Stark Raving Mad

I just love it when one of my liberal acquantances tells me that I need to be more tolerant. I love it when I’m asked if I’ve ever questioned what I believe. I really love it when people tell me that I’m incapable of being reasonable because I’m politically conservative, and conservatives need to be more open-minded.

During Obama’s speech last week, Republican Jim Wilson shouted, “you lie!” when Obama talked about certain aspects of his healthcare reform. Democrats, in true fashion, immediately called for Wilson to be censured. Where is all the huff and puff when one of their own acts like a real neanderthal?

Where were they when Rep. Pete Stark threatened to throw a journalist out the window for nothing more than asking a question?

Or when Stark accused Republicans of sending troops to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the Presidents’ amusement?

Let’s go back a little further, though, shall we? Back in 1990, when Stark first started banging the drum for socialized healthcare, Dr. Louis Sullivan–a black man–opposed Stark’s Democrat plans openly. Stark couldn’t offer a single intelligent rebuttal, but he could insult Sullivan by saying, “you are a disgrace to your race and your profession.” Sullivan came back with a sarcastic, “I guess I should feel ashamed because Congressman Stark thinks I am not a ‘good Negro…as a Cabinet member who has spent almost four decades of my life dedicated to healing…(I) am unable to express my own views without being subject to race-based criticism by those who are not ready to accept independent thinking by a black man.”

Good for Sullivan for standing up for his beliefs. Stark the bully never changed, though. In 1995, Stark called Republican rep. Nancy Johnson a “whore” for the insurance industry when she refused to support his healthcare schemes as well (he also said that her only knowledge of health care was gained from “pillow talk” with her husband, who is a physician). Where were all the feminists when that happened?

In 1999, California state welfare director Eloise Anderson (a conservative) openly opposed life-long welfare entitlement. Stark called her a “baby killer,” saying, “she’d kill children if she had her way” because she refused to agree with Stark that some people are entitled to get welfare checks for their entire lives.

Then, in 2003, the House was about to begin hearings on pension fund legislation. Republican rep. Scott McInnis began reading the bill and rep. Bill Thomas began trying to drown him out. McInnis demanded that Thomas and Stark be quiet, and Stark began taunting him: “Oh, you think you are big enough to make me, you little wimp? Come on. Come over here and make me. I dare you.” Such a display is bound to shock anybody; Stark couldn’t just stop there, though. He continued, “You little fruitcake. You little fruitcake. I said you are a fruitcake.”

Think that was it? Think again! Stark went way over the top when he called McInnis a “c–ksucker.”

Then there was the incident with one of his constituents, Daniel Dow. Stark toed the line with 49 fellow Democrats on refusing to support a resolution that condemned the abuse at Abu Ghraib, but offered unbending support for the troops in Iraq. Dow, an enlisted soldier who had just returned home from Kosovo, wrote Stark a strongly-worded letter and faxed it in. To his utter shock and surprise, Dow came home from running errands to find a voicemail from his representative–but it wasn’t nice in the least. Stark told Dow he didn’t know what he was talking about, then told him that if he’d cared about enlisted people, he wouldn’t have supported the resolution, either. He went on to tell Dow that someone had likely put him up to it, because there was no way he was smart enough to actually write his own letter, then promised to call back to tell him how “great a god damned hero” Dow was.

Wow. Where were all the outraged Democrats when Stark was behaving like a neanderthal? Oh, wait, I forgot…he’s allowed to speak and act like a rap star because he’s a Democrat and a liberal, and as we all know they’re the only ones who know how to be tolerant.

Now remember, everybody…you have to be tolerant and open-minded!

(UPDATE: Here is the text of the letter and a link to actually hear the voicemail left for Dow by rep. Stark.)

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11 thoughts on “Stark Raving Mad

  1. “Now remember, everybody…you have to be tolerant and open-minded!”

    Yes. My mama tells me to always take the higher road.

    As for Joe Wilson, before I had never heard of him. Now he is all over the news. If he wanted attention, then he got it. He’s either a loud mouth with no class, or he is crazy like a fox and played Obama like a violin.

    Oh…on a different note, I watched his speech and was not seized with the desire to hurl.

  2. People have not taken enough vocabulary classes in the United States. They use “tolerance” like it’s supposed to mean “celebrate.”

    Tolerance doesn’t mean anything of the sort, it means that you do not search for ways to destroy or end something. You can not like something, you can discuss your dislike of something, you can think something is wrong and still tolerate it.

    The state of education in America is appalling.

  3. Isn’t this the same weblog that criticized liberal’s supposed penchant for for diverting attention away from their own bad behavior by saying “you do it too!”? Now it seems that there’s a giant double standard, or you’ve forgotten your own rules.

    And contrary to what you may believe, there is an actual reason to call for Joe (not Jim) Wilson’s censure. He violated House rules. According to section 370 of the House rules manual, members may not:

    * call the President a “liar.”
    * call the President a “hypocrite.”
    * describe the President’s veto of a bill as “cowardly.”
    * charge that the President has been “intellectually dishonest.”
    * refer to the President as “giving aid and comfort to the enemy.”
    * refer to alleged “sexual misconduct on the President’s part.”

    I’m curious to know how many members violated that last one…

    P.S. I watched that whole exchange, and I don’t know if my volume is on the fritz, but I never once heard Stark threaten to throw anyone out of a window. Although, Stark was a dick, calling the guy’s education into question and basically asserting an intellectual superiority.

