Well last night I watched another in a long line of Presidential addresses I've seen during my half century as a US citizen. Yes, I am lucky enough to be an American and a life long registered Republican (shhh....don't tell anybody). As always is the case, the political party not occupying the Presidential seat spent more time on their keisters than the party in power. Ho - Hum... nothing really new there. The Presidents presentation did seem to lack specifics regarding the entire health care plan. Ho - Hum....that's always the case as well. The house is obviously divided. It seems to me that the President did little to resolve that division. Heck, it almost seemed that he scolded the Republican side of the room while playing up the Democratic side of the room. The speech did little but throw a crumb here and there to the Republicans for participation and ideas, while somewhat antagonizing the conservatives in the house in what seemed every few minuets. The side of the room he spoke to seemed to show that intention. Then HE spoke up! HE made perhaps the largest guffaw I have ever seen in a congressional Presidential address. HE must be a real clown I thought to myself. Eject him immediately. That type of thing just can't be tolerated in this setting. What a clown! What was HE thinking???? He's gotta go I thought to myself. Then I researched exactly who HE is.
HE is Joe Wilson, actually Addison Graves Wilson Sr. a 62 year old Congressman from South Carolina serving in that position since 2001. HE has been involved in South Carolina politics since 1962 while, as a teenager he assisted in the campaigns of Congressman Floyd Spence and later Senator Strom Thurmond. In 1972 HE obtained a Juris Doctor degree from University of South Carolina Law School and practiced as a real estate attorney in the practice he founded in South Carolina. HE also served in the US Army Reserve from 1972 to 2003 when HE retired as a Colonel. In 1984 HE began serving as a senator never missing a statutory session in 17yrs. When Floyd Spence died in 2001, Joe ran for his seat and won taking 73% of the vote. HE had to run again for a full term in 2002 and took 84% of the vote. The point is folks, this guy has a back round as good as anyone out there. After reading up on him, despite this major Boo - Boo, I believe he's the kind of guy we want representing the American people. So......the question is....What was HE thinking????
It's my opinion that the furor over control of the presidency, the house and the senate by the Democratic party has over taken the Republican party. Unfortunately, Mr. Wilson, along with many other strong Republican leaders have been sucked into the 'pissing contest', clouding for them the real reason they are in those positions in the first place. That is to serve the people who elected them. Whats going on now is wrong no matter how you look at it. The campaign is over ladies and gentleman. Please, PLEASE get on with the business that you have been elected for before its too late. What the American people need is healthy debate and well intended exchanges of ideas to make our country better. Cat calls from the peanut gallery and solitary heckles of 'you lie' in absolute silence of the chamber ain't getting it done. People, grow up and get to work! Don't ruin all that you've accomplished in your life by being ' that guy '. Get together and make something happen. Bring ideas to improve the bill. I for one, am tired of hearing whats wrong with it. We've elected folks like you to make it right. Just do it!!!
Good luck getting past this one Mr. Wilson. I think you may need it.