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Rich Bolen (SCGOP) We support Congressman Joe Wilson and appreciate his bold action

September 10, 2009
Dear Republicans,

I am attaching and pasting a letter to the editor I wrote in support of Congressman Joe Wilson.  I believe it puts this matter in better perspective particularly in lighht of the many calls from across the nation supporting his comment.  The calls haver literally run 3:1 in favor of Joe.  Please give him and Butch a call or email telling them we support him and appreciate his bold action (even if a little discourteous).  The local Congressional office number is 939-0041.

Also please remember that next week is our regular executive committee meeting at the County Council chambers at 7:00 pm.

Rich Bolen, Chairman
Lexington County Republican Party
PO Box 1346
Lexington, SC 29071
803-951-2328 (fax)

September 10, 2009

I want to take this opportunity to express my support and appreciation for our Congressman Joe Wilson during this time of national scrutiny.  While it is clear that Congressman Wilson breached protocol and acted in violation of civil mores when he expressed what many of us were simultaneously expressing to our televisions, the substance of his brief comment is correct and any honest review of President Obama’s comments will concede that.  It is interesting that the media and the left are so offended at this minor breach of decorum but they constantly turn a blind eye to the despicable behavior of many a Democrat committeeman treating witnesses before their committee with disdain and derision and downright rudeness in clear violation of the rules of civility. Remember how Judge Alito was treated so badly by Kennedy et al. that Mrs. Alito left the room in tears.  Where was the outrage then?

President Obama’s call for this joint session of Congress should also be under scrutiny as a breach of protocol.  The U.S. Constitution in Article II Section 3 provides “…he [the President] may, on extraordinary occasions, convene both houses …”  Such a session should not be called lightly and historically has only been used to address a serious national crisis.  This session was not called to address a serious national crisis but was called merely to give President Obama an opportunity to commandeer the national press during primetime to push his healthcare propaganda on the nation at no cost to him.  He chose to misuse his power as President and to manipulate the Congress and demand that they listen to his campaign rhetoric.  He should therefore be prepared to meet some resistance.

Representative Wilson has essentially engaged in civil disobedience by breaking the rules of Congress for a greater purpose, continuing a long and proud tradition in southern politics.  I am sure he is prepared to deal with any consequences his actions and the fair and reasonable Democrat majority require. But for this price and on behalf of the majority of Americans opposed to this government takeover of the healthcare industry he has eclipsed the President’s comments and his two words have had more impact on this debate than all of the grandeur and pomposity President Obama and the Democrats could manage for last night’s event.  Representative Wilson has told the world that the emperor has no clothes and that is the real cause of the outrage on the left and in the media.


Richard Bolen

Chairman, Lexington County Republican Party

4 Comments leave one →
  1. barth permalink
    September 10, 2009 3:12 pm

    Mr. Bolen,
    Sounds like you are apologizing for Wilson’s apologizing. How deep are the holes we can dig for ourselves.

  2. chad permalink
    September 10, 2009 4:31 pm

    All I have to say is “GO JOE!!!!” Don’t ever be afraid to call out someone with a tongue for non-truth.

  3. September 10, 2009 6:46 pm

    It took me almost an hour, but I was finally able to find a site that would let me e-mail Mr. Wilson. It is

    If you just go to you can not get there – you have to use the full address listed above. Apparently they’ve taken down the pages due to high volume.

    I e-mailed my support to Mr. Wilson using the form.

    Unfortunately, our President is either (at best) sorely lacking knowledge and experience that would enlighten his view or (at worst) outright lying. I tend to think it is the later. After all, the President, of all people, should have access to every possible expert. I’ve personally emailed him many of the undisputable facts (especially pertaining to his repeated comments that people will “be able to keep your current insurance”, which are, in reality, untrue statements, as employers will eagerly pay the penalty to absolve themselves of the hassle, manpower requirements, and higher financial expense of keeping a private plan.) Perhaps he should consult with several of his “friends” who are employers…he’d quickly find that line item #2 on the expense sheet is insurance benefits…who wouldn’t want to slice that number down by paying an 8% penalty instead?

    I commend Mr. Wilson for his break from decorum and having the cajohes (to borrow an expression from my immigrant friends) to confront deception (dare I say “evil”?) head on!

  4. joanallegretti permalink
    September 10, 2009 8:48 pm

    We need more people like Joe Wilson, willing to stand up and have a backbone. Yes, maybe it wasn’t the proper thing to do. But it’s about time Republicans had passion.

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