Reading the daily Edroso I was alerted to this morsel. Editorial writer for the Dallas Morning News Tod Robberson took the time to remind a colored audience what would be proper behavior when the powerful deign to speak to them.
So the NAACP holds a national convention in Houston and invites Mitt Romney to give a speech. If they are informed people who read newspapers and watch TV, they should have been under no illusion that Romney’s positions clash on many levels with those of the NAACP’s membership.
No point in having a politician speak to you after you’ve seen the YouTubes.
If they didn’t want to hear what he had to say, they shouldn’t have invited him. But once he was there, they owed it to him to listen to what he had to say. Who knows? They might actually have been pleasantly surprised. If not, so what?
Once you ‘boo’ somebody, you can’t hear anything before or after that. So please, brothers and sisters, much as he appears to be a lurching 1930s German steampunk film prop, don’t throw Milk Duds at the screen. You’ll miss the plot.
Speaking of that, I am reminded of the great reverence paid freewheeling civility by Robberson’s drinking buddies. I remember the reticent and respectful Rep. Joe Wilson screaming “YOU LIE!” at a certain President from his humble seat in Congress. During the nationally televised State of the Union address it was. Meredith Jessup at Townhall was predictably chagrined:
I was pretty disappointed this morning when I found out South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson had apologized for his outburst last night during the president’s address before the joint session of Congress . .
My question is, why? President Obama is the one going around the country talking about how we need to provide coverage for America’s 46 million uninsured–a number that includes illegal immigrants.
The President was a bit lucky the Representative didn’t climb the podium and yell in his grill. Codger Carey Roberts similarly applauded decency:
Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina infuriated millions of smug liberals Wednesday night when he yelled out during President Obama’s congressional speech, “You lie!” To which I heartily respond, “Representative Wilson, you are one red-blooded American hero.”
Emphasis his. This is the stuff of the fair-skinned deities who hail from the conservative world, natch. The courageous who shout down a speaking President are exercising precious first Amendment rights, which is great. Without dickishness, America would be doomed.
Remember when the Daily Caller’s Neil Munro interrupted Obama’s Rose Garden address last month? It was unprecedented. That a no-name blogger would break journalism’s rules and commonplace decency to halt the event shocked everybody. All Neil wanted to do was make the President answer his questions. Which could happen! Munro’s boss tendered his support:
“A reporter’s job is to find out what’s happening,” Carlson said. “It’s about what your government is doing. It’s to ask questions to politicians and almost no politicians want to answer those questions.”
Maybe Neil could use a raise. Lou Dobbs praised Munro’s freedom-of-the-jerk calisthenics:
“Neil Munro of The Daily Caller, the gentleman asking the question, the White House would argue he was not being a gentleman, the president responding it’s not time for questions,” Dobbs said. “Well, the fact is after he made his statement, the president took no questions.” . .
“So, Neil Munro had the thing pretty well figured out,” he said. “It was going to be his only opportunity.” . . “‘It’s against the decorum of the White House and it’s rude to the president.’ What’s rude is the president not speaking to the American people and taking the questions of the White House press.”
Maybe Neil could use a medal. Mark Levin couldn’t have been more impressed:
“Then there was one person who did speak up — one person who spoke up when “el presidente” gathered the media around him outside the Oval Office on the White House grounds,” Levin said. “He gathered up the media to do what he always does — to tell them what to write, what to report, what to regurgitate to you. One little courageous soul — one little voice out of the pack — decided we have a president of the United States who is brazenly telling us that he’s going to violate the Constitution of the United States, a president of the United States who does not take questions after gathering around the reporters as he issues his pronouncements. And this reporter, this one voice decided to ask a question.”
Maybe Neil could use a statue and a holiday. Thank god for men like him, they merely exist to check power. While we’re fiddling around with the likes of ‘words,’ anyone seen a political rulebook? Ah yes, here: It is time for the career politician to get his desserts. We’re agreed. Mitt Romney? The humble financial behemoth with no responsibilities, no reservations and no constituents, he’s different. He deserves better.