Thursday, September 10, 2009

What do you think this is? Parliament?

The big flap in the news today is Rep. Joe Wilson's (R-S.C.) shout of "you lie!" during President Obama's address to Congress on healthcare last night.

To the news:

I'm all about free speech, and God knows I've been rude in my life (usually unintentionally). But there is a little thing called decorum in Congress. Or there should be*. Mr. Wilson had the right to say what he said, and most critics of his outburst are more concerned about propriety of the circumstances than what he actually said. And let's face it, name-calling in regards to this particular issue isn't going away anytime soon. Nevertheless. He said it, and he apologized. It's over. Let it go, and focus on analyzing the speech.

Remember healthcare? When will it get to be more important than the hip-shot rhetoric and emotional outbursts that surround it? Let's have an examination of the plan. Debate on policy. Research, analyze, report. Get opinions from nonpartisan experts.

Oh, and to those who kept their kids home from school so they wouldn't hear the President tell them to stay in school and take responsibility for their own education and success? How's your irony meter running these days?

*emotions have run high in Congress before. In 1856, South Carolina (ahem) Representative Carlton Brooks used his cane to beat Rep. Charles Sumner (Massachusetts) bloody. So really, it could be worse.

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