I wasn’t going to write aboot the Joe Wilson brouhaha because, while I admit that it was in appropriate to heckle the President in a speech like that, I can’t really fault a guy for letting his emotions get the best of him and yell what we’ve been yelling at the television for a few months now. He apologized, the media acted the way you would expect the, to…by recklessly playing the race card.
See, according to NBC News (you know, the network that Brokaw and Russert built) if you disagree with President Obama – chances are if you’re reading this you do – aboot anything, than you’re a racist.
But I found this article from The Daily Beast that I found mighty entertaining. To paraphrase the great Kinky Friedman, our Congress has been wussified…
Far and away the most deplorable element of what we must now, presumably, call the Joe Wilson Affair is the fact that Rep. Wilson (R-SC) has felt the need to apologize for calling the president of the United States a liar during his speech on Wednesday night. The second most deplorable aspect of this midget-size tempest was President Obama’s acceptance of Wilson’s apology. “We all make mistakes,” Obama said, adding that the congressman “apologized quickly and without equivocation. I am appreciative of that.”
Could anything be prissier than that?
The factual merits of Wilson’s cry of “You lie!” need not detain us, if only because it is an obvious truth that, sooner or later, all presidents speak less than the whole truth. Here was an opportunity for Obama to endorse the eternal value of the First Amendment; instead, he emphasized the idea that criticizing the president of the United States is, in the dread terms favored by puritans, killjoys, and charlatans everywhere, “inappropriate.”
Not that Obama was alone in considering this most minor rebellion a threat to the sweet decorum of the republic. The maiden aunts staffing The Associated Press’ Washington bureau clucked: “The nastiness of August reached from the nation’s town halls into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday as President Barack Obama tried to move his health-care plan forward.” If a two-word heckle passes the AP’s “Nastiness Threshold,” one wonders how the wire service would describe something truly monstrous.
Read the whole thing, if you will.