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    The Cato Institute posted this article on Facebook, which I found interesting:

    An Australian Perspective on Joe Wilson

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    All this hand-wringing and then censure (not to mention impeachment talk) over Rep. Joe Wilson’s admittedly rude intervention at President Obama’s speech last week has me baffled. Partly, it is because I come from a land that is governed by a parliamentary system, where Question Time is a much-loved institution. The offense (manufactured, perhaps) that Representative Wilson’s comment has caused is almost laughable when I think about some of the insults that have been hurled in both directions in Australia’s parliament. Here’s a collection of quotes from former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating just for starters (warning: offensive language). Here is a Brit’s take on why American politicians are“a bunch of wimps.”

    Mainly, though,I am surprised that questioning of power is not more valued in America. To be sure, the President of the United States is not answerable to Congress in the same way that Ministers (including Prime Ministers) are to a Westminster-system parliament, but I would have thought that questioning the president would be well within the bounds of a nation conceived in liberty and on the understanding that all men are created equal. You got rid of infallible kings in 1776, remember?

    I get why the Democrats are making political hay out of Representative Wilson’s outburst, even if I think they are hypocrites for suddenly finding religion on civility, given their own history.And I thoroughly reject, by the way,the notion that much of the criticism directed towards Obama is based on racism, even if this sort of talk gives unfortunate credence to the claims. But those same Dems who are shocked (shocked!) by Joe Wilson’s behavior are right now allowing a tax cheat to pull the nation’s purse strings.

    This focus on style — who says what, how they say it, what their motivations might be — over the substance of what the congressional and administrative branches of government are doing is tremendously disappointing. I have heard far more censorious talk about Joe Wilson’s character and the propriety (or lack thereof) of what he did than of the point he was making. Meanwhile,the Dems are keeping “internal” investigations of Charlie Rangel’s ethical violations very quiet indeed.

    Quite frankly, I’m far more interested in those than I am in Joe Wilson’s rudeness.


    Now here's the list of quotes from the first link:


    What we have got is a dead carcass, swinging in the breeze, but nobody will cut it down to replace him.
    - On John Howard

    …the brain-damaged Leader of the Opposition…
    - On John Howard

    From this day onwards, Howard will wear his leadership like a crown of thorns, and in the parliament I’ll do everything to crucify him.
    - On John Howard

    But I will never get to the stage of wanting to lead the nation standing in front of the mirror each morning clipping the eyebrows here and clipping the eyebrows there with Janette and the kids: It’s like ‘Spot the eyebrows’.
    - On John Howard

    I am not like the Leader of the Opposition. I did not slither out of the Cabinet room like a mangy maggot…
    - On John Howard

    Come in, sucker…
    - To John Howard

    The principle saboteur, the man with the cheap fistful of dollars.
    - On John Howard

    He’s wound up like a thousand day clock.
    - On John Howard

    He is the greatest job and investment destroyer since the bubonic plague.
    - On John Howard

    He has more hide than a team of elephants.
    - On John Howard

    I do not want to hear any mealy-mouthed talk from the Member for Benelong.
    - On John Howard

    This is the sort of little-boy, stamp your foot stuff which comes from a financial yuppie when you shoe him into parliament.
    - On John Hewson

    Like being flogged with a warm lettuce.
    - On John Hewson

    I was implying that the Honorable Member for Wentworth was like a lizard on a rock - alive, but looking dead.
    - On John Hewson

    I’d put him in the same class as the rest of them: mediocrity.
    - On John Hewson

    I suppose that the Honourable Gentleman’s hair, like his intellect, will recede into the darkness.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    …if this gutless spiv, and I refer to him as a gutless spiv…
    - On Andrew Peacock

    The Leader of the Opposition is more to be pitied than despised, the poor old thing. The Liberal Party ought to put him down like a faithful dog because he is of no use to it and of no use to the nation.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    We’re not interested in the views of painted, perfumed gigolos.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    It is the first time the Honourable Gentleman has got out from under the sunlamp.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    What we have as a leader of the National Party is a political carcass with a coat and tie on.
    - On Ian Sinclair

    Codd will be lucky to get a job cleaning shithouses if I ever become Prime Minister.
    - On Mike Codd

    ..the brain-damaged Honorable Member for Bruce made his first parliamentary contribution since being elected, by calling a quorum to silence me for three minutes.”
    - On Ken Aldred

    Hating The Liberals

    “The Leader of the Opposition hurls all sorts of abuse at me, and all through question time those pansies over there want retractions of the things we’ve said about them. They are a bunch of nobodies going nowhere.”

    “Mr Speaker can I have some protection from the clowns on the front bench ?”

    “…for the dullard on the front bench opposite”

    “Mr Deputy Speaker, am I to be continually abused by the Honorable Member for Mitchell and the drone beside him, the Honorable Member for Braddon ?”

    “Where you all come aguster is, over here we think we’re born to rule you. And let me tell you this, it’s been ingrained in me from childhood, I think my mission in life is to run you.”

