Buffoon in the House
The older we get, the less we ought to claim to know.
Pretending to be the smartest person around is not worth it, for life, sooner or later, makes fools of everyone, those who know everything, those who know nothing, even those who normally keep their mouths shut.
Small wonder Las Vegas is so popular -- it mirrors life, a game of craps under the control of an outside dealer.
We do have wise men and women walking our beautiful, crazy planet. The wisdom and joy of the Dalai Lama comforts me time and again. The works of Stephen Hawking, whom I read over and over again, and still do not comprehend well enough to speak what he means in a conversation, is a great source of strength.
All too often, of course, lowbrow thinkers and shouters rule the day.
Should we condemn Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina, the Republican who yelled that President Barrack Obama was a liar during his healthcare address to Congress and the nation last week?
Is it worth our time to point out that an elected buffoon has offended the nation by shouting down the office of the president in a joint legislative session?
Experience tells us we must on occasion confront the alligator and ram the allegation back down his throat.
Without a doubt, Wilson’s actions were despicable, self-serving, unacceptable. He has apologized to the president, but refuses to do so to the House of Representatives as a whole, the political body shamed by his actions.
Wilson is a true believer type so wrapped up in his own partisan political shuffle and dance that he believes he has all the answers, that we have no need for compromise and consensus opinion on healthcare and immigration issues. He says he felt “provoked” by the president and succumbed to a “town hall moment” that he alone felt.
Wilson should not only stand before the House. He owes the country an apology. He is an elected official, and rules of conduct and decorum are necessary for the American political system to function.
Long ago, when the Vietnam War divided the nation, President Lyndon Baines Johnson was derided and called names worse than a liar on main streets across the country. The streets and town halls of the nation are where people make their voices heard, and other than a loose, self-enforced code of civility that changes with the magnitude of issues, Americans know they can say what they want.
But we do not expect elected officials to call the president a liar in the chambers of the Senate and House. Not only is this bad manners, as Rep. Wilson’s mama apparently forgot to tell him, it is a dumb nut way to run a country.
Rep. Wilson of South Carolina should take his 15 minutes of fame, cease his buffoonery and stop wasting the nation’s time.