This Joe Wilson outburst has gotten me thinking. The new mantra of the right is holding themselves to the standards that outspoken liberals did when Bush was in office. Fair enough, tit-for-tat, eye-for -eye. Your cock is small, so you feel the need to make sure you get your comeuppance (God forbid one side in this ridiculous political system take the high road.) Knock yourself out proving how different your party is from the other. But where is all the outrage about how unpatriotic this is? Because I know there is a very large constituency out there that would've had a field day had someone besides a 'family values conservative' done such an act. It is terribly predictable that only one side is outraged, and the other is shrugging their shoulders. I can see it now "Harry Reid outburst has conservatives fuming over lack of respect for president." Before this turns into an us vs. them (NO CONS ARE THE WORST...NO LIBERALS ARE FUCKS) beauty contest. Lets establish that dissent is not a bad thing. Constructive dissent. That means, you know, respecting certain settings. One of those would be a presidential address to congress. Another would be a press conference (shoe throwing incident). Just a few examples. Be dissentful, but for fucks sake get ahold of yourself if you are an elected official. Hypocrisy among our electorate and elected officials is maddening. Blow the whole damn thing up as far as I'm concerned. Instead, lets make this a bit more constructive. Should elected officials be able to act like children, just like most protestors do when they get up on their soapbox? Is this an elected official following the lead of his constituency? Go with it where you want...but this thread isn't intended to showcase specific examples of hypocrisy, we all know both sides are fucked in their own wonderful way.