reply to post by Wimbly
You might actually look at Wilson's background before making a knee-jerk response.
Here's Wilson's profile:
He's a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
This is an organization that has been taken over in the past decade by radical neo-Confederates who favor secession and defend slavery as a benign
institution. Leading the takeover is a radical racist named Kirk Lyons, who's been an important legal figure on the far right for some years.
In more recent years, the takeover has led to an outright internal civil war.
Experts say the divisions within the Sons vary between two extremes. On one side are the traditionalists, members who focus on cleaning up Confederate
grave sites and conducting Civil War re-enactments. On the other side are the so-called Lunatics, up to 2,000 members who deride traditionalists as
"grannies'' and belong to camps named after notorious Southern figures such as John Wilkes Booth and Jesse James. John Wilkes Booth members have
been known to put pennies in urinals, making sure to leave the Lincoln side face-up. Other Lunatic groups have removed the U.S. flag from their halls
and banned the Pledge of Allegiance.
Joe Wilson, as a state legislator, was one of only seven Republicans to go against their own party and vote to keep the Dixie Rebel flag flying over
the South Carolina capitol: The flag came down that year after Republicans in both houses went for a compromise that would put it on Statehouse
grounds at the Confederate Soldier’s monument. The “Magnificent Seven” of Senators who voted to keep the flag up included current Congressman
Joe Wilson (who I served with in the 218th Infantry Brigade of the National Guard.)
A clearer picture of why this congressman might so virulently breach protocol and loudly interrupt an African-American president's speech to Congress
by calling him a liar does start to emerge, doesn't it?
So inquiring minds want to know:
1. Is Joe Wilson still a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans?
2. If so, does he condone the activities of the "Lunatic" faction that now controls the SCV?
3. Does Joe Wilson consider the Republican Party "the Party of Lincoln"?
4. Does Joe Wilson support secession?
[edit on 13-9-2009 by andrewh7]