In this case "what's good for the goose is not good for the gander". Both Joe Wilson and Alan Grayson had the right to speak their minds. Two wrongs will not make a right here and the fact that Joe Wison was punished is regrettable, but this political correctness should not continue. Our representatives must be free to speak their minds on the floor of Congress. Its rare that we find out what they are really thinking with all the political correctness going around and outburst such as Wilson's and Grayson's at least tell us where they are coming from. Any existing rules limited the tone of ones statements in the hall of congress should be suspended. Let the American people here the unvarnished truth without the pretty PC frills.
"I think it's time for the Democratic leaders and the speaker of the House herself to rein in the rhetoric that she decried just several weeks ago," House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, said.
"And if he's not going to apologize to the American people and to Republicans as he should, really, that's the Democratic leadership's responsibility to have a conversation with their own member," Boehner added.
Grayson's remarks inflamed an already divisive national debate on health care reform, the rhetoric of which has included Nazi symbols, charges of planned death panels and disruptive protests at town hall meetings hosted by lawmakers.
"We ought to be able to have an honest, calm debate about health care ...without disparaging each other," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday, commenting on the latest developments.
House Republicans, seeking payback after Democrats succeeded in voting to reprimand South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson last month for shouting "You Life!" at President Obama during his address to Congress, are planning to introduce a resolution of disapproval for Grayson's remarks.
A spokesman for Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga, who prepared the resolution, said he would not introduce it Thursday.
"Mr. Grayson's actions on the floor were an embarrassment to this Congress and warrant an apology both to his colleagues and, more importantly, to the people of his district who he insulted on the House floor," Price's spokesman, Brendan Buck, said in a written statement.
"It is the job of the Speaker to ensure the House runs with proper decorum, and we would hope that she would not tolerate such behavior," he added.
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