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‘You lie’

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I saw most of the speech last night, but not all.  I did catch Rep. Joe Wilson completely berate our President by shouting out “You Lie!” while he was explaining that illegal immigrants would not receive free healthcare under this reform.

Now, I have to wonder how much of this might be racially based.  Coming from South Carolina – and excuse me for generalizing an entire state here – but South Carolina is known for being a hot bed of racial tension.  A white man from the south just called our black president a liar, in public, on camera while he was addressing Congress, and this is an outburst that has never been done before.

CNN: Never has any member of Congress shown such disrespect for the president during a speech,” Fowler wrote. “One would think that as a member of the military, Joe Wilson would have more respect and patriotism than he displayed tonight. When Congressman Wilson insulted President Obama, he also insulted the American public. Joe Wilson is a poor example of a statesman and an American. He owes an apology to the president and the American people.”

This to me screams “White Privilege”.  Of course, I could be making a big deal out of nothing, but I have to wonder…

Quick Hit: Please read this great article on why the term “illegal alien” brings images of very bad things to the more conservative minded Americans and those whose families have been in America for so long that they forgot their families actually came from other places of the world (unless you’re Native).  Here’s a quick quote of why it’s actually a very negative term:

If you can classify a whole group of people with a pejorative –alien –and then group them as “illegal,” you have carried out a neat trick: you have stripped a whole group of people of their humanity. Once dehumanized, any ill-treatment is judged by lesser standards, perhaps less moral than ones we apply to animals.

Just a quick something to think about.


Written by Lissette

September 10, 2009 at 10:09 am

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  1. The first problem is that you’ve been told a lot of what can only be called bullshit. Such “disrespect” is all too commonplace.

    Democrats repeatedly booed and heckled President Bush during his speeches, including the State of The Union Addresses. Before that Republicans did the same to President Clinton. Before that…ad nauseum.

    The second problem is that you’re operating from the standard Liberal’s hatred of Whites. You really need to get past your racism and realize that people are generally vile irrespective of race and race is far less often the motivating force for Americans’ behavior.

    The third problem is that you’ve decided that calling Obama a liar, which is a very true statement in itself, is disrespectful. I would call it honest, far more honest and respectful than the normal carefully couched phrases and innuendos.


    September 10, 2009 at 10:43 am

  2. first of all please keep RACE out of ths… The real truth is the insurnce companys are again trying to pull the strings of the republicans.. If you want to see a one side debate on this just watch the repuplican sponserd fox news.. they will scare the bejeepers out of U..


    September 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    • And if you want to see the other side just watch all the other news channels, which just so happen to lean toward the democrats. There is no real truth. The only thing that is happening is the media is taking away from the health care issues by focusing their stories on an outburst. Who cares. Reporting on what one person said will not in the least help reform health care.


      September 10, 2009 at 12:11 pm

      • I have to reply here and give another opinion. Taron, it matters because racism is what tears our country apart and racism (also religion, but I’m not going down that slippery slope), in my opinion, is playing a huge role in our government and our politics. It is part of the reason why the most vocal people in our nation are trying to do everything possible to make sure President Obama fails at being president, which has also be vocalized by yet another man who was practicing his privilege.

        It’s one thing for a crowd of civilians to boo Bush as he’s leaving office and quite another thing for a Congressman to behave in the manner that Wilson did.


        September 10, 2009 at 12:18 pm

  3. How can you leave “RACE” out of this? Clearly there has been a problem since Day 1 when Pres. Obama ran for presidency! What about at the campaign rallies of McCaine and Palin….people screaming out “Hang that Ni**er”… Neither McCaine or Palin rebuke those outbursts at all! Also, Congressman Wilson said “You Lie” not once but twice – There is a clip here (http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/09/10/obama.heckled.speech/index.html#cnnSTCVideo) that you can here him say it in the first 14sec and then the infamous one in 18sec into the clip – to me, that is a CONSCIOUS effort on his part to make sure that Pres. Obama heard him – not some blind emotional outburst! We still have a problem with racism – it’s a statistical fact! Look it up if you even care. If not, then you have no foundation to support your opinion.


    September 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  4. I cannot believe (really astonished) that anyone, much less a congress person, would show any disrespect to our President and the highest office in our land publically (can you believe the audacity to shout and call the President a liar during a Presidential speech on national television), WHO DOES THIS GUY THINK HE IS? – I mean people have died in wars following our President to war (I cannot believe the Military would let this go by?)!
    On CNN this morning, I did not hear an apology from miller (intentionaly lower case), only that he told the Whitehouse that his comment was “inappropriate”. A national TV apology would not be enough anyway (but it would be a start), this guy should get into trouble with Congress!
    Also cannot believe that the news agencies are not expressing indignation to this blatant disrespect!
    South Carolina is in big trouble letting this guy represent them! What in the world are politicians coming to in this country (I mean this is really terrible)?


    September 10, 2009 at 12:27 pm

  5. This President is doing his best to move us ahead and beyond the last 8 years and I would like to hope that at least some members of the Republican Party realize what that means. Obama could be spending his time dwelling on why the problems that we have exist and how in 8 years the Republican President absolutely nothing to make the situation better…and neither did the Republican Party who refused to put our Commander In Chief in check. Obama isn’t like that. Obama is a pragmatist, he is dealing with what is in front of him.

    The outburst last night is a symptom of a larger problem. Most politicians in Washington don’t want to save this country unless it is their bill or their plan that does it. It is all about the next election and the approval ratings. The “politician” that made the outburst last night will and should be shunned for it. If you can’t control yourself during a Presidential Speech, then you don’t belong in public service. You don’t have to respect the man to respect the office.


    September 10, 2009 at 12:48 pm

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