Everybody who believes that Joe Wilson was spontaneous in shouting that the President is a liar, please stand up. My belief is that Wilson, an obscure loudmouth politician from South Carolina saw his chance to get some “press” and did it. And, even as we speak, there are enough non thinking types in his district to reelect him or build a statue to him or anything else he wants. They dislike the President that much or opininated as I am, think that Wilson gives a nod to their deep seated prejudices.
Politics by it’s very nature is contencious. I wish we had the British system where they yell and clap and are downright disrespectful to their head of state. We don’t but there’s something about it that is laughable and you get the impression in watching them that they are laughing at themselves.
Slapping Joe Wilson around will only give him more notariety and thats what an egomaniac wants. If the people reelect him, they deserve each other. In the big picture, this is nothing more than a distraction. Joe , in saying he was not apologizing again used that much touted and grossly overused phrase, “the American people.” What “American people” is he talking about? Nobody I know.
Since I am a Southerner and went to school at Furman University, pride of all the South, I get it a little more than most, maybe. My suspicion is that most South Carolilians are embarrassed by Joe Wilson. Southerners are a little or lot schsphenic about who we are and that is saying it mildly. On the one hand, we want the old South; Genteel, respectful, the way it was: what I ‘m hearing over and over, “my America.” Guess what! The old “America” that we’ve thought we’ve known is gone. The landscape has change, voting patterns are less ridgit, white America is quickly becoming a minority.
My old school, Furman, in fact is trying to make sense of of bigotry. They had George W as a graduation speaker, and it brought out the protesters big time to include many faculty members. There were vitriolic letters to the local paper, the school, etc. They appointed a commitee to figure out how to agree to disagree. From what if looks like, they failed.
The Joe Wilsons will always be among us. To them, self interest always overshadows what is right. Our democracy, in my opinion, is changing right before our eyes. Whether we can wrestle it from those like Joe Wilson is a big question. For those Americans who care, we have got to give it all we’ve got. God bless us.