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Rep. "You Lie" Wilson "Resolution of Disapproval" Goes To Vote

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WASHINGTON--House Democrats are proceeding Tuesday with a resolution sanctioning Rep. Joe Wilson, the South Carolina Republican who yelled "you lie" during President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress last Wednesday.

Majority Leader Steny Hoyer from Maryland and Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina are bringing the resolution, which says the outburst "was a breach of decorum and brought discredit to the House of Representatives."

From Democratic Leaders on why they are doing this, even though Wilson apologized to White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel after the outburst: "The House general code of conduct requires that, "a lawmaker shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives." These are the standards members are held to when they take the oath of office. Despite the request of leadership of both parties, Rep. Wilson has refused to apologize on the House Floor, as is considered traditional, when a Member breaches House rules. Therefore, the House is compelled to respond."

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No mention of the two Democrat House members who yelled out "Liar" during a Bush address just a few years ago. Hypocrite, thy name is Democrat.

Things are so bad in Washington, we a little civil disobedience. Obama is is not even following the Constitution, so what's the big deal about a House rule on speech?

DO AS I SAY NOT AS I DO!!!!!!!! DEMOCRATS ARE HYPOCRITES!!!!!!!

This person could be a congressman but he don't have manners and education and really look like "redneck" is very sad to see this kind of acts in TV and somebody don't respect another person and is worst if the person is the President of United States

The unexcusable remark made by Representative Wilson should only be diciplined by sanction.
The disrespect, the flagrent dis mannered way of making the comment within a joint session for a Presidents speaking is totally out of place. The remedy of a formal apology for his action on the floor of the House seems a pretty light sentence for the mouth of this Representive. It will not cost him anything but embarrassment, and would show the House, as well as the country that the apology is actually honest and from the heart.

However, the refusal to relenguish and make this appearance on the floor for apology, simply cements his true feelings, and that he will not follow the form of remedy traditional to the House of Representatives.

If Mr Wilson were a representative in the parliment of Great Britain, would have been physically removed from the floor of the pqarliment, and would loose all privileges until the formal apology was given on the floor.

The word liar is abusively used, and in particular when said against the President, and more so when at a speach being given by the President. This seems like it indeed is a bit of prejudice being mouthed by Wilson toward the new Black President.
I would as a citizen and a white man, vote to have this Representative Sanctioned until such an apology was indeed rendered.

There are penalties for calling a policeman names as well, let the rightous Representive Wilson slam a policeman with an insult during his working hours, and see the results of his butt being charged on disrespect and a fine.

Mr Wilson there is a time to swallow your rightous pride, and do the right thing to indeed repair the damage that you have given to yourself the Republican Party,and the House by your actions.

Quit lying!! This is the first time in history this kind of disresprct has been shown toward the president during a televised address.show me the tape of the Dems doing it! I dont think you can because your're probably a LIAR!!

Reid called Bush "liar," stood by comment UPDATE
Interview with Senator Harry Reid, NBC’s Meet the Press, December 5, 2004

MR. RUSSERT: When the president talked about Yucca Mountain and moving the nation's nuclear waste there, you were very, very, very strong in your words. You said, "President Bush is a liar. He betrayed Nevada and he betrayed the country."

Is that rhetoric appropriate?

SEN. REID: I don't know if that rhetoric is appropriate. That's how I feel, and that's how I felt. I think to take that issue, Tim, to take the most poisonous substance known to man, plutonium, and haul 70,000 tons of it across the highways and railways of this country, past schools and churches and people's businesses is wrong. It's something that is being forced upon this country by the utilities, and it's wrong. And we have to stop it. And people may not like what I said, but I said it, and I don't back off one bit.

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