Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina is the face of the modern day Republican Party. It isn't enough to send outsiders into a Town Hall meeting for heckling purposes at Democratic members of the House of Representatives. This dyed-in-the-wool Republican wanted his fame spread far and wide. A sitting member of Congress during an address by the President of the United States to a Joint Session of Congress calls the president a liar. What he did was open his mouth and show his ass - as well as his true colors and those of most Republicans. They are uncivil and they are embarassing.
Kudos to Senator John McCain immediately following the speech calling for an apology. And, a short time later the punked-up "I got you Obama" Wilson called the White House and apologized to Rahm Emanuel. That isn't enough. He made the outburst on national television. He needs to make the apology on national television, maybe on the Sunday morning talk shows. He needs some face time - he needs to counter his fifteen seconds of fame with sixteen seconds of humility. John Boehner and Mitch McConnell should be at his side showing some remorse, if that is possible. And Republicans in every level of government, from county courthouses and city halls, to state legislature, state capitals, as well members of the United State House and Senate, owe the people of the United States an apology for one of their own.
The modern day Republican Party, as demonstrated by Congressman Joe Wilson, is a band of thugs, haters, bullies, and gun-toters who can't accept that a black man sits in the White House. I believe their ultimate aim is unfortunately sinister. And I believe they must be stopped before they go too far.
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