republican, I would be inclined to vote to censure Joe Wilson for his out-of-bounds comment. But I would only do so if every episode of the Democrats’ vile conduct over the last eight years were read into the record so we can appreciate just who these self-righteous hypocrite accusers truly are.
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