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Punish Joe Wilson Or The KKK Shall Ride Again!

You would think the Democrats would learn, but that seems to be something to which they’re immune. I’ve come to believe that overreaching is in their DNA.

As you know, they’ve tried everything they know to do to capitalize on the fact that Joe Wilson yelled “you lie” at Barack Obama during his speech before Congress last week. It was inappropriate. Everyone agrees. Wilson said so in his apology to President Obama. President Obama graciously accepted his apology.

End of story?

Of course not. The 5th graders who inhabit our Congress (and that’s true of both sides, but in this case it is decidedly about the Democrats) have decided that isn’t enough. So they’re now embroiled in a fight to pass a “resolution of disapproval” in the House because Wilson is of the opinion the apology he issued immediately after the event to the president was sufficient and he’s not about to repeat it on the floor of the House.

Not good enough, the Dems say. And to add fuel to the fire, we get this dopey statement from Georgia’s own Hank Johnson, who I once thought was a fairly sane replacement for Cynthia McKinney:

Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst last week is drawing new recriminations from his colleagues, with a member of the Congressional Black Caucus suggesting that a failure to rebuke Wilson is tantamount to supporting the most blatant form of organized racism in American history.

In an obvious reference to the KKK, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Tuesday that people will put on “white hoods and ride through the countryside” if emerging racist attitudes, which he says were subtly supported by Wilson, are not rebuked. He said Wilson must be disciplined as an example.

Ride through the countryside with white hoods? Good lord. The race card is again played – and badly.

Maybe it’s the water in the district, but he’s sounds as batty as McKinney right now. “White hoods” indeed.



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33 Responses to Punish Joe Wilson Or The KKK Shall Ride Again!

  • I wonder when the House Democrats are going to get around to rebuking Charlie Rangel for tax evasion?

    Oh wait, that’s different.

  • The liberals are about to see their beloved “post-racial society” crash and burn. As The Clown’s™ job approval ratings continue to drift downward, as the economy continues to get worse, as unemployment goes up, as the deficit goes up, as the number of casualties in Afghanistan goes up, more and more people will turn on The Clown™. And the more they turn on him, the more that the deluded liberals will bark out complete crappola tying opposition to him as being racist.

    In 2012, when polls show that The Clown™ will go down to ignominious defeat, blacks will label each person who does not intend to vote for him as a racist. And people do not like to be called racists, even if they are. So the liberals will do more damage to The Clown™ and to themselves. It will become apparent in years to come that hitching their wagon to The Clown™ was the stupidest move they ever made next to hitching it next to Bill Clinton, who caused them to lose control of Congress 12 years. The next time, it will be 20…or more.

  • I really hate politics like this, but in this case, I hope they spend a tremendous amount of time on this so that they are distracted from all the other more destructive things they want to do.

  • It’s clear “You lie” is one of the ‘code words’ or in this case ‘code phrases’ used to incite racism and rally the clan (the code phrase for which is ‘clan bake’)

    You remember McCain and his racist code words and phrases, right?

    All the same. And by God, if someone doesn’t stop Joe Wilson NOW there will be clan rallies across the south! I’m tellin ya! It’s a slippery slope! It is! And by God, censuring Joe Wilson will stop these people DEAD in their racist tracks!

    • You are absolutely right. I am ashamed to say I live in SC but I am not from here.

      • Nancy, I was being sarcastic.
        Racists are not likely to stop being racists just because the House censures Joe Wilson for calling Barack Obama a liar on Capitol Hill.
        Nor is it likely that if they do not the Clan is somehow going to rise up again and start acting out their fantasies of white supremacy (a collection of anal orifices, one and all).

        Nor is there any particular reason for me to think strictly based on Wilson’s comment that he’s a racist. I’ve said for months that the President is either a liar, or he’s stupid, based on some of the things he’s claimed. And for the record, I don’t believe he’s stupid.

        This is a meaningless move to grandstand. Wilson was impolite to have called him a liar (even if it’s true, a little respect for the office is due and that was not the venue for shouting it out), just as I feel it was impolite for the Democrats to BOO during Bush’s state of the Union address a couple of years ago. But it’s a matter of decorum. It has NOTHING to do with racism. Liars or good people, come in every color, creed and ethnicity.

        I don’t know a thing about you, but whatever color you may be, if I disagree with you or if I think you are lying, it doesn’t have to have anything to do with the amount of melanin you may or may not have in your skin.

  • Did Sen. Byrd (D- Grand Wizrd) have any comment?

