September 10, 2009

Addison Graves Wilson made headlines Wednesday night. In an extraordinary breach of congressional decorum, the Republican lawmaker shouted "You lie" at President Barack Obama during his speech to Congress Wednesday.

Wilson, is none other than Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina whose district comprises parts of Columbia and stretches to the resort towns of Hilton Head and Beaufort. The incident came directly after Obama said, "There are also those who claim that our reform effort will insure illegal immigrants. This, too, is false. The reforms I'm proposing would not apply to those who are here illegally."

His exclamation was heard not by those within that hallowed chamber, but by over 30 million Americans viewing from their homes on television.

So as not to be accused of taking things out of context, I have provided a brief snippet of the president's speech.  Rep. Wilson's outcry occurs 1:23 into the clip:

Shortly after he yelled "You lie!" at the President, Wilson issued the following statement.

This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.

The Statement wasn't enough. Miller was roundly condemned by his fellow lawmakers, his personal House web site had crashed by Monday morning due to a flood of attention, and most importantly, ActBlue, a liberal organization, claimed it has raised $96,000 for Rob Miller, a Democrat who is running against Wilson in the mid-term elections. From their site:

Rob Miller is running against Republican Joe Wilson. Who's that? He's the guy who yelled "you lie" at Obama on international TV.

Some fans tried to offer their support. A Facebook group titled "Barack IS a liar! Rock On Rep. Joe Wilson!" accumulated 85 members by Thursday morning.

Now to set the record straight, the President didn't lie, but then again, he merely committed what I call the sin of omission. The President's proposal does not call for coverage of illegals in this country.  However, it would not allow health care providers, doctors and hospitals the right to ascertain a person's citizenry status, nor can any information pertaining to residential or immigration status be required.

My daughter-in-law could have just slipped into the country, started working on a landscaping crew, fell and broke her leg and, not speaking but a few words of broken English, could be covered because no one, in the government or health care industry, could inquire about her status!  My daughter-in-law, by the way is from Ecuador, works as a LPN and is finishing her Bachelor's in Nursing and is a resident, getting ready to raise her hand as a US citizen.

So technically, the President wasn't lying about his bill, but equally right was the Congressman's ascertain that the end result of the proposal would allow illegals to have free health care coverage.  We call this the end-around, the "Washington Two-Step" or, if you will, the "Chicago Way."

Was it merely frustration?  Or could it have been an expression in behalf of millions of Americans concerning the government's increasing intrusion into our wallets and our personal lives?  I personally believe that Rep. Wilson merely expressed the rage of his constituents, many of whom are convinced that the President wants to extend a permanent amnesty to immediate citizenship to illegals.  If not that, he merely wants to "look the other way" as health care is passed out like candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween - all at taxpayers expense!  After all, illegals are potential voters and the party that gives them free stuff and pardons for their transgressions will get their votes!  (Sounds of Saul Alinsky)!

Gone are the days when one could tell a Hispanic in the country (temporarily or permanently) "learn the language, speak English." Now, everything from menus in restaurants to traffic signs are printed bilingually.  We have accommodated, hired, paid for, and cajoled illegals to the extent that school board are forceing our children to learn Spanish in order to get a diploma from High School.  We are no longer a country of aliens from many countries who are united by a common language (English) a common law (the U. S. Constitution) and a common proclamation (Declaration of Independence).  We are on the verge of becoming the polyglot of socialism and the incarcerated of Communism.

Despite the lack of decorum and the display of disrespect for the President, I can understand Rep. Wilson's outburst because he expresses my thoughts concerning the slow demise of the United States.

We believe that the Constitution of the United States speaks for itself. There is no need to rewrite, change or reinterpret it to suit the fancies of special interest groups or protected classes.