A recent, and certainly ominous, headline (however, the story is much more sinister than you might suspect imagine):
House admonishes Wilson for his ‘You lie’ outburst
By JIM ABRAMS and BEN EVANS
Associated Press Writers
WASHINGTON (AP) – The House has voted to admonish Rep. Joe Wilson over his ‘You lie’ outburst to President Barack Obama during the president’s health care speech to Congress last week.
The 240-179 vote on the resolution of disapproval reflected the sharp partisan divide over the issue. Democrats insisted that the South Carolina Republican take responsibility for what they said was a serious breach of decorum. Republicans characterized the vote as a political stunt.
Wilson himself would not back down on his position that he owed the House no apology. Surrounded by Republican supporters, Wilson said Obama had “graciously accepted my apology and the issue is over.”
09/15/09 17:35 © Copyright The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained In this news report may not be published, broadcast or otherwise distributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
So… Now the House is censoring it’s members for exercising free speech.
Representative Wilson may have been rude, and demonstrated a lack of “decorum”. But, have you ever visited the House and Senate during a policy debate? It’s like an elementary school playground (without adult supervision – okay… not always. but, often enough). And, can you imagine how raucous the floor must have been while the original Continental Congress was forming? They often drank, those brilliant and pious men.
Consider the The Burr–Hamilton duel between two prominent American politicians, Alexander Hamilton and sitting Vice President Aaron Burr, on July 11, 1804. At the Heights of Weehawken in New Jersey Burr shot and mortally wounded Hamilton. Hamilton was carried to the home of William Bayard on the Manhattan shore, where he died at 2 p.m. the next day.
Now that requires furious resolve.
However, Wilson spoke his mind, and apparently his heart. Are the Democrats taking the position that Wilson does not represent the opinions of any constituents?
In any event, if Thomas Jefferson could stop spinning in his grave, he might pay the House and Senate a desperately needed visit, and would likely call them all out as a pack of liars, and certainly hypocrites. He would also, and this is very likely, suggest they consider leading the country by example. For instance having access to only the same healthcare benefits available to their constituents, and relative pay scales, as well.
Peace be to My Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork