Today Congressional Democrats took the day off from the problems facing our country to engage in politics. They spent the day debating how to slap congressman Joe Wilson for shouting “you lie” at the POTUS, a charge that was true but the timing and venue was inappropriate. Wilson had already apologized to the President, but the Democrats wanted Wilson to apologize to the entire congress on the house floor.
What makes this wasted day even more amazing is that this is the same Democratic Party congress that didn’t have the time to read the Porkulus Bill, never read the full cap and tax bill, and wont promise to read the Obamacare bill, but they have the time to waste a day engaging in political silliness.
The debate sparked an unusually personal debate between House leaders, with Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) calling the resolution a “partisan stunt.” Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) took offense and accused Boehner of misstating his facts.
“I want to tell my friend Mr. Boehner, I don’t participate in partisan stunts, and every member here knows that,” Clyburn said.
“There’s been behavior around here far worse than this that didn’t bring a resolution,” Boehner said.
Which is true, during the 2005 State of the Union Address, the entire Democratic Party booed one of President Bush’s points
As they are prone to do, some of the Democrats in Congress blamed Wilson’s comment on race, which makes no sense, because it was apparent to this observer that Wilson was only booing Obama’s white half:
“That’s why it never happened before,” Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) said. “It happened when this country elected a president of color.”
Johnson suggested that Wilson’s action stoked racial hatred.
“I guess we’ll probably have folks putting on white hoods and white uniforms again and riding through the countryside intimidating people,” Johnson said. “That’s the logical conclusion if this kind of attitude is not rebuked, and Congressman Wilson represents at least the face of it.”
Most white Democrats, however, didn’t see racism behind the remarks, saying the issue was purely a matter of enforcing the rules of behavior in the House. Others said they simply wouldn’t speculate about his motives.
“I don’t think that’s what it’s about,” said Rep. Jason Altmire (D-Pa.).
Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, also demurred, but still nodded to a racial element.
“That’s hard to say; no one knows the hearts and minds of others,” Lee said. “But we also have to confront head on, in a respectful way, all of the issues that have not necessarily been addressed or completed and that has to do in many respects with the issue of race in America that many have not wanted to talk about.”
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is your Democratic Party-run congress, they have time to waste a full day on politics, or on hearings about baseball steroids but no time to read the bills they are about to vote on. This is the Democratic Party hope and change. Strange way of doing business.