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14th September
2009
written by Sean Noble

I’ve been asked by a number of people what I thought of Congressman Joe Wilson’s outburst on the House Floor during the President’s speech last Wednesday night.  My answer has been a variation of the following: childish, stupid, idiotic, unbecoming, or boorish.

Look, the President of the United States of America was giving a speech to a Joint Session of Congress.  There are rules of decorum – like when there is a regular debate on the House floor, it is “not in order” to shout out interruptions.

Yes, there is a long history of antics on the House floor, but that is not an excuse for Joe Wilson’s behavior.

Personally, I think the Republican Conference should have immediately censured him, and since they didn’t, there is a good chance the Democrats will do it for them.  Frankly, he deserves it.

 

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5 Comments

  1. horatio
    14/09/2009

    I respectfully disagree – I think Wilson should be the House Minority Leader – he’s the only Republican with cojones. He shouldn’t have apologized – decorum be damned!

  2. Woody
    14/09/2009

    I think Joe Wilson should issue a formal apology on the floor of the House. He should admit to being momentarily stupid, idiotic, unbecoming and boorish. He should claim to be a victim of circumstance, having his sensabilities dulled by Senate Majority Leader Reid and Al Gore calling George Bush a liar, the boorish crowd at the innauguraion singing “Hey Hey Goodbye” at Bush without comment from any of the speakers, and Obama calling professional police officers stupid, etc.
    If the Republicans keep bringing rusty knives to the gunfight, why should we vote for them?

  3. David Drage
    14/09/2009

    Two wrongs do not make it right. What then does it take for the truth to set us free? Clean out the corruption in the 535. Reorganize, then have some integrity and honesty.

  4. DeAnn
    14/09/2009

    I disagree. He apologized and the president accepted the apology. When you listen to outright lies over and over it would be hard to keep quiet. I don’t think he did it on purpose.
    I don’t remember anyone getting censured when they booed at President Bush.
    I wish Republicans would be as hard on democrats and they are on each other.

  5. Carol
    14/09/2009

    Thinking a thought and choosing to act are important distinctions. I read that an apology was given and accepted by the President. Hopefully, lesson learned.

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