  4. Then according to that rule, Robert, nearly every Democrat on the floor needs to be censured, including Pelosi, Schumer, Reid and yes, Stark.

    As for the threat to throw the journalist out the window, it’s at the tail end. You can’t miss it. Stark tells the journalist, “now you get the f*ck out of here, or I’m gonna throw you out the window.”

  5. “Then according to that rule, Robert, nearly every Democrat on the floor needs to be censured, including Pelosi, Schumer, Reid and yes, Stark.”

    That’s funny, because I don’t remember any of them calling the president a liar while in chambers. And if Schumer or Reid did, then it’s not against the rules. Those rules only apply to House members for some reason.

    I remember listening to Randi Rhodes’ radio show four or five years back, and she told a story of her first meeting with Joe Biden. She asked Biden why he was so reluctant to call President Bush a liar, after he danced around it with words and phrases like “misleading”, “not entirely truthful”, and “disingenuous”. According to her, his response was: “Why do you have to pick the hardest thing to do?”

    I assumed that type of response was indicative of Democrat’s general wussiness. But perhaps, they’re really just not as outright rude as some on the right…

    “As for the threat to throw the journalist out the window, it’s at the tail end. You can’t miss it. Stark tells the journalist, “now you get the f*ck out of here, or I’m gonna throw you out the window.”

    Okay, I caught it that time. What a douche.

  6. I believe that Joe Wilson should be publicly reprimanded. While I may agree with what Joe Wilson was feeling, he acted inappropriately. The President of the United States should not be heckled by a congressman during a joint session of the House and Senate.

    On the other hand I also agree with Mel that there is a hypocrisy from the left about “tolerance”. Perhaps the real problem is that it is easy to see another person’s flaws and difficult to see our own. Isn’t there a scripture in the Bible that says that?

  7. I agree that Wilson (Joe, not Jim, thanks for correcting me) should be reprimanded; he should have saved his sentiment for a more appropriate time. But I have not seen one ounce of outrage over Stark’s idiotic, sophomoric actions and words.

    It gets better, though–last week, he told a constituent IN A PUBLIC TOWNHALL MEETING that he wouldn’t “pee on your leg, it would be a waste of urine” (or something to that effect).

    Cyberpunk, the scripture you refer to is in the book of Matthew, chapter 7.

  8. The President IS a liar, Robert.

    We have millions of illegals that have wormed their way into our country, wormed their way into the system of American life as we know it, and have cost us lots of money and lives with regard to crimes from illegals being here.

    The government wants to run healthcare after showing us what they can do with Medicare AND Social Security. Plus they cannot even get rid of the illegals that are here.

    No matter WHAT THE LEGISLATION SAYS, illegals will wind up getting it.

    Wilson is right, Obama is a massive liar and is the most clueless President in history. I guarantee Wilson will win re-election especially now that Democrats have already started playing the race card against him.

  9. Sorry guys, I do not agree. When someone is blatantly lying about something so important like 1/7th of the US Economy, they should be called out right then and there. I am so excited for 2010 so that this horse’s ass is held 100% accountable.

    The only downside is that liberals will call all of the Republican bills sent up to him ideas of the President as they did with Bill Clinton.

  10. “The President IS a liar, Robert.”

    Is this really coming from the same folks who still, to this day, believe that Iraq possessed WMDs? This is such a laughable accusation, that I’m actually a little shocked that I’m even responding to it…

    “We have millions of illegals that have wormed their way into our country, wormed their way into the system of American life as we know it”

    Yeah, I don’t know what I was thinking when I had the idea that conservatives’ arguments have racist undertones. My bad…

    “The government wants to run healthcare after showing us what they can do with Medicare AND Social Security”

    Right, and last time I checked, neither failed to make a payment or write a check. And again, the government does not want to “run” health care, it wants to provide people with choices and competition, and make it so that the uninsured can have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that they’re not one illness away from financial ruin. Look, I agree with Dr. Howard Dean; if insurance companies would agree to submit themselves to fair and tough regulations, we would drop the notion of a public option in a heartbeat. But since they’re unwilling to stop financially raping people, there really is no other course of action short of a single payer system.

    “No matter WHAT THE LEGISLATION SAYS, illegals will wind up getting it.”

    I have to be honest, that sounds completely paranoid. Illegals get access to health care now via emergency rooms, yet I don’t see you people clamoring to scrap the current system. And the fact that you acknowledge that your party’s claims are indeed baseless by mentioning the legislation, which outright defuses any argument to the contrary, is all the proof I need to know that you people can create the most outlandish of arguments, all of which are demonstrably false, and regurgitate them as if they’re gospel. It’s uncanny…

    “Wilson is right, Obama is a massive liar and is the most clueless President in history.”

    It’s funny that the same folks who came up with the idea of “death panels” (and the perpetually hilarious idea of running its most famous utterer as a legitimate candidate for the highest office in the land) now have the unmitigated gall to label anyone as clueless. Why don’t you go ahead and rattle me off one lie that the president has told there, Shirley. Then we can talk about who’s clueless…

  11. “It gets better, though–last week, he told a constituent IN A PUBLIC TOWNHALL MEETING that he wouldn’t “pee on your leg, it would be a waste of urine” (or something to that effect).”

    I know, I saw that. A big part of me thought that was hilarious, because the guy was standing there spouting off talking points that were clearly untrue. If this jackass (Stark) hadn’t had a history of disrespectful behavior, I’d be willing to just laugh it off, but he’s clearly just an asshole…

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