Unless you have been under a rock this evening, you know that Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina shouted out "you lie" to the President of the United States.
Wilson has apologized for his lack of civility. But, his frustrations are understandable. The President papered over big issues in health care and basically sung the praises of various Democratic bills in the Congress. If the President of the United States gives a partisan stump speech to Congress, he and his should not be surprised to get a partisan reaction. That, folks, is politics.
What is not understandable is how some Republicans are turning on Wilson. John McCain condemned the remarks of the man who campaigned for him, and was quickly followed by his buddy Lindsey Graham. Then, Will Folks over at the FITS News for Now blog dubbed Joe Wilson a RINO in his criticism.
Joe Wilson, Mr. Republican, a RINO? Wow. Joe Wilson, like him or not, has one of the most conservative voting records in the United States Congress. If Wilson is a Republican in Name Only, then, frankly, there are no Republicans.
Such is politics. There is nothing like kicking a man when he is down to get a little media cred for some. Well, VUI won't do that. Wilson lost his cool. That was wrong. But, he apologized.
As for those who talk about decorum, well, where were they when President Bush was booed by Democrats during one of this speeches to the Congress? If those political thin skins think Wilson was rowdy, they ought to check out the British House of Commons during Prime Minister's Question Time. (Of course, the British Parliament does sit quietly during the Queen's speech, but are we to compare our President to royalty?)
Further, Joe Wilson has served South Carolina with honor in the United States House of Representatives and has worked tirelessly to promote the Republican Party. VUI offers Congressman Wilson support and understands, that sometimes, a man can not sit and listen but to so much bull manure before he has to say something. VUI understands, Joe.
Now, for comparison is the British House of Commons during Question Time.