    “You were heard in silence, so some of you SCUMBAGS on the front bench should wait a minute until you hear the responses from me.”

    “What really amuses me and almost makes me spew…”

    “They have no ideas, no integrity and no ability.”

    “Damn them for being the cheats they are.”

    “You are frauds.”

    “…votes for coalition members who have always been cheats, cheats, cheats and will always be cheats, cheats, cheats and will always defend cheats, cheats, cheats.”

    “Honorable Members opposite are a joke.”

    “They are irrelevant, useless and immoral.”

    “…they insist on being mugs, Mr Speaker, absolute mugs.”

    “I’m not running a seminar for dullards on the other side.”

    “Those opposite could not operate a tart shop”

    “These intellectual hoboes”

    “This rabble opposite”

    “…for the benefit of the blockheads opposite”

    “If the dummies opposite will just shut up”

    “Shut up for a moment. If you ask questions and want to hear answers, shut up.”

    “How thick these people are”

    “These dummies and dimwits”

    “Talk about desperadoes”

    “These are the absolute gutter tactics of a mindless, useless, idealistic, unprincipled Opposition.”

    “The Opposition is such a motley, dishonest crew”

    “…the cowboys on this front bench”

    “It is just a slight of hand by a dingy party”

    “The Opposition crowd could not raffle a chook in a pub”

    “We will be rejecting the opportunist claptrap coming from the Opposition.”

    “Honorable Members opposite squeal like stuck pigs”

    “…small time punk stuff coming from a punk Opposition.”

    “The animals on the other side”

    Random Quotes

    Laurie Oakes is a cane toad.
    - On Laurie Oakes

    You had an important place in Australian society on the ABC and you gave it up to be a pop star…with a big cheque…and now you’re on to this sort of stuff. That shows what a 24 carat pissant you are, Richard, that’s for sure.
    - To Richard Carleton

    That you Jim? Paul Keating here. Just because you swallowed a fucking dictionary when you were about 15 doesn’t give you the right to pour a bucket of shit over the rest of us.”
    - To Former Labour politician, Jim McClelland (on the phone)

    Fucking animals.
    - On the Press

    Go and get a job!
    - To a University student protesting about fees
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    Quote Originally Posted by AHeneen View Post
    The Cato Institute posted this article on Facebook, which I found interesting:

    An Australian Perspective on Joe Wilson

    Will you allow a foreigner to comment on something that hasintrigued her about this great country?

    All this hand-wringing and then censure (not to mention impeachment talk) over Rep. Joe Wilson’s admittedly rude intervention at President Obama’s speech last week has me baffled. Partly, it is because I come from a land that is governed by a parliamentary system, where Question Time is a much-loved institution. The offense (manufactured, perhaps) that Representative Wilson’s comment has caused is almost laughable when I think about some of the insults that have been hurled in both directions in Australia’s parliament. Here’s a collection of quotes from former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating just for starters (warning: offensive language). Here is a Brit’s take on why American politicians are“a bunch of wimps.”

    Mainly, though,I am surprised that questioning of power is not more valued in America. To be sure, the President of the United States is not answerable to Congress in the same way that Ministers (including Prime Ministers) are to a Westminster-system parliament, but I would have thought that questioning the president would be well within the bounds of a nation conceived in liberty and on the understanding that all men are created equal. You got rid of infallible kings in 1776, remember?

    I get why the Democrats are making political hay out of Representative Wilson’s outburst, even if I think they are hypocrites for suddenly finding religion on civility, given their own history.And I thoroughly reject, by the way,the notion that much of the criticism directed towards Obama is based on racism, even if this sort of talk gives unfortunate credence to the claims. But those same Dems who are shocked (shocked!) by Joe Wilson’s behavior are right now allowing a tax cheat to pull the nation’s purse strings.

    This focus on style — who says what, how they say it, what their motivations might be — over the substance of what the congressional and administrative branches of government are doing is tremendously disappointing. I have heard far more censorious talk about Joe Wilson’s character and the propriety (or lack thereof) of what he did than of the point he was making. Meanwhile,the Dems are keeping “internal” investigations of Charlie Rangel’s ethical violations very quiet indeed.

    Quite frankly, I’m far more interested in those than I am in Joe Wilson’s rudeness.


    Now here's the list of quotes from the first link:


    What we have got is a dead carcass, swinging in the breeze, but nobody will cut it down to replace him.
    - On John Howard

    …the brain-damaged Leader of the Opposition…
    - On John Howard

    From this day onwards, Howard will wear his leadership like a crown of thorns, and in the parliament I’ll do everything to crucify him.
    - On John Howard

    But I will never get to the stage of wanting to lead the nation standing in front of the mirror each morning clipping the eyebrows here and clipping the eyebrows there with Janette and the kids: It’s like ‘Spot the eyebrows’.
    - On John Howard

    I am not like the Leader of the Opposition. I did not slither out of the Cabinet room like a mangy maggot…
    - On John Howard

    Come in, sucker…
    - To John Howard

    The principle saboteur, the man with the cheap fistful of dollars.
    - On John Howard

