The United States House will begin discussions on exactly what kind of action to take against Rep. Joe Wilson for his outburst last week. As a recap, in case you’ve been on the moon, President B. Hussein Obama said that his Universal Health Care Backdoor Plan did not contain anything in it that would allow illegal immigrants to receive free health care. Joe Wilson, unable to contain himself any longer, shouted 2 words at THE ONE… “You Lie”. THE ONE glared his most glaring glare he could possibly glare at this petty minion for daring to interrupt his media event with such trivialities. There go those pesky Republicans, again, reading the bills they’re supposed to be voting on!
He's Not Lying - He's Just Full of Crap and Completely Misleading Congress and the American People
And then, later on, the Obama Administration admitted that, indeed, hospitals would be compensated for illegals.
Today, for the first time as far as we know, the administration is backing a provision that would require proof of citizenship before someone could enroll in a plan selected on the exchange.
Here, the administration also concedes that hospitals would be compensated with public funds for the care of undocumented immigrants.
Despite the fact that Hussein Obama did indeed mislead Congress on this bill in the middle of his speech (didn’t the Donks go nuts over their belief that Bush did something similar, except that he didn’t?), and despite the fact that Republican Presidents have been disrupted during much more important speeches, like the State of the Union in 2005 – and again in 2006 by none other than Barack Hussein Obama, this type of behavior that’s so acceptable on the left must not be countenanced from members of the right wing of political thought! Ridicule the thought (Rule 5 of Alinski’s Rules for Radicals)! Make it seem more fearful and extreme than it really is (Rule 9)! Punish those that express such thoughts (Rule 8)! Ultimately, silence those who dare to express those thoughts in direct opposition and open forum (Rule 11)!
And so, the United States House is going to spend your tax dollars and time constructing a fitting punishment for a House Member who uttered 2 words – that were provably true – at an elected employee of the American people who was in the process of lying to both Houses of Congress (also employees of the American People) and the American People.
I dunno… last time I checked the US Constitution, the US Congress could make no law abridging the freedom of speech. I guess penalizing one of its members for not apologizing for telling a liar that he was lying isn’t covered. Not sure where the footnote is, but it’s got to be in there! Democrats would NEVER treat the constitution with such insignificance!
Seriously… OK, Joe’s comments were a bit of a breech of decorum, but so what? The illusion that the US House is a stately institution is a load of crap, as the history of this stated body is filled with members who not only dare to boo the self-appointed Moonbat Messiah, but who get into fistfights on the House floor. In fact, let’s take a moment to relive some of the best moments of decorum in the US House:
1798: Roger Griswold vs. Matthew Lyon. Lyon accuses Griswold and other Federalists of being corrupt. Gris calls Lyon a coward. Lyon spits on Gris. House doesn’t do anything. 2 weeks later, Griswold walks up to Lyon and starts whacking him upside the head with a cane. Lyon defends himself with a set of fireplace tongs. Nothing happens.
1832: William Stanbery vs. Gov. Sam Houston. Former Tennessee Governor and later Republic of Texas President Sam Houston visited Washington to expose corruption in the government’s treatment of the Cherokee. Stanbery didn’t appreciate this, accusing Houston of corruption. Houston, after trying to get a response via letter, confronted Stanbery on the street and whacked him with his cane. Stanbery pulled a gun on Houston, aimed at his chest, and pulled the trigger… getting nothing. The gun misfired, and the House responded by ordering Houston arrested for corruption. Eventually, Stanbery was censured, not for trying to kill a corruption-exposing governor, but for accusing the Speaker of the House of having Presidential aspirations.
This is How We Get Things Done in the US House
1856: Sen. Charles Sumner vs. Preston Brooks vs. Anson Burlingame. Senator Charles Sumner makes fun of Senator Andrew Butler in a speech against slavery, mocking his speech patters – gained when Butler had suffered a stroke earlier – and accusing him of taking on a “harlot” named “slavery”. Rep. Preston Brooks heard about it and went over with a couple of friends, including one Rep. Laurence Keitt, to the floor of the Senate, where Brooks proceeded to beat Sumner into a bloody mess, ripping his desk out of the floor in order to get at him, only stopping when the cane he was using to beat him with finally broke. Keitt spent the time holding off Senate members who wanted to help Sumner. Keitt was censured and Brooks survived an expulsion vote, although he resigned later. Later on, Brooks was called a coward by Rep. Anson Burlingame, and Brooks challenged him to a duel. Burlingame accepted and suggested rifles on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls (to avoid American anti-dueling laws). Brooks chickened out. And Sumner? Spent quite a few years in recovery after nearly dying from his wounds.
1860: 2 Dozen House Member Melee! Speaking of Laurence Keitt, during a late-night debate on admitting Kansas, the intoxicated pro-slavery Representative didn’t appreciate Rep. Galusha Grow’s comments on slavery, and called him a “black puppy”. Grow called Keitt a slave driver, and that, apparently, was the key phrase that sent Keitt into “let’s choke him until he stops twitching” mode. And that, apparently, is all it took to send the US House into whoopass mode. 2 dozen House members beat on each other in a brawl that only ended when Rep. Cadwallader Washington (R-IL) missed a punch thrown at Rep. William Barksdale (D-MS), upending Barksdale’s wig. Barksdale tried to replace the wig, but put it on backwards, sending his opponent – and the rest of the House – into a laughing fit. No action was taken against anyone.
Ahh… but such behavior is certainly above the Congressmen of today… right?
2006: Rep. John Murtha vs. The United States Marine Corps. In the middle of a war, Murtha accuses US Marines of murdering Iraqis when said Marines are accused of murdering Iraqis. Marines are arrested, tried, and every single last one is found innocent. Nothing happens. To this day, Murtha has not apologized.
2007: Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. vs. Rep. Lee Terry. In a “discussion” over SCHIP debate rules that the Democrat majority changed in the middle of the night, Terry told the Democrat Congressman to “shut up”. This sent Jesse “I’m Not Trading on My Dad’s Name” Jackson, Jr. into a profanity-soaked tirade that ended with an invitation to settle the matter outside. While they decided not to go into whoopass mode, it still didn’t keep supporters of the Democrat Congressman from showing up at Terry’s office to threaten him in the name of the Party of Peace and Love. No action was taken against either Congressman.
Keep that in mind, kids… It’s OK for Congressmen to threaten fistfights, or to actually have them on the floor of either House of Congress. You could even send another member of Congress into long-term therapy. But whatever you do: thou shalt NOT question THE ONE.
That’s just wrong.
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