Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Democrat Hypocrisy on Wilson Resolution

Congressman John Shadegg (AZ-03) today issued the following statement regarding the resolution brought by House Democrat leadership criticizing U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson for his outburst during the President’s address to the Joint Session of Congress last week:

“Having repeatedly refused to ‘disapprove’ of similar conduct by its own members, the Democrat Majority’s resolution was flagrantly hypocritical. Here are several examples of Democrats acting inappropriately on the floor including calling President a liar:

1. In 2003, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), on the House floor said, “Evidence has come into light that President Bush and his Administration has lied to the world…” Fox News Special Report, September 14, 2009

2. In 2004, Rep. Stark (D-CA), speaking on the House floor said, “I came here last year and accused President Bush ofbeing a liar. A year later, I feel no reason to apologize or change by opinion.” (Therefore Rep. Stark also called the President a liar in 2003.) Fox News Special Report, September 14, 2009

3. In 2004, Democrats collectively booed President George W. Bush during the State of the Union address when he called for the renewal of the Patriot Act. Dems Push for Wilson Censure, Politico, September 11, 2009

4. In 2005, Democrats howled, hissed, and shouted “NO” when President Bush called for social security reform. Push for Wilson Censure, Politico, September 11, 2009

5. In 2007, U.S. Rep. Pete Stark speaking from the House floor attacked President Bush for “his lies” about the war in Iraq .


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“Joe Wilson’s outburst last week during the Joint Session of Congress was inappropriate and improper. He immediately apologized to the President, as he should have.

“Today’s resolution by the House Democratic leadership demonstrates that there is no issue that Washington politicians won’t exploit for political gain. Much like White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s admission to ‘never let a good crisis go to waste,’ Speaker Pelosi saw a chance to play politics and did.

“If the Majority party consistently enforced the rules of the House against its own Members when they violated House rules using almost identical language as Rep. Wilson did, the resolution would have been justified and appropriate.

“It is hypocrisy for the current Democrat Majority to formally reprimand Joe Wilson having never taken any action against members of their own party who have violated the rules of the House in the same fashion, calling a Republican President a liar on the floor.”

1 comment:

Arizona Yank said...

Isn't Obama the one who needs to apologize to both the House and Senate?

He called a special joint session of the Congress.
He did not give a State of the Union message.
He did not declare war on anyone.

What he did do, was make yet another political speech--in which, he called a number of his political opponents "liars".