Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Congress, Joe Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Racism
House Admonishes Joe Wilson
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution yesterday admonishing Rep. Joe Wilson for his outburst of "You lie!" on the house floor during the president's speech to Congress.
Republicans argued that Wilson called and apologized to the president immediately after the event by way of Rahm Emmanuel, and that the president accepted. No further action necessary.
Democrats rebutted that Congress deserved an apology too (which Wilson refused to give), because the Congressman's actions tarnished the reputation of the House.
Democrats' Argument Refuted (and Ridiculed)
Seriously!? With Congress' approval ratings in the low thirties and trust ratings at a record low 45%, it's Wilson's actions that have damaged the image and reputation of Congress?
I didn't know Congress was held in such high esteem. To hear the Democrats carry on yesterday, you'd think it was the most venerable, respected, and sacred of institutions. Ha!
Not to put my neck out too far for Joe Wilson- but I find the Democrats' argument curiously suspicious. When did Congress ever care about its reputation?
I ask is there any institution in these United States more corrupt, more tyrannical, or more entirely shameless in its overt harlotry than our nation's Congress?
Jimmy Carter and Racism
One of the big headlines this morning was former President Jimmy Carter calling Joe Wilson's outburst racist, saying among other things:
"I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American."
The thing to remember is that this isn't an argument. It's not based on facts. And it doesn't follow at all from Joe Wilson's words or actions.
It's not as if Joe Wilson said "You lie- you [racial epithet here]!" In that case- it would be pretty clear that Wilson's anger was racially motivated.
As it happens, he simply said "You lie!" I'm going to go way out there on a limb and suggest that instead of being motivated by race, Wilson was motivated by the belief that President Obama is lying. Just a crazy thought. Go figure that someone might think a politician lies!
And just as importantly, when it comes to the Democrats' health care reforms, President Obama does lie. Or to be fair- he could be mistaken, but he's certainly not correct.
The president is either deceiving us himself or he is himself deceived. These two are jointly exhaustive of the possibilities. It's one or the other... or worse, both.