Republican Congressman Joe Wilson’s half-assed apology for yelling “You lie!” during the president’s speech is a glaring example of Washington D.C.’s lack of political backbone.
Political correctness includes the word “political” for a reason.
Plenty of congressmen could be heard murmuring and raising their voices prior to Wilson’s outburst, he just happened to say it while nobody was else was talking, and Barack Obama just happened to acknowledge him.
Listen to Obama’s speech. He called people liars right and left, including the politicians he was addressing. He said “bogus claims” by “prominent politicians” were “lies plain and simple.” It was only a few moments later when Wilson hollered, “You lie!”
If Wilson thinks Obama is a liar, he should be applauded for saying so in a public venue. Maybe that wasn’t the right time or place, but he certainly got his point across. If his constituents don’t like his point, they can get rid of him. But at least he’s got a point.
Politicians are supposed to fight for what they think is right. And since pistols and duels are no longer proper behavior, words are the accessible weapon of choice. Wilson wielded his well.