The Honorable Joe Wilson
So president called unnamed "prominent politicians" liars in his health care speech in a most calculated and misleading way. That was clearly dishonorable. The Congressman from South Carolina shouted out "liar" in a most uncalculating and passionate way at a pretty appropriate time. That was, in a way, dishonorable; the president should be treated with respect in public. On the other hand, it's characteristic of a man of honor to say what's on his mind openly, fearlessly, and without calculation. That Rep. Wilson did. And then he apologized--with genuine regret--in a most manly way--mainly on FOX, which was honorable enough to give him an appropriate venue. He went on to explain in a more respectful way why he was basically right--that his excessively impetuous passion was in the service of truth. So no one has displayed more honor of late than the southern man from South Carolina.
11:10 AM / September 11, 2009