A healthy discussion

Those who carry the message have been trying to convince us that the above images are not of hatred but patriotism, that their sentiments are not disturbing but rational and this behavior is not disrespectful but acceptable.

Tonight, by Rep. Joe Wilson calling President Obama a "liar" during his address to Congress, we got to see a very tame example of what happens when hatred is encouraged to run rampant under the guise of political expression.

Rep. Wilson quickly apologized
, at the urging of Sen. John McCain and because -- oh yeah -- Obama wasn't lying. From the statement issued by Wilson:
"I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks."

I'm not too concerned about Wilson. He's got to be feeling incredibly disrespectful at this point and his political fate lies in the hands of his constituency. But someone needs to make it clear that this is not okay. And while Wilson's apology is nice, what happens when emotions get the best of someone with a gun strapped to their ankle?

Update: To send a message that this is unacceptable, donate to Rep. Wilson's opponent Rob Miller. Miller ran against Wilson in 2008 and got 48% of the vote. He has received over $22,000 in donations on ActBlue since the end of tonight's speech. Click here to donate any amount.

1 Response to "A healthy discussion"

  • Trucks on Sticks & Tales from the Road Says:

    I agree with you 100%! I'm constantly amazed at how polarizing the election of Obama has been in our nation! I'm disgusted with the fear tactics and blatant disinformation campaign being perpetrated by "Anti-Obamites". Yesterday I received an unsolicited email about Hb 1388, stating that it is funding to bring Palestinian Hamas Freedom Fighters to the U.S. Nothing could be further from the truth! It was the The Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act...Did anyone in the email chain bother to check their facts before spreading crap? You can't even get to the real bill because everyone is posting this blatant lie...Lemmings! Sorry for the rant.