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The wages of disrespect

Fascinating CNN article today: in the wake of his uncalled-for outburst, Joe Wilson has tucked another $200,000 into his war chest.

Such an outburst would hardly be newsworthy in the august [shut up, you wags, I know it's September] chambers of many of our foreign allies - I actually have the famous "¿Por qué no te callas?" ring tone on my phone, which was the subject of so much national pride in Spain. And let's not even talk about the daily House of Commons circus, with all due respect to our British cousins.

Yet despite the vulgarity of our political process, the incessant mudslinging, backbiting, calumniation, innuendo and vituperation - showing respect for the office of the president has been a long-hallowed tradition. The worst thing that's ever happened during a State of the Union speech is that half the body fails to applaud... until now.

Wilson apologized, Obama forgave - and now the offender is cashing in on his philistinism. It doesn't sound much like he's sorry to me.

A sad day for the dignity of our nation, but no sadder in truth than the lack of respect for the office shown by those who have occupied it - Nixon, Clinton and W come glaringly to mind. If ever a president of this country were to commit errors of judgment that besmirch the honor of the office, and had the decency to step up and say, "I'm sorry. I screwed up big time. For the good of the nation I'm resigning." - I think my heart would stop. But I'm not holding my breath. The sad fact of politics is that those who have the integrity to qualify for the office of Commander in Chief do not, as a rule, run for office.



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Sep. 11th, 2009 06:52 pm (UTC)
Last I checked, his most-likely opponent in the next election had received a half-million.

Note also that Wilson is a Rep from the state where the governor secretly flew off to meet his South American mistress, and the people of the state basically shrugged and said, "So?"
Sep. 11th, 2009 06:55 pm (UTC)
I think the entire political system here in the US sucks.

and it's true. those with the integrity to do the job do not run for office.

I honestly don't agree with the way either party is doing it. I think in 2012 I'm voting for the Crab Party ticket... Sig Hansen & Phil Harris. :)

Edited at 2009-09-11 08:00 pm (UTC)
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
My understanding of the situation is far from perfect.

However, here's the timeline I've seen in the news:

Mr. Wilson apologized, Obama accepted.

The Left wing world exploded, calling for the ouster of Mr. Wilson.
(I've recieved 2 spam requests for money to go to Mr. Wilson's Democratic opponent.)

Now it appears that Mr. Wilson is on the defensive. I'm not surprised if people on both sides are painting him as either a hero speaking truth to power, or a racist boor who dared question the Dear Leader.

In short, it's no longer even about Mr. Wilson or Mr. Obama anymore, it's just Hatfields & McCoys as usual.
Sep. 12th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
Oops. Sorry. Ran across another one.

And I was wrong. Now they're calling him an *Un-American* Boor.
Sep. 12th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Well, the political sparks are not unexpected, but I would have felt the same way regardless of which party the guy was from - in fact, when I wrote my original post, I hadn't even bothered to check.
Sep. 12th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, I do in fact agree.

However, in my opinion, it should have (and probably would have) ended with an apology given and accepted.

However, when the poltical parties got involved, it became a case of "Hey, let's you and him fight!" :-P


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