It’s not the policy points or the delivery that’s got you talking about President Obama’s healthcare speech. It’s those two words that Joe Wilson called out during the speech: ‘you lie’. Listen closely at 1’28 into this video.
John McCain says, “There is no place for it in that setting, or any other, and he should apologise for it immediately”. But plenty of right-wing bloggers are celebrating his actions – claiming the President’s assertions needed to be challenged regardless of protocol.
Did you think it was acceptable?
What’s the tone of political discourse in your country? Do politicians maintain the level of civility and respect that you want? Is it essential to getting things done? Or are there times when you want to see a politician expressing him or herself using direct, emotional and even rude language?
Does protocol sometiems get in the way of productive debate?