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Wilson's unnecessary yellPosted Thursday, September 10, 2009, at 10:58 AM
It's too bad we had to hear a member of Congress shout at the president to prove a point, but maybe America is realizing that angry confrontations aren't going to bring positive change -- no matter which side you take politically.
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) yelled, "You lie" at President Obama after the president said in his speech to Congress that illegal immigrants wouldn't benefit from his health care proposals.
"Obviously, the President of the United States is always welcome on Capitol Hill. He deserves respect and decorum," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor told ABC News.
Wilson has apologized. So let's shift the focus away from Wilson and toward those other Americans who spent their summer disrupting Democrats' town meetings and joining the usual hate-filled talk radio rants.
Being upset with proposals which would affect health care availability and costs is understandable. But yelling threats or insults often has the opposite effect from what the ranter desires. Wilson proved it last night.
It's time for Republicans and Democrats to stop posturing and get on toward needed health care reform based on what's best for the people, not for individual contributors, special interest groups, stockholders or political parties. As if that's actually going to happen...
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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