Rep. Joe Wilson’s Outburst

Well, it finally happened. Jimmy Carter pulled the race card. “I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said in response to an audience question at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”
Obviously not the people who put him (Obama) in power. OK, maybe it was and maybe it wasn’t. Has Wilson ever been connected to the KKK, Neo-Nazi’s, or even been recorded telling an off color joke? Not that I am aware of. Not thrilled with his outburst, but I don’t believe it was racially motivated.
But here is my real concern: Is everybody who criticizes the president for any reason automatically a racist? Bush was criticized, and still is, and nobody said boo about it. It is the right of every American citizen to criticize those in power. We cannot be afraid to do so simply because the current president happens to be black. It is possible some ignorant mutts will do so because of race, but I dearly hope they will be in the vast minority. We simply cannot afford to automatically assume that the president is being challenged because of color and not because of the job he is doing. If we become afraid to call him on his actions then he gets free reign to commit whatever monumental stupidity he feels like. I can’t imagine any president in the last fifty years who should have been allowed to act without public scrutiny and vocal opposition. If the leader of the free world can’t take some criticism, then he is in the wrong line of work!

Wolf Rant

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6 Responses to “Rep. Joe Wilson’s Outburst”

  1. Paul Says:

    Some call Joe Wilson a great statesman, and are even proud of his “Shout Out”, so lets see, he says, he was told by the Republican leadership to apologize (he did not realize the magnitude of his mistake), he then gives his weak “not for reals” apology, but then goes on to those “Commentator Talk Shows” and basically says he real was not wrong and plays the victim card and calls for people to send in for money to support him for re-election. Had he kept quiet after his apology, that might have been the end of it but now that people know he lied about the apology the story will continue, until he is out of a job and the funny thing is, he does not see it coming. This summer has been rough for his beleaguered political party. At least he did not end up on the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC). In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”. The birthers, the tea baggers, the screamers, and the deathers continued extreme minority presence will become tiresome to mainstream America, if it has not already done so.

  2. wulfmann Says:

    Not where I was going with this rant, but hey, I haven’t blocked a comment yet, so why start now?

  3. Sparrowhawk Says:

    We’ve been facing the same thing in Germany for a couple of years. It has many names over here… “political correctness”, “anti-racism” oder “tolerance.” And, what strikes me, is the fact that it comes from the left side, just like those criticising communism are called “Neo-Nazis” by thos that are criticised. Over here in Germany.

    Of course, this has nothing to do with “tolerance” and the like, for if a head of government is doing a bad job, (s)he must be criticized, no matter about the color, religion or gender of the head of government. This has nothing to do with any -ism whatsover, but only criticism.

    But in Germany, a struggle for power is brewing. The power over how to interpret things and how to name things (and, like Confuzius said, “to control a people means to control its language.”) The inflationary use of “-isms” such as racism, sexism etc. it the attempt to silence any opposition, for who wants to be (called) a Nazi or a racist ? What is also striking is that those “-ism” users are mostly the worst sexists, racists and anti-semitists (you are called an anti-semitist if you dare criticise Israeli policy and politics), and that they are what is called “left” over here.

  4. wulfmann Says:

    I don’t know weather to be happy that the US isn’t alone in this, or sad that this sort of ignorance spread throughout the world. I’ll go with sad. Just to be clear, I do not applaud Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst. There is a time and place for such things, and while the president is making a speach is not one of them, at least not for a member of the government. He should apologize for the outburst, not his feelings on the matter. But he should not be accused of racism, either.

  5. Brother Says:

    is that bad which America is a place all dreams are coming trough and happening one day? when i heard president Obama had elected for the job i said:” now Abraham Lincoln is the happiest soul in the heaven!” actually Ex president G.W.Bush Jr. really put America’s free world leader reputation in harms way but election of an African-American Said to be once a Musilm for presidency brought back the hope. after that i always have something to say, to answer those hot headed anti Imperialism people who dare to insult the American way of life in front of me. and that is “At least there, a mulatto can become a president and he is grown up enough to not order his army kill everybody on street if one shout out “Niger!” to him. not like our so called president “Ahmadynejad”!”

    • wulfmann Says:

      I should point out that this last comment came from a native of a Muslim country. I won’t edit the comment to delete the N-bomb as it is said in support of the president and not an attack on African-Americans. I won’t identify the individual as it could put that person in jeopardy. I always allow honest commentary here and support the right of people to speak their minds, even if they are in contradiction to my own views…which this one is not.

      Salute!

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