Joe Wilson replaces Obama as my personal hero for the week (last week).

I’m finally catching up on the current events of last week. Here’s the “You Lie!” clip that launched a thousand tweets:

Most people I know sent this to me because they though I would be offended that someone challenged by political hero on a platform that I think is the most important one we face as a nation.

These people were surprisingly I wholeheartedly support him and cheer him on.

I love this clip. Every time I hear the mutters, jeers, and boos which finally builds up in Joe Wilson shouting out “You Lie!”  People call Joe Wilson’s actions unacceptable, but I feel that this is exactly how politicians should behave. For decades we have been missing the booing and grumbling of the crowd in stark counterpoint to the cheers. The sound of dissent and is exactly how government should sound. We need less polite debating and more shouting matches. We don’t have enough politicians brave enough to stoop to childish name calling when a radical piece of legislature comes close to the tipping point of popular support!

What could be better than radical policy-making met with radical decent? We have the smartest people in the country in the same room; this should cause lots of shouting. We need more radical ideas that are scary enough to make half of the people in the House stand up and cheer and the other half to shout “You lie!” We don’t have nearly enough decent in our government, and that’s the problem!

Too many politicians that I admire sat quietly in their place as America drifted closer to war. Too many politicians passively gave President Bush permission to declare war. This is passivity clears them of the blame for actually declaring war, but what we needed was someone to stand up to Bush and shout “You Lie”…not one of them stood up and shouted anything. A few…a very few…voiced their concerns quietly and politely, but there should have been downright pandemonium in Congress when the decision was made. Someone, anyone, just one person should have stood up and shouted “You Lie!”

Someone should have stood up and shouted “You Lie” on September 25, 2002, when President Bush said: “They [Al Qaeda and Saddam] work in concert. The danger is, is that Al Qaeda becomes an extension of Saddam’s madness and his hatred and his capacity to extend weapons of mass destruction around the world.” someone should have stood up and shouted “You Lie”.

Someone should have stood up and shouted “You Lie” on September 28, 2002, when President Bush flatly asserted: “The Iraqi regime […] could launch a biological or chemical attack in as little as 45 minutes after the order is given [and] this regime is seeking a nuclear bomb, and with fissile material could build one within a year.”

Someone should have stood up and shouted “You Lie” on January 28, 2003, when President Bush said: “The British government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.” someone should have stood up and shouted “You Lie”.

Do I think Obama’s health care plan is as potentially dangerous as Bush’s war? No…but this is even more reason why someone should call him on lying. I like the things that Obama says, so I’m more likely to believe them without question. Many people in this country are like that, therefore someone has to step up and call the truth of his statements into question.

I am not happy that people are standing in Obama’s way of bringing health care reform to this country…but I am glad that our government is finally galvanized and angry. I want angry people in the government. I want people to be angry enough to cook up crazy schemes like “Let’s give health care to everyone!” or “Let’s go to war with Iraq!” and then I want people angry enough at those ideas to say “Are you crazy? What’s the matter with you?!?” but it can’t get to that point until the first voice shouts out “You Lie!”

So thank you Joe Wilson, for being my hero of the week. We need someone with that courage to shout out when others just sit silently at your side.

Where has this bravery been for the last two decades?

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