The Republicans in attendance at last night's joint session of Congress should be commended for their restraint. The story:
The Republican Response, Arriving a Little EarlyDemocrats and members of the mainstream press this morning sit aghast at the breakdown in decorum. Washington doesn't act this way, you see.
By Dana Milbank, Washington Post
As President Obama addressed a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, the nation's rapidly deteriorating discourse hit yet another low.
It happened at 8:40 pm, just after the president vowed to lawmakers that his health-care reform proposals would not provide benefits to illegal immigrants. As millions of Americans watched from home, Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted at the president from his fifth-row seat: "You lie!"
Wilson was only the most flagrant. There was booing from House Republicans when the president caricatured a conservative argument by saying they would "leave individuals to buy health insurance on their own." They hissed when he protested their "scare tactics." They grumbled as they do in Britain's House of Commons when Obama spoke of the "blizzard of charges and countercharges."
When he asserted that "nothing in this plan will require you or your employer to change the coverage or the doctor you have," there was scoffing and outright laughter on the GOP side. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (Tex.) shook his head in disbelief. Several Republicans shouted "What plan?" and Rep. Louis Gohmert (Tex.) waved at Obama a handwritten poster he made on a letter-size piece of paper: "WHAT PLAN?" Gohmert then took that down and replaced it with another handmade poster that said "WHAT BILL?"
while the majority of both parties' lawmakers behaved as adults, the insolence by House Republicans stole the show. There was derisive laughter on that side of the chamber when Obama noted that "there remain some significant details to be ironed out." They applauded as he spoke of "all the misinformation that's been spread over the past few months." They laughed again when he said that "many Americans have grown nervous about reform."
When Obama addressed the charge that he plans "panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens," someone on the GOP side shouted out "shame!" The president went on: "Such a charge would be laughable if it weren't so cynical." "Read the bill!" someone shouted back. Obama mentioned those who accuse him of a government takeover of health care. "It's true," someone shouted back. [link]
But the Democrats and the press haven't ventured out into the real world much lately. When they have, they've heard far worse than that which they were subjected to last night. Had they been paying attention at the town hall meetings that had taken place in recent months, they'd have come to the realization that most of America doesn't just consider Obama to be a liar; they consider all Democrats and everyone in the mainstream press to be liars as well.
And they want someone's ass should ObamaCare become law.
"You lie!" is tame compared to the pitchforks, torches, tar, feathers, and rough-cut rails that are heading their way.
America is in a surly mood. Defy us and watch Washington burn.
- - -
Here's to Joe Wilson. If the people of South Carolina decide to turn him out, we'll take him here in Southwest Virginia. A Congressional representative with backbone would be a welcome change.