[personal profile] nowalmart
This evening, I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the president's remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the president's statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility.

-From South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson's apology for yelling "You lie!" during the President's speech to Congress

Have we gotten to the point where one of the two major parties seems to campaign and run using falsehoods? I would say that it started with the Swift Boat campaign against John Kerry, but I realize that one could look at the justification for the invasion of Iraq as maybe the first salvo. Either way, we are now faced with people at these town hall meetings yelling complete falsehoods. Where, for example, did this idea of Death Panels come from? More importantly, though, how are members Congress bringing up the idea of Death Panels as if there is any basis in fact for them?

What bothers me so much about the above quote from Rep. Wilson is this one line. I want to repeat it and give it emphasis again:
I disagree with the president's statement
So Rep. Wilson is still calling the President a liar? I can really not get any other meaning out of this quote from his statement. Is there any other possible meaning?

Date: 2009-09-10 09:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sk8rboi.livejournal.com
Sad times indeed.

I thought Obama did a good job with paralelling with uninsured motorists. I see a lot of "neo-libertarians" (IE libertarians who only want the government to stay out of specific issues of their choosing) say "If I don't want health insurance I shouldn't be forced to buy it." I don't understand what they think should happen if an uninsured American citizen is taken to the ER after a car accident or something similar. Should they be refused treatment? Should they receive massive amounts of debt they have no hope of paying which will eventually be written off which is the same as tax payers paying for it?

American politics on a national levle are a lost cause for me. Thankfully I have city politics to enjoy here in Austin, and the state level is starting to be at least a little more interesting.



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