Peter G (sinetimore) wrote,
Peter G

Political Discourse Ain't What It Used To Be. And Maybe It Never Was

Last night, Obama appeared on TV to give a speech and try to make it look like the wheels hadn't fallen off the HOPE and CHANGE bandwagons.  I opted instead to pull out my pages and keep working on Head Above Water.  At least, everyone will know THAT'S a fantasy tale.

Get up, get ready for work, and everyone's buzzing.  What's up, asketh I?  Seems that, in the middle of Obama's speech, when he said that the government health plan would not cover illegals in the country.  Republican Joe Wilson promptly yelled out, "Liar!"  Now, you're buzzing about disrespect for the Presidency and all that stuff.

Honestly.  I can't leave you kids alone for a minute....

Now, yes, you should respect the President, whether you disagree with him or not, as he is the President.  It's courtesy.  However, courtesy went out the window a looooooong time ago.  Regardless of whoever is President, members of the opposition party will sit there, making little coughing noises and such at strategic points.  The difference, of course, is feigned innocence and plausible deniability.  "I didn't mean to cough there, but what can you do?"

Well, usually, it's civil.  Video has surfaced of a grand heckling production during a speech Shrub made to Congress.  Vocalizations that were more appropriate for a bombing vaudeville act went off again and again.  And I guarantee you that those weren't Republicans doing it.

And for those of you saying it was bad because it amounted to namecalling, where is that great sensitivity when you're describing people who disagree with you as liars, Nazis, fearmongers, hawks, and so on?  Here's a name I can call you -- hypocrites.

Ultimately, here's what Wilson did wrong -- he opened his mouth in a way that the other side could take advantage of to show how uncooth those who oppose Emperor Obama is.  Both parties are full of opportunistic sacks of shit.  So let's knock off the wounded morality bullshit and get back to the important issues, shall we?  It's when you start paying attention to the sideshows instead of the main event that the American people get screwed.
Tags: did not do the research, haven't we suffered enough, hypocrisy, important life lessons, infernal gall, news, politics
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