Wednesday, September 9, 2009

"You Lie!"

Joe Wilson, the idiot Representative from South Carolina who heckled the President tonight by shouting "You lie!" from the floor, deserves to have his site crashed with traffic from complaining citizens, despite the fact that he now has apparently issued an apology.

Is it too cynical of me to think that the entire stunt was yet another (again successful) attempt to direct the national conversation away from the moral disaster of our current scheme of health care? Am I now going to have to endure the barrage of editorials and reports about the outburst, the apology, the reception of the apology, the backlash, etc., etc. etc.? Will the idiot-windbag-at-large George Lakoff be enlisted to spread his nonsense all over this?

Bloody hell, it's time to move to a civilized country.

If memory serves, Brian Eno (of all people) wrote an essay some years back about propaganda. I recall that it made well the point that modern propaganda has more to do with controlling the topics of conversations than with imposing any particular beliefs. Does anyone recall this piece? Please provide a link if you have it handy.

As for me, I'll be busy puking for the next several days....

10 comments:

Alexander said...

He may have repeated the point elsewhere, but one instance of it is here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/aug/17/media.davidkelly

729 said...

Here's a working link: Eno's August 17 2003 Guardian Article.

Mike Almeida said...

It is amazing the license they take with this president. Either this is a half-baked plan to take attention away from the problem, or some deeply racist attitudes are finding expression in this incredibly disrespectful behavior.

The Brooks Blog said...

I will puke alongside you!

Clayton said...

Nancy Pelosi's face was priceless. I'd say that this is probably a half-baked plan of some sort with a touch of racism thrown in. TPM has some good background on Joe Wilson (here):

"Back in 2003, not long after the death of Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC), Thurmond's bi-racial, out-of-wedlock daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, came forward to say that Thurmond was her father. (Thurmond, who spent most of his career as a staunch proponent of segregation and Jim Crow, had supported the family financially for decades.) Wilson made headlines for telling The State newspaper that Washington-Williams should have kept the shameful secret to herself.

Wilson later had to apologize to Washington-Willaims, Thurmond's family and perhaps implicitly non-awful people everywhere."

Off to vomit!

Platowe said...

Spiros: with you %100. These sad excuses for human beings are indeed emetic. I see that in the last 24 hours Wilson's prospective opponent has raised $400 K. I'm throwing some cash in against that asshole.

Platowe said...

And BTW, here's where you might vent that asshole (there's an image worthy of Joe):

http://www.house.gov/formwilson/IMA/issue.htm

I said:

Your are an embarrassment to me personally as a Southerner. Your scheming incivility to the President was shameful and I will contribute to anyone who attempts to unseat you. I feel sorry for you mostly, because you have no capacity for empathy and you are so self-deceived as to believe that you're something approaching a decent human being.

Clayton said...

Quick update. In addition to the shouter, we also had someone walk out. Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) stood up and left while Obama was still speaking. Shimkus is awesome. He's the guy who argued that we're not putting enough carbon into the atmosphere. See, there's a Biblical case for that or something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf25tkuxOW4&feature=player_embedded

Larry Franz said...

I became convinced back in the Clinton years that most Republicans are either evil or ignorant or both, and Mr. Wilson seems to be both.

But regarding Mr. Eno's excellent point about the government controlling "what everyone's talking about": if I were a Republican opponent of health care reform, I'd probably be angry that there's been so much talk about health care, when everyone knows that America already has the greatest health care system in the world!

This year, the Democrats have succeeded in keeping health care as a topic people are talking about, and it appears that something good, although not good enough, will come of that later this year. Even Wilson's rudeness - which I think was more of an emotional outburst than a planned distraction - has had a positive unifying effect on the wishy-washy Democrats in Congress. Probably a short-term unifying effect, but better than nothing.

Glaucon said...

I just attended "a conversation" with Eno (along with Jon Hassell) last night. Hassell was less interesting -- philosophy has spoiled my capacity to enjoy amateurish philosophizing of the kind he was engaging in -- Eno more so, especially the discussion of propagenda. Eno remarked that he suspected that by arguing against the Iraq war he might be making it more likely, just by validating the chosen agenda. Interesting stuff. I thought there'd be more discussion of music, but I made up for that by listening to My Life in the Bush of Ghosts and Another Green World on the way home...