Over the last few days, we’ve seen a couple of public outbursts that have stunned a lot of people.

The first was Wednesday night during President Obama’s speech to Congress, where Congressman Joe Wilson of South Carolina reacted to something the President said by calling him a liar from the balcony.

The second was Serena Williams losing her control at a critical point in her Tennis semifinals match and berating a lines person, and subsequently being penalized that cost her a chance to go into the finals.

We see these lapses of judgment more often lately, and whether people apologize or not, the lack of decorum is staggering. However, there’s something else that’s happening a lot lately, and I’m of the opinion that it’s time some things change in this regard.

Just how many times is someone supposed to apologize for their lapses of judgment? How do we determine that every single lapse of judgment is the same thing, and deserves to be judged the same?

What Joe Wilson did was embarrassing, but he got caught up in the moment. He immediately apologized; let it go. What Serena Williams did was embarrassing, but she got caught up in the moment; let it go. These were minor issues overall. No one got hurt. There wasn’t anything premeditated in any of those things that either one of them did. Let’s move on.

What’s worse is someone like Glenn Beck calling the President a racist, saying he hates white people. Someone tell me which family member President Obama hates more, his mother or his grandmother, if he’s racist. These are the types of people who need to be watched, who believe they’re allowed to say whatever they want to say as it regards race, and then saying the rest of us just don’t understand.

The first amendment doesn’t guarantee free speech; it never has. But as you know, I’ve always said that people can say whatever they want to as long as they’re ready for the consequences of their actions. Sometimes the consequences don’t match the actions; sometimes they do.

There needs to be perspective on some of these things; not all indiscretions are the same thing.