Posted by: Lisa Pampuch | September 10, 2009

‘Insolence by House Republicans’

The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reminds us that Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) might have garnered the most notice for his intemperate shout of “You lie” during President Barack Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress about health-care reform, but he most certainly wasn’t the only badly behaved member of the GOP in attendance:

But while the majority of both parties’ lawmakers behaved as adults, the insolence by House Republicans stole the show. There was derisive laughter on that side of the chamber when Obama noted that “there remain some significant details to be ironed out.” They applauded as he spoke of “all the misinformation that’s been spread over the past few months.” They laughed again when he said that “many Americans have grown nervous about reform.”

When Obama addressed the charge that he plans “panels of bureaucrats with the power to kill off senior citizens,” someone on the GOP side shouted out “shame!” The president went on: “Such a charge would be laughable if it weren’t so cynical.” “Read the bill!” someone shouted back. Obama mentioned those who accuse him of a government takeover of health care. “It’s true,” someone shouted back.

That’s just a small sampling of the juvenile antics that these Republicans displayed during the President’s speech; read Milbank’s entire article for more depressing tantrums. They ought to be ashamed. And they ought not to be surprised that when they behave this way — along with fomenting wingnut hysteria about Obama’s birth certificate, about socialism, about Naziism, about death panels — that reasonable people no longer take them seriously.

Republicans need to grow up. More than that, they need to respect their country, their countrymen, and our President by at least holding themselves to the bare minimum standard of honesty. There’s nothing wrong with responsible dissent. This behavior embraced by so many members of the GOP is shameful, immoral, sophomoric, and unpatriotic.

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