Friday, October 2, 2009

Congressman Alan Grayson and His Incivility

I find it ironic and sadly amusing how many of my left-leaning friends are disgusted with the lack of civility being shown in political discourse lately... but only when it occurs on the Republican side of the aisle. Sadly that same standard doesn't seem to be applied to Democrats.

When Congressman Joe Wilson rudely spoke up during President Obama's speech to congress and shouted out, "You lie!" at him (Wilson has since been proven correct in that statement by the way) everyone was understandably unhappy with Congressman Wilson. That was not the venue to make such a statement, regardless of the veracity of it, and the fact that Obama's previous comments leading up to that outburst were confrontational and belligerent towards the right.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, AND the Republican minority leadership, immediately insisted that Congressman Wilson apologize to President Obama. He did so. Speaker Pelosi then insisted that Wilson apologize to his fellow representatives in the House. He rightly refused to do this since the offense was not aimed at them.

Now Congressman Grayson has the temerity to say that the Republicans want the sick to die with their health plan. This is very bad form and hardly civil to say the least. The Republicans do have a plan (see www.gop.gov/solutions/healthcare) that is far better than the Obamacare mess being proposed in the House. It actually will reduce costs for many millions of Americans WITHOUT having to socialize one sixth of our economy to do it.

Grayson, when challenged about his rude and untrue comments, said that the Republicans are "knuckle-dragging neanderthals".

A request was made to Speaker Pelosi to call Grayson on the carpet and have him offer an apology. She said no. So while previously Nancy Pelosi was nearly in tears because of Republican incivility, evidently it is just politics as usual when it is her "team" that commits the error.

I sure am glad that Pelosi was going to restore civility and clean up the House of Representatives during her tenure as Speaker. Seeing as how THAT is not going to happen, perhaps it is time for a new Speaker of the House to be elected in 2010. Even if the Democrats win the house again in 2010 they should seriously consider removing this far left hypocritical woman and replacing her with someone a little more… honest.

6 comments:

J. Marquis said...

Yeah, one Democrat is uncivil. Boo hoo. Cry me a river.

Annie said...

So, I geuss Roberts Rules of Order only apply to Reps...Interesting. I wonder if anyone still reads this book?

Annie said...

oops, typo...

Dave Splash said...

Greyson's defense is truth. What he said is true. The Republicans have no plan, and are therefore, agents of the status quo. Upwards of 40,000 people die per year due either to not having health insurance, or from having their claims denied. So, the Republican plan is for people to either not get sick, or to die quickly if they do.

Wilson was/is a liar.

T. Paine said...

Splash, do you actually read the postings or just the comments?

Although I HATE defending the Republicans once again, they do in fact have a plan and it contains, ironically, most all of the best parts that I had found from other conservative think tanks. The fact that it doesn't take over the entire industry and socialize it does not make it less of a plan. In fact it makes it a far better one. The link for it was contained within the posting.

Further, Wilson was correct and the facts bear that out. I will give you specifics in a future posting.

Grayson resorted to emotion and lies, as the GOP has an excellent plan, as I have already stated.

Further, Marquis, do you REALLY want me to give you a list of boorish and rude Democrats and their specific statements that prove the fact? That will make for a VERY long posting, but I may just do that to make the point, sir.

T. Paine said...

Annie, I'll admit I don't know this one. What is Robert's Rules of Order?