Feelings. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Feelings

10 Sep

When discussing some topic of any import, it’s a pet peeve of mine when people use, “I feel” when they really mean, “I think.”  I’m not Dr. Phil, so I don’t care what you feel about very much of anything.  I may care what you think, however, because thinking is important when discussing policy or business with people in an arms-length scenario.

So, it’s fascinating to watch many, many conservatives do what they used to accuse liberals of doing – there is a new phenomenon, the bleeding heart conservative.

One need only look as far as the Glenn Beck Carnival Barker Hour on Fox to see an example of bleeding heart conservatism, as Beck weeps for this ‘n that.  More often than not, he’s weeping for the alleged destruction of America by President Commie Muslim Soetoro (CPUSA-Hell).  Which isn’t happening.  So, he’s weeping over nothing.  He’s overcome with emotion about nothing, really. Last night, as I pointed out here, some idiot from South Carolina interrupted the President’s speech with an astonishing outburst unprecedented in recent memory.  After all, when George Bush said Iraq had WMDs, no one yelled out, “liar”!

When we implement President’s Questions, then the backbenchers can go ahead and yell out shit.  In the meantime, they ought dummy up and do the standing-o/sit-don’t-clap dance.

Representative Wilson apologized this morning, and he indicates that he’s a bleeding heart conservative, too.  Expect him to be lauded by the bleeding hearts on Fox and talk radio as some sort of big hero today.

This evening I let my emotions get the best of me when listening to the President’s remarks regarding the coverage of illegal immigrants in the health care bill. While I disagree with the President’s statement, my comments were inappropriate and regrettable. I extend sincere apologies to the President for this lack of civility.

Remember – the President was in the middle of debunking myths and misinformation about his health plan when Wilson screamed.  He was in the midst of explaining that illegal aliens don’t get health care under his plan – something expressly done in the bill.  Wilson screamed, “liar!” The emotions and feelings that prompted him to burst out like a toddler whose toy was taken away probably stem from the fact that his own bullshit was being debunked.

I expect my 3 year-old and my 9 year-old to keep their emotions in check.  Especially in public settings. I think it’s fair to expect the same of adult congresspeople.

14 Responses to “Feelings. Whoa, Whoa, Whoa, Feelings”

  1. Mike In WNY September 10, 2009 at 6:46 am #

    I guess at times it is tough to keep emotions in check when faced with an incompetent government take-over of 1/6 of the economy. Anyone who does not feel real anger is delusional.

  2. mike hudson September 10, 2009 at 9:30 am #

    congressional dems, many of them, actually booed bush during his 2/2/04 state of the union address. i thought it was entirely appropriate and wouldn’t have minded if one of them threw his shoe at the bum, but what goes around comes around, you know? again, obama’s problem is not glenn beck or some rube congressman from south carolina but the fact that 52 percent of the american people now oppose his health care reform and, with or without the public option, he doesn’t have enough DEMOCRATIC votes to get the thing through congress. he managed this by allowing himself to be diverted with minutae like the henry louis gates/cambridge cop imbroglio, the van jones debacle and the school speech “controversy” when he should have been paying attention to getting his own people to side with him on the crucial health care issue. he fumbled the ball and attempts to blame this on anyone other than obama himself, nancy pelosi, harry reid etc. is just a lame attempt at spin control.

    • Alan Bedenko September 10, 2009 at 9:33 am #

      I think it’s a bit premature to declare this thing a failure. Perhaps we ought to wait until it comes to the floor of the House & Senate for a vote.

      But since you didn’t address the topic of my post, I assume you agree with it. And for that you should be commended.

  3. Ward September 10, 2009 at 10:38 am #

    BP — in so far as it is possible to divine the “topic of [your] post” (The congressman was improperly emotional–was that it?), survey says: hudson addressed it squarely.

    As far as waiting until the bill comes to the floor–that may take, like, forever. Current report is that the bill lacks sufficient support among Democrats to pass. (The Whip counts 44 Dems opposed to the public option; 57 Lib Dems oppose without the public option.) Without sufficient support, they will not bring it to the floor and risk embarrassing themselves and the President.

  4. mike hudson September 10, 2009 at 12:07 pm #

    well alan, forgive me for failing to recognize the “topic” of your post. if the “topic” was that glenn beck and rep. wilson are a couple of dicks, i do agree with you, though hardly think that their dickieness is a topic worthy of much discussion or thought. beck’s a clown on television. nobody makes anyone watch him, though it seems as though many in the progressive movement spend an inordinate amount of time doing so. wilson is south carolina’s problem, anonymous in the greater world until his outburst last night. his consituents probably loved it.

    • Alan Bedenko September 10, 2009 at 12:10 pm #

      No, the topic of the post is the fact that the Republican Party has been consumed by people who don’t think thoughts, but feel feelings. Beck and Wilson are but two recent and notable examples of this new bleeding heart phenomenon in American polity. The Republicans have become that which they hated in 70s era liberalism.

      And I thank you for the opportunity to re-state it and clarify it.

  5. Stan P September 10, 2009 at 12:33 pm #

    I still am puzzled by the fact that certain Republicans want any HC plan to fail, regardless of it’s effect on the people they represent. The fact that Mike in WNY and many others still think that the “Government” is proposing to take over 1/6 of the economy, and that there will be Death Committees tells me that they don’t read or listen or read and listen only what they want to hear. Why do we have to listen to these consistantly false proclamations from people who are more interested in power and control than what is good for the country?

  6. mike hudson September 10, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    republicans i know would say that they’ve alwas been the party of feelings, love for god and country springing immediately to mind. they also feel for the unborn, the “sanctity of marriage,” etc. and so on. they can be quite passionate on any number of topics, and have been, even before beck had a tv show or wilson was a congressman. nixon was probably the gop master of feelings, pat nixon’s simple cloth coat and his empathy with the silent majority being classic examples.

  7. Paul September 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm #

    I understand what you are saying about the “Feel” vs. “Think” clarity of communication. At a psychobabble/armchair level of discussion, this misuse is a symptom of a lack of clarity on an individual and social level. People who are unwittingly confusing “feeling” their way through an issue with “thinking” their way through an issue run the risk of falling into the “bambi syndrome” of problem solving. Basically, if they ‘think’ they are forming opinions and/or taking action based on ‘thinking’ when it is actually ‘feeling’ it’s very easy to look into the big brown eyes of the small issue and lose sight of the big picture.

    I think feelings have a place in decision making for everyone, but rational, thoughtful reflection and planning HAVE to be a significant part of it too.

  8. BrianS September 10, 2009 at 6:17 pm #

    Did it EVER occur those who quote poll stats indicating how many Americans oppose healthcare reform, that there is a sizeable amount of people who have been purposely misled by those against reform? Yeah—I would think that if you buy into what the Hannity’s, Beck’s and Limbaugh’s say, you’d be against reform too! Problem is, many of these idiots let these right wing hacks do all their thinking—and they have no idea how out of control the pricing situation is getting for those who need serious healthcare.

  9. get off my lawn September 11, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    Beck is not a registered Republican. Now on the other hand, guys like Schultz, Olbermann and Cafferty are shining beacons of professional demeanor.

    • Alan Bedenko September 11, 2009 at 2:14 pm #

      Beck is not a registered Republican.

      He doesn’t need to be.

      Now on the other hand, guys like Schultz, Olbermann and Cafferty are shining beacons of professional demeanor.

      Well, they don’t cry all the time, but no, they don’t need to be “shining beacons of professional demeanor”.

  10. mike hudson September 11, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    olbermann has indeed cried on tv.

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