  • Heh – they’ll pass this because basically Republicans can’t stop them from passing anything they want.

    Then they’ll go back to talking about how the Republicans are blocking healthcare.

  • This could become a self-fulfilling prophecy:

    White Americans, sick of being branded as racists by a handful of liberal black Americans every time they turn around, will BECOME racist.

    Many reasonable people who were not enchanted by Wilson’s outburst will be even less enchanted by these efforts to pillory him. “Let the punishment fit the crime” is a tenant held by most Americans, and officially censoring Joe Wilson after he apologized is excessive, gratutious, and obviously partisan punishment. It rankles even more when one considers the statements made by democrats about President Bush over the past several years or about the tea parties in the past several weeks. It REALLY rankles when one considers that Charlie Rangle has not only escaped censure, but even investigation in the wake of his allegedly ILLEGAL acts.

    The dems seem determined to further balkanize our country.

    • docjim-

      You may be more right than you know. They seem to WANT to antagonize someone into making a stupid racial move so they can use it to demonize and destroy opposition.

      • There goal is power. Every crisis (real or manufactured) is an opportunity to gain power, or exploit their power.

        They don’t have any interest in solving anything, they just want the power for powers sake.

      • I think you’ve got a point. Consider how they champed at the bit over those fools who packed heat in AZ (IIRC) a month or so ago while TAO was there. MiniTru was CERTAIN that it was white racism and laughably attempted to push that meme even though the guy with the AR was black.

        But will people bite? Let’s say for the sake of argument that some white thug commits a heinous act that is clearly, unequivocally motivated by racism and especially racial hatred of TAO. Will the majority of white people in the country hang their heads in shame and go along with TAO and the dems as a sort of mass atonement, or will they want the guilty party ALONE punished and not feel any guilt for it themselves? I’m guessing the latter.*

        This is the problem that the libs have in pushing the America-is-a-racist-country meme: our country ISN’T racist. Oh, there are certainly racists in it, but this isn’t 1964 anymore. People resent being called a bigot when they know that they aren’t, ESPECIALLY when the accuser has a political motive for tarring them.

        I suspect that this will be the motive for a backlash in Joe Wilson’s district that will see him reelected with a handy majority: the people of So. Carolina will not be too impressed with bunch of liberal democrats raking one of their congressmen over the coals while hypocritically ignoring similar acts by democrats.


        (*) cf. OKC bombing: libs have tried for years to tie that horror to conservatives, as if McVeigh and Nichols in any way represented the rank and file of the conservative movement. It didn’t work as conservatives knew their own hearts and understood that they had nothing in common with such murderous scum, and were among the loudest voices calling for a vigorous prosecution and severe punishment.

  • In reality, let them waste time doing it.
    It has no real meaning. It’s the equivalent of being told to stand in the corner.
    If Wilson’s constituents want him back in office, they’ll send him back, the censure will mean less than the outburst.
    He’s already a footnote in history, this would just make the footnote bigger.
    Meanwhile they’re NOT doing something truly destructive with their time.

  • Let me see if I have this straight…

    “with a member of the Congressional Black Caucus suggesting that a failure to rebuke Wilson is tantamount to supporting the most blatant form of organized racism in American history.

    In an obvious reference to the KKK, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga….,”

    That’s the what caucus again??? Oh, I get it. Nothing to see here. Move along.

  • Are there hallucinogens in that district’s water? First McKinney, now Johnson – where’s the EPA on this?

  • Thanks to William Teach.

    These are the Republican [omitted] who voted with the dems:

    Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2]
    Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8]
    Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]
    Rep. Bob Inglis [R, SC-4]
    Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
    Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6]
    Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46]

    I’m really shocked that Flake and Rohrabacher are on the list.

    • Flake is in a secure Republican district (his last two elections he ran virtually unopposed), but his office will surely hear from me tomorrow.

  • Wow. My opinion of Jeff Flake just dropped significantly.

  • These sound like the same seven imbecilic Republicans who voted for the Crap & Trade bill some months ago. Mark Kirk, Republican of Illinois, who is running for Obama’s Senate seat, was one of those wusses.

    We should send a message to these seven morons: no more money for you. I am drafting a letter tonight to the RNC, saying that there is not a statement withholding all party funds from these azzlickers, I will cancel my party membership and re-register as an Independent.

    And I meant this.

    Contact Michael Steele and name the seven above-mentioned idiots. Say that you want them cut off from any further party funding, or by God they will lose their most committed membership.

