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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 07:17 PM
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Joe Wilson: Member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans....
...Voted to keep the Confederate flag flying over the SC state capitol.

A further investigation of Wilson and the House Immigration Reform Caucus (HIRC)

The Nativists Behind The Man Who Called Obama A Liar

Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) has received a lot of attention for calling President Obama a liar last night when he asserted that undocumented immigrants will not benefit from health care reform. Most commentators and politicians have denounced Wilsons unruly behavior, though not enough have bothered to highlight the inherent fallacy of his accusations. Undocumented immigrants are in fact explicitly barred from receiving any health care benefits under both the House and Senate bills and a closer look at all those who restlessly suggest otherwise sheds some light on the radical nativist underpinnings of their anti-health care reform crusade.

To begin with, Wilson is a member of the Southern heritage group, Sons of Confederate Veterans, which favors secession and defends slavery. Crooks and Liars further reports that, as a state legislator, Wilson went against his own party and voted with seven lone right-wingers to keep the Dixie Rebel flag flying over the South Carolina state capitol building.

As a federal lawmaker, Wilson became a member of the House Immigration Reform Caucus (HIRC), a group of (mostly Republican) representatives founded by former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO) with the mission of stopping the explosive growth in illegal immigration, reversing the growth in legal immigration, and halting amnesties. Other notoriously anti-immigrant members of HIRC include Steve King (R-IA), who described immigration as a slow-motion Holocaust, and Lamar Smith (R-TX), who equates undocumented immigrants with terrorist weapons. HIRC members Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), and King all proclaimed that undocumented immigrants would receive health care benefits long before Wilsons outburst. The two Republican representatives, Rep. Nathan Deal (R-GA) and Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV), who proposed amendments to the House health care bill that wouldve added stringent citizenship verification mechanisms are active members of the HIRC as well. Heller and Deal also lead the fight to overturn the 14th Amendment and end the policy of automatically granting anyone who is born in the country US citizenship.

Wilsons reaction last night was certainly out of line, but his indefensible fit of temper was illustrative of a larger discussion taking place amongst HIRC members and anti-immigrant groups who see the health care debate as yet another opportunity to promote their nativist agenda by advancing illogical fears, misplaced anger, and calculated misinformation...


More:
http://wonkroom.thinkprogress.org/2009/09/10/joe-wilson... /

Still think his outburst was "spontaneous"?

Wilson's last tweet before the speech:

@congjoewilson

Happy Labor Day! Wonderful parade at Chapin, many people called out to oppose Obamacare which I assured them would be relayed tomorrow to DC
7:59 PM Sep 7th from TwitterBerry
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notadmblnd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 07:24 PM
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1. I dont' think anyone here is surprised by the fact he is a bigot
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Barack_America Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 07:27 PM
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2. No, but the media is giving his claims of health care for illegals attention...
...so it should be known what his agenda is in that regard.
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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-10-09 08:34 PM
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3. Now that he has flown over the radar,
this is the time to take a closer look at him.
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