Three things have had me thinking the last couple of days.
1. South Carolina's Republican Congressman Joe Wilson's "You Lie" comment. Today the House voted mostly along party lines in a formal rebuke
of the "distinguished gentleman." What I find remarkable is that only 7 Republicans voted for the measure. Republicans are so big on "rules", but decided it was OK for one of their own to break House rules to heckle the President. However, the scary thing is that if they actually believe that the rules don't matter and that heckling the President is OK, where is the actual line on decorum? Is it OK to curse the President out? Is it OK to throw an egg at him? What is unacceptable. Apparently, it is now OK for Congressional members to heckle the President. That is a remarkable statement about the loss of basic civility in the U.S.
2. The weekend mob-like protest against the President's policies - mostly on health care. About 75,000 people showed up in DC on Saturday, but folks on the right are claiming there were more than a million, and some are saying even more than two million. There was even a false photo that was issued and spread on the web allegedly showing the event
. That is just plain silly. The reality is that it was a relatively small protest, but any idiots who believe it was 2 million can fool themselves for all I care. The National Mall was booked by the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.'s
2009 Black Family Reunion Celebration
. The keynote speaker was Pastor T.D. Jakes, and the Christian-themed, African-American event had tents and activities that spread from 7th Street to the Washington monument. For anyone who know DC, you know that this is most of the National Mall between the Washington Monument and Capitol. It is so pathetic (especially Glen Beck - who claims passion for the movement but was too busy to show up)
to see how far the Republican Party seems to have fallen. They want to cater to this increasingly loud, but very small minority of folks. I guess it is their base.
3. President's Poll Numbers. Last week I said Obama's poll numbers would rise as he found his voice on health care. Sure enough we are starting to see a bump up
. Obama is speaking before large crowds and he is using the bully-pulpit of the presidency to defend his beliefs about health care. It certainly looks like it is starting to work. For the protestors out there, if everyone hated his proposals, why would his poll numbers rise as he speaks more often and more clearly about his positions? Health care reform is going to happen this year, and I know that there will be Republicans who don't want to be on the wrong side of history and will vote for the bill that eventually is passed.