South Carolina’s history is rooted in the American Revolution.
Back then, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence from the British Crown. According to Wikipedia, Carolina (Carolus is Latin for Charles) is named after King Charles the First.
South Carolina was the first state to vote to secede from the Union and was a founding state of the Confederate States of America.
This year, two of the State’s lawmakers made history too. South Carolina’s governor, Mark Sanford, is embroiled in an adultery scandal after holding himself up as a paragon of virtue.
Now, last night (Sept. 09, 2009) five-term U.S. congressman Joe Wilson shouted “You lie” to the President of the United States, while Mr. Obama was addressing a joint session of Congress…that was televised!
Republicans have been spouting so much hateful anti-Obama rhetoric since the election, that the venom has taken hold.
Obama is a Muslim! He’s a Liberal! He’s a Socialist! He’s a Nazi! He’s a racist who hates white people! He’s a liar! What next? How long before they start to (publicly) use the N-word?
Republicans have been deliberately fomenting an escalation of hate and sowing anarchy; a desire to cultivate failure that is beginning to coil back and attack them.
However, today – they’re expressing outrage that the pot is bubbling up… after stoking a fire under it!
California Republican, Representative Jerry Lewis: Anybody who would cat-call the president of the United States addressing this body is very, very inappropriate, and he will hear from a lot of us about that.
Arizona Republican, Senator John McCain: Totally disrespectful, no place for it in that setting or any other and he should apologize immediately.
Illinois Democrat, Senator Dick Durbin: Crude and disrespectful.
South Carolina Democrat, Senator Jim Clyburn: Beyond heckling.
Maryland Democrat, Steny Hoyer, House Majority Leader: I have never in my 29 years heard an outburst of that nature with reference to a president of the United States speaking as a guest of the House and Senate.
Michigan Representative Dave Camp, ranking Republican on the Ways & Means Committee: I don’t advise that. I think it’s important to listen as respectfully as possible.
Tennessee Republican, Senator Bob Corker: I respect the office of the president, and I think that’s not the kind of thing that is appropriate in that kind of setting.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham: Disappointed. (Wink, wink? He says Obama’s tone was “combative”. Did you expect anything else?)
South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Carol Fowler: Once again a South Carolina republican has embarrassed our state. One would think that as a member of the military, Joe Wilson would have more respect and patriotism than he displayed tonight.
Democrat Rob Miller, (a former marine who’s challenging Wilson in next year’s midterm elections): Instead of engaging in childish name-calling and disrespecting our commander-in-chief, Joe Wilson should be working towards a bipartisan solution that makes quality, affordable health care available to each and every South Carolinian.
I checked Joe Wilson’s website and found this notation:
Due to exceptionally high traffic, this site is temporarily unavailable.
Please come back shortly.
His website got so much traffic – it crashed! Good for you America. I’m sure most of you were online to malign him for his gross, inexcusable, unacceptable, disgraceful, unstatesmanlike, disgusting, shocking behavior! I know self-proclaimed ghetto people who would not do that!
If I was a voter in your district, I WOULD NOT BE BACK, Mr. Wilson.
Democrats say after Wilson’s outburst, their candidate raised close to 100 thousand-dollars in online contributions. Quick Joe, please do some more heckling!
Even Fox News…FOX news! (The republican bloviating network) called Wilson’s comment: An extraordinary breach of congressional decorum. (Don’t gasp too hard!).