Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Heckling Is Not Being Racist

"Responding to an audience question at a town hall at his presidential center in Atlanta, [former U.S. President Jimmy] Carter said Tuesday that Wilson's outburst was also rooted in fears of a black president. 'I think it's based on racism," Carter said. 'There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.'" Ummmm, how does Carter know what many people in this country think about the race of our president? Speaking only for myself, I don't care what race our president is, and I know my mother feels the same way.

Is it wrong that I think President Carter needs to keep out of this over played subject? U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, for all any of us know, could be a racist. We don't know what's in his heart and soul. But, just because he called President Barack Obama a liar during his speech to Congress earlier this month, does not make him a racist.

I think Carter has forgotten that we, as Americans, live in a country where we are allowed to question our government and authority, and even to protest. "The Bill of Rights prohibits Congress from making any law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, forbids infringement of "...the right of the people to keep and bear Arms...", and prohibits the federal government from depriving any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law." Granted, Rep. Wilson's timing might not have been smart, but he got his point across. Obviously, Rep. Wilson feels very strongly about the idea of illegal aliens being ineligible for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. Hell, I agree with him...illegal aliens in this country should not get the same rights we have as citizens. If they want to have those rights, then they should work on becoming citizens.

"Republicans characterized the measure as a witch hunt and Wilson, who had already apologized to Obama, insisted he owed the House no apology." If Joe Wilson had been a Democrat calling out a Republican president, then the Democrats would be calling foul. Of course, the two main political parties will bicker over this.

"On Wednesday, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele accused Democrats of using the race issue to shift attention away from the health care plan. 'President Carter is flat out wrong. This isn't about race. It is about policy,' Steele said in a statement." Thank you, for being the voice of reason!

2 comments:

  1. South Carolina has a long list of dignitaries that includes Lauren Caitlin Upton (Miss Teen USA 2007 pageant contestant), Board of Education Chair, Kristin Maguire, Governor (and avid Appalachian hiker), Mark Sanford and now Joe “the hater not a debater” Wilson or the “screamer not the dreamer” as others have dubbed him. I did enjoy him cut and running through his apology, which only goes to show that he stands for nothing. He is just another good old boy where in the morning these married men preach to you that there should be prayer in our schools and in the evening they are on their cell phones setting up a date with their other women on the side, hypocrisy has been bred in. I am not surprised that he felt compel to yell like he was at some Friday night game. So long Joey, you too will be seeing the unemployment lines.

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  2. As weird as this sounds, it makes me wonder if Joe Wilson is going to end up being the Republican Boy Wonder or something because of this. "Ah, look at him, he stood up to Obama!"

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