    He’s wound up like a thousand day clock.
    - On John Howard

    He is the greatest job and investment destroyer since the bubonic plague.
    - On John Howard

    He has more hide than a team of elephants.
    - On John Howard

    I do not want to hear any mealy-mouthed talk from the Member for Benelong.
    - On John Howard

    This is the sort of little-boy, stamp your foot stuff which comes from a financial yuppie when you shoe him into parliament.
    - On John Hewson

    Like being flogged with a warm lettuce.
    - On John Hewson

    I was implying that the Honorable Member for Wentworth was like a lizard on a rock - alive, but looking dead.
    - On John Hewson

    I’d put him in the same class as the rest of them: mediocrity.
    - On John Hewson

    I suppose that the Honourable Gentleman’s hair, like his intellect, will recede into the darkness.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    …if this gutless spiv, and I refer to him as a gutless spiv…
    - On Andrew Peacock

    The Leader of the Opposition is more to be pitied than despised, the poor old thing. The Liberal Party ought to put him down like a faithful dog because he is of no use to it and of no use to the nation.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    We’re not interested in the views of painted, perfumed gigolos.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    It is the first time the Honourable Gentleman has got out from under the sunlamp.
    - On Andrew Peacock

    What we have as a leader of the National Party is a political carcass with a coat and tie on.
    - On Ian Sinclair

    Codd will be lucky to get a job cleaning shithouses if I ever become Prime Minister.
    - On Mike Codd

    ..the brain-damaged Honorable Member for Bruce made his first parliamentary contribution since being elected, by calling a quorum to silence me for three minutes.”
    - On Ken Aldred

    Hating The Liberals

    “The Leader of the Opposition hurls all sorts of abuse at me, and all through question time those pansies over there want retractions of the things we’ve said about them. They are a bunch of nobodies going nowhere.”

    “Mr Speaker can I have some protection from the clowns on the front bench ?”

    “…for the dullard on the front bench opposite”

    “Mr Deputy Speaker, am I to be continually abused by the Honorable Member for Mitchell and the drone beside him, the Honorable Member for Braddon ?”

    “Where you all come aguster is, over here we think we’re born to rule you. And let me tell you this, it’s been ingrained in me from childhood, I think my mission in life is to run you.”

    “You were heard in silence, so some of you SCUMBAGS on the front bench should wait a minute until you hear the responses from me.”

    “What really amuses me and almost makes me spew…”

    “They have no ideas, no integrity and no ability.”

    “Damn them for being the cheats they are.”

    “You are frauds.”

    “…votes for coalition members who have always been cheats, cheats, cheats and will always be cheats, cheats, cheats and will always defend cheats, cheats, cheats.”

    “Honorable Members opposite are a joke.”

    “They are irrelevant, useless and immoral.”

    “…they insist on being mugs, Mr Speaker, absolute mugs.”

    “I’m not running a seminar for dullards on the other side.”

    “Those opposite could not operate a tart shop”

    “These intellectual hoboes”

    “This rabble opposite”

    “…for the benefit of the blockheads opposite”

    “If the dummies opposite will just shut up”

    “Shut up for a moment. If you ask questions and want to hear answers, shut up.”

    “How thick these people are”

    “These dummies and dimwits”

    “Talk about desperadoes”

    “These are the absolute gutter tactics of a mindless, useless, idealistic, unprincipled Opposition.”

    “The Opposition is such a motley, dishonest crew”

    “…the cowboys on this front bench”

    “It is just a slight of hand by a dingy party”

    “The Opposition crowd could not raffle a chook in a pub”

    “We will be rejecting the opportunist claptrap coming from the Opposition.”

    “Honorable Members opposite squeal like stuck pigs”

    “…small time punk stuff coming from a punk Opposition.”

    “The animals on the other side”

    Random Quotes

    Laurie Oakes is a cane toad.
    - On Laurie Oakes

    You had an important place in Australian society on the ABC and you gave it up to be a pop star…with a big cheque…and now you’re on to this sort of stuff. That shows what a 24 carat pissant you are, Richard, that’s for sure.
    - To Richard Carleton

    That you Jim? Paul Keating here. Just because you swallowed a fucking dictionary when you were about 15 doesn’t give you the right to pour a bucket of shit over the rest of us.”
    - To Former Labour politician, Jim McClelland (on the phone)

    Fucking animals.
    - On the Press

    Go and get a job!
    - To a University student protesting about fees
    Those are great.I can just see Joe Willson coming up with a few choice ones to describe Pelosi and Reid !Lets see if I can come up with a few ?

    "But I will never get to the stage of wanting to lead the House standing in front of the mirror each morning plucking the eyebrows here and a Collagen Injections there a neck and chin wrinkle pasted over with face paste: It's like putting bloody Bondo putty the car fender ’."
    -on Nancy Pelosi

    What we have got is a maggot infested dead carcass, swinging in the breeze, but nobody will cut it down to replace him.
    - On Harry Reid


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