Why Are the Democrats so proud that they kept their mouths shut?

Pompous windbags.

I agree with the sentiments of this article.


As Mencken noted, our political mores demand vehement repudiation of petty acts of incivility while tolerating and even approving of extremely consequential acts of indecency as long as they're advocated with superficial civility


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Do unto others...

michael3b's picture

"Do Democrats realize that by not having a tenth of Joe Wilson’s balls or the Tea Baggers’s fanaticism, that they enabled Bush to destroy the US military in two idiotic wars, and destroy the economy through plunder? What’s to be proud of?"

Acting out in those circumstances isn't just a breach of civility, it's disrespectful to the notion of civil governance.  Once the street fight hits congress, it's all over (see: Korean Parlaiment).  Not that the federal government hasn't failed on about all counts for going on 10 years, but that's another story. 

The Dems definitely should have called those douchebags out as the lairs they are/were, and in no uncertain terms, but that's what the media and their own allotted time on the floor was for.  They blew it there.  Also, didn't they boo the hell out of GW at times? 

Homie's outburst was not some offthecuff remark, either; it was the calculated release of rage.  And I am guessing it has roots in something other than the healthcare debate.  It is what drove the GOP nuts when Clinton was president: The crybaby within acting out because he isn't getting his way....oh, and Obama is half black.

Meh. If this was the

jazzdrive3's picture

Meh. If this was the British parliament, no one would have cared.

It is not..

michael3b's picture

Which is good.

That parlaimentary style of "governing" is ripe for scialistic non-action.

Apples and Oranges

Rajah's picture

Yes, the Democrats should have spoke out more about the war but that hardly compares to what Wilson did. He was protesting something that wasn't there. It's not in any of the bills. Rules of conduct in congress are so they can have civil discourse and debate. Obama was giving a speech so he had the floor. They should respect the president no matter who that maybe at the time. I don't think acting like a fool who can't control himself would have stopped the war. I really don't understand the praise this idiot is receiving. He obviously doesn't respect this president. If you're going to protest something at least do it over something that's real. There's a place for everything. Obama didn't vote for the war btw.

Things that make you go hmmmm

gamerarocks's picture

Something that didn't dawn on me at the time but apparently has been a hot topic is that the first black president was the one to be heckled and the person doing the heckling is a member of an organization called Sons of Confederate Veterans.....?

Impeach Jim Gibbons!


If Joe Wilson is the son of a confederate veteran...

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

... he looks darn good for his age. 

If a confederate veteran had a son - when he was let's say 80 years old - theoretically that son could still be alive today.

It would be kind of cool if he could tell us what the famous rebel yell sounded like. 

{;-) Dan in Miami

I think you had that answered

gamerarocks's picture

during the speech.

Impeach Jim Gibbons!


The fucker's apology sucked rhino butt

Rajah's picture

He didn't even admit he was wrong. They think if they repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth, remember the WMDs?

House spanks Joe Wilson for juvenile outburst

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

House passes resolution criticizing Wilson

According to the Office of the House Historian, it was the first time in its 220-year history that the House has disciplined a member for speaking out during a presidential speech in the chamber to a joint session of Congress.

"Whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House: Now, therefore, be it resolved that the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on Sept. 9, 2009," said a text of the resolution posted earlier on Hoyer's legislative Web site.

In closing the debate, Democratic Rep. James Clyburn of South Carolina, the House Majority whip, noted that all Americans, especially schoolchildren, learn about civics and government by observing the House.

Clyburn, a former schoolteacher, said failing to enforce House rules against Wilson's outburst would send the wrong message.


{;-) Dan in Miami

PS:  Bad congressman.  Bad, bad, bad.  No word on whether he was smacked on the nose with a rolled up newspaper.

This reminds me of the Australian parliament

FearlessFreep's picture

One time an MP said in a speech, "The Minister doesn't have the brains of a donkey!" The speaker forced him to retract it, so he apologized and said, "The Minister DOES have the brains of a donkey!"


A public flogging was in order

Rajah's picture

make that a pubic flogging

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