So the president gave quite a speech last night, a dandy speech - if truth doesn't matter:
"Now is the season for action," Obama intoned.
In other words, please don't bother me with your inconvenient Congressional Budget Office reports, with your tiresome concerns about ballooning government in an era of exploding debt, with your facts -- yes, the House bill would end up covering abortion -- that I prefer to deny.
Now is the time for all good men to vote with me or get out of the way.
And one man decided to get up and shout that the emperor has no clothes. Actually, what Joe Wilson said was:
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) shouted "You lie!" as Obama claimed his plan wouldn't offer free care to illegal immigrants.
Interesting that the AP called this "The night's defining moment" and claims this will be a "game-changer" for Democrats? Why? Will the 52% of all Americans who oppose Obamacare suddenly agree to allow the government to socialize medicine because one man said what so many have been thinking?
If that's the Democrats best hope, then both the party and the media trying to exploit it are in much worse shape than we were led to believe.
Perhaps Joe's cry of desperation is being used to shield the president from the fact that this was perhaps one of his most mean-spirited, nasty speeched since becoming president. The AP again:
...a speech that included some of Obama's harshest attacks on his GOP critics to date, including a denunciation of "death panel" alarmists as liars — a veiled swipe at Sarah Palin — and a warning to Republicans who want to "kill" reform.
"Well, the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed," he added, to Democratic cheers.
The president's combativeness, coupled with Wilson's behavior, clearly energized Democrats — to the point where few were in a mood to criticize Obama's lack of specifics...
So what we really have here - under the guise of bipartisanship - was nothing more than a rally to unify the Democrats (the biggest stumbling block to heath care reform) and to discredit critics, both public and private citizens, as "bickering game-players".
So much for dissent in the age of Obama...and what happens to those, like Wilson, who speak up?
"Where do his kids go to school?"
Well, Obama's speech achieved what he needed it to - rile up his base into frothing, murderous rage.
Will he be successful in silencing dissent on this nationalization of 1/6th of the nation's economy? Or will the Joe Wilson's of our nation continue to stand up and speak out against the lies and anger that the most divisive president in American history is attempting to sow to support his won radical agenda?
Who knew that Change = Fascism?