    • Here is the letter I sent to the GOP tonight:

      I have voted Republican since I could first vote in 1986. I worked on the campaign of President George H.W. Bush in 1988 in Florida. I have been a member of the RNC for many years.

      Tonight, however, I am at a crossroads. Seven Republicans voted with Democrats in a partisan witch-hunt against Rep. Joe Wilson. These seven are:

      Rep. Anh Cao [R, LA-2]
      Rep. Jo Ann Emerson [R, MO-8]
      Rep. Jeff Flake [R, AZ-6]
      Rep. Bob Inglis [R, SC-4]
      Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
      Rep. Thomas Petri [R, WI-6]
      Rep. Dana Rohrabacher [R, CA-46]

      I want it to be known that I will no longer work for the betterment of the party, and I will resign my party membership and re-register as an Independent if Chairman Michael Steele does not issue a statement that these seven members are now cut off from all party funding. I am giving Chairman Steele until 1 October 2009 to make this statement; if he does not, I will end my 23 year relationship with the GOP and become an Independent.

      These seven members must be taught that when Democrats wish to bash the party and sanction witch-hunts, they may go along with it, but at their political peril. Chairman Steele can show if he is a party chairman, or a party wuss. The choice is his – however, if he wishes to be the latter rather than the former, he will lose many GOP stalwarts, as well as their support and their money.

      I wish to get a personal reply, if possible from Chairman Steele, on this highly important matter. If no one cares, you will send me a form letter via e-mail.


      James Marsden


        Statement by Congressman Jeff Flake on Resolution Regarding Congressman Joe Wilson

        Washington, D.C., Sep 15 – Republican Congressman Jeff Flake, who represents Arizona’s Sixth District, today released the following statement regarding his vote in favor of a resolution disapproving of Congressman Joe Wilson’s actions during the presidential address, which broke the House of Representatives’ rules of decorum.

        “Congressman Wilson is a good man, and I have confidence that his apology to President Obama was sincere,” said Flake. “However, his actions violated the rules of decorum of the House of Representatives.”

        “While the tenor of political debate seems to get more disrespectful every year, the floor of the House of Representatives has always provided a welcome respite. Even the fiercest political opponents refer to each other as ‘gentleman’ and afford one another civility and respect. We need to uphold that tradition.”

        “Despite my suspicion that this resolution was driven as much by partisan politics as upholding precedent, I believe that it’s important to maintain the rules of decorum in the House and I supported its passage.”

        Having been in the House for eight years now, has he ever been concerned about decorum during previous Dem screech fests?

        Correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Obeyme infer, if not directly claim, that his opponents were liars?

  • I can’t wait until they ammend McCain-Feingold to enhance penalties for political speech motivated by hate.

  • The Democrats are having their “Terri Schiavo” moment.

    In the middle of what they have been calling the “moral imperative” to reform healthcare, they still find time to bring in “the circus“.
    All that’s left is to throw the Christians to the lions.

  • Ask Pete Stark (D) about calling a sitting president a liar…

  • The first thought that comes to mind in this latest hyped-up race flap, is that a menagerie of instructed pundits are looking for vindication of their (literally) bankrupted ideology. They are the equivalent of the three guys from the movie, Major League, sitting in the empty center field bleachers, all dressed up, doing the wave, and then bitterly complaining to each other about the quality of the homerun the opposition has just smacked over their heads.

    It’s blatantly obvious they can’t compete in an arena that requires real workable solutions and when confronted with that reality they quickly return to their natural state on the rung of the ladder to which they belong, with the other monkeys, hurling their shit at anyone who won’t let them have their way.

  • In a way, this is good to a degree. The accusation has been far to powerful relative to the standard of proof required. Its essentially viewed as “guilty until proven innocent. And since we can’t read your mind, we’ll stick with guilty.”

    That accusation needs to be ‘depowered’. Its unfortunate for the situations where it is true and swift and quick remedy is nice. But when something is abused, it will eventually go away as it should.

    • … And the Democrat’s blatant abuse of the accusation had done more to depower the accusation in the past 2 months than anything that’s gone on before.

  • A rebuke from the House? Can I have one? I admit I hold them in contempt. The feeling is mutual.

    I’d frame it.

  • In an obvious reference to the KKK, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Tuesday that people will put on “white hoods and ride through the countryside”

    What? Don’t be ridiculous…

    I don’t even own a horse…

  • It’s deja vu all over again, echos of Eric Hoffer’s: “The True Believers”

    The Left’s religion has metastasized into psychosis.

    All that is remains to say to the looney left is: “See, your mom told you what would happen if you took that stuff”