…what he said. I was going to write about how Rep. Joe Wilson, who during last night’s presidential address shouted “You lie!”, shouldn’t be criticized for being rude or uncivil. After all, if Obama had advocated sending left-handed people to gas chambers, I hope someone would have the courage to shout him down. But then I read Thers’ “I Think You’re an Asshole, And I Will Defend to the Death Your Right to Act Like an Asshole, But You’re Still an Asshole, Asshole” and realized he already said what needed to be said:
…I honestly do not think anyone from the Bush administration should be able to speak in public without being pelted with garbage, because I quite sincerely believe that they all told lies that ended up killing lots of people. Because, you know, they did.
Truth is a higher value than civility….
Let’s play Moron’s Advocate. Hey, maybe you sincerely believe that a hypothetical clause in a hypothetical bill might hypothetically lead to what would even hypothetically be a functionally negligible amount of non-citizens getting healthcare on the public dime, as opposed to just dying on the public dime in the system that currently obtains. And maybe you sincerely believe this sort of paranoid race-baiting horseshit is worth not taking action to reform the worst healthcare system in the developed world. Fair enough!
So go ahead, golf clap for this Wilson fellow. He stood up for his embarrassing dickhead crazy asshole beliefs, and now is getting his Reward….
The point is, Wilson is a piece of shit; that he is a rude piece of shit, is not very important….
In my lifetime we have not had a sensible public discourse. We have however had a lot of shit about “civility.” Maybe we should stop the sniveling about how something is said, and pay more attention to whether or not it’s plausible in terms of reality?
I blame it on scientists with poor communications skills.