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1, Sep 15, 2009

A Severe Breach of Decorum and the Harshness of American Politics

Filed under: Politics — admin @ 12:57 am

South Carolina Republican Rep. Joe Wilson erupted “You lie!” while president Obama talked about illegal immigrants and his health care plan. The president paused a second after this angry outburst.

After the session, Joe Wilson was soundly condemned for the breach of decorum by members of Congress from both Republican and Democratic parties. John McCain called it, “Totally disrespectful. No place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.”

I am sure the dire consequence, the unpleasant talks, and regret will follow him for the rest of his life.

You might see it as a mere lack of civility among some of the politicians. I think this expression must be echoed by some others present but they choose some more gentle and indirect expressions.

The incident again testifies how easily a political debate can turn sour and ugly, resulting in people doing something they will regret, just like Obama calling the police action stupid. It is so important to possess a quality of self-constraint and ability to resists the temptation of any vulgarities and incivilities in politic life.

P.S. just learned today that the House formally rebuked Republican Rep. Joe Wilson Tuesday for shouting “You lie” at President Barack Obama during last week’s nationally televised speech to Congress and Democrats insisted that Wilson had violated basic rules of decorum and civility in his outburst. The dust won’t settle easily.

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