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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.


  1. Dear President Carter, I was at the DC Rally on 9/12 and I am not a racist. I had an African American who was my best friend in my wedding. I have nothing against anyone just because of their color. Even though I didn't vote for President Obama I was proud of our country on January 20, 2009. I thought to myself here could be a new beginning, maybe my generations chance at a President Kennedy like experience. It didn't take long until I realized that was not to be. I don't dislike President Obama the person. I dislike his policies, the radicals that surround him, and the direction he is taking our country. I have often said I wish he was white, for only one reason, so it would be politically correct to disagree with him!

    President Carter I could not vote for you because I was only 16. But I did support you in your campaign and I was at your inauguration. I felt the same chance for a fresh start after the heavy hand of the Nixon administration, and Gerald Ford, someone we never elected. Here was a non insider, plus an extremely intelligent man a nuclear scientist, and yes important for me, a Christian man. But then the oil crises hit and you told us to wear a sweater. You showed a weakness on foreign policy, especially during the Iran Hostage Crises. In the end I was glad to see you go, and thrilled to see Ronald Reagan win. I remember you as a weak president. Though I will give you your proper dues on arranging the most important Egypt - Israeli Peace accords. That you can be proud of.

    I see a lot of you in President Baraq Obama as he makes one of his first moves as President a worldwide apology trip.

    President Carter, you are a smart man, so please don't make the mistake of wrongly accusing me and many others of being racist, just because we disagree with President Obama's policies, advisers, and actions.

  2. I wanted to add that I couldn't vote for Carter in 76, I was only 16, but in my first Presidential Election in 1980 I did not vote mainstream, I voted for John Anderson, and I would do it again. Dave

  3. Well said, sir! That could have been a blog post.


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