Did anyone watch the President's address?
What did you think of Joe Wilson's hot headed outburst about the health reform plan not covering illegal immigrants?
If you didn't see it, he yelled something like, "LIE! YOU LIE!"
This pissed me off on many levels.
1) It was distasteful and disrespectful. That kind of behavior goes on at town hall meetings all over America but had no place in that venue.
2) It showed ignorance. I have read the health reform bill and while I agree with it, I can see where a few areas might cause concern. This is not one of them. This area, in particular, is crystal clear and without any murkiness at all. In fact, a bipartisan fact checking agency came to this conclusion too. That kind of ignorance bugs the hell out of me. I have no problem with people exercising their right of free speech, their right to disagree. I DO have problems with people who spout off about health care reform and how it is such a bad idea....but have not read the proposal.
FOR CHRIST SAKE....at least READ it before you start spouting off. And don't give me this shit about how it is too long. It is not. I read it and it didn't take me all day. I have had to sit through more dinners with my brother in law, listening to him trounce this thing and then repeat Palin speak to me. But, when I ask a simple question:
Have you read it?
Well, no. But, he has HEARD about it.
I watch the CNN coverage of these town hall meetings with these red faced screamers (and c'mon....WHY must they scream?) and I am reminded of the screamers who had such problems with black kids going to a white high school. You know...you get so much more respect when you stand up straight and tall and clearly state your opinion. Screaming just makes you look like the village idiot.
I have no problems with those who disagree. And I would be happy to debate you if you have READ the proposal and can speak your opinion without screaming like a screech owl about death squads pulling plugs on the elderly or having to wait for an appendectomy for so long that you die.
Joe Wilson came across as a red faced buffoon.
What do you think? And please, all opinions are welcome here as long as they are respectful and not in caps. There is room at the table for all of us.