On “patriotic” pearl clutching

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“….A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it, and what is one man’s comfort and inspiration is another’s jest and scorn….”

On Friday:

Colin Kaepernick explains why he sat during national anthem
By Steve Wyche
NFL Media reporter
Published: Aug. 27, 2016 at 10:04 a.m. Updated: Aug. 28, 2016 at 04:05 a.m.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has willingly immersed himself into controversy by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem in protest of what he deems are wrongdoings against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

His latest refusal to stand for the anthem — he has done this in at least one other preseason game — came before the 49ers’ preseason loss to Green Bay at Levi’s Stadium on Friday night.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

[….]

Apparently a number of individuals have expressed their outrage at someone else expressing an opinion at a time and place other than what the outraged consider to be acceptable or polite.

From our past, in a time of war, no less:

WEST VIRGINIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION ET AL. v. BARNETTE ET AL., 319 U.S. 624 (1943)

….Symbols of State often convey political ideas just as religious symbols come to convey theological ones. Associated with many of these symbols are appropriate gestures of acceptance or respect: a salute, a bowed or bared head, a bended knee. A person gets from a symbol the meaning he puts into it, and what is one man’s comfort and inspiration is another’s jest and scorn….

….The very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts. One’s right to life, liberty, and property, to free speech, a free press, freedom of worship and assembly, and other fundamental rights may not be submitted to vote; they depend on the outcome of no elections….

….Struggles to coerce uniformity of sentiment in support of some end thought essential to their time and country have been waged by many good as well as by evil men. Nationalism is a relatively recent phenomenon but at other times and places the ends have been racial or territorial security, support of a dynasty or regime, and particular plans for saving souls. As first and moderate methods to attain unity have failed, those bent on its accomplishment must resort to an ever-increasing severity. As governmental pressure toward unity becomes greater, so strife becomes more bitter as to whose unity it shall be. Probably no deeper division of our people could proceed from any provocation than from finding it necessary to choose what doctrine and whose program public educational officials shall compel youth to unite in embracing. Ultimate futility of such attempts to compel coherence is the lesson of every such effort from the Roman drive to stamp out Christianity as a disturber of its pagan unity, the Inquisition, as a means to religious and dynastic unity, the Siberian exiles as a means to Russian unity, down to the fast failing efforts of our present totalitarian enemies. Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard….

….But freedom to differ is not limited to things that do not matter much. That would be a mere shadow of freedom. The test of its substance is the right to differ as to things that touch the heart of the existing order.

If there is any fixed star in our constitutional constellation, it is that no official, high or petty, can prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, nationalism, religion, or other matters of opinion or force citizens to confess by word or act their faith therein. If there are any circumstances which permit an exception, they do not now occur to us….

Yes, that is all about the role of government, but understanding what the Constitution is and accepting it is toddler level basic to being an American.

Clutch your pearls, whine all you want, judge others to your heart’s content, criticize others until you’re blue in the face, but take your self righteousness and shove it. You get no sympathy from me about your personal outrage when someone else expresses an opinion counter to your interpretation of the conventional.

To do otherwise would be un-American.

Oh, and expressing your opinion, which is not binding on others in this country, does not insulate you from an expression of contrary opinions by others.

Welcome to America.

Campaign Finance: propping up the republican incumbent in the 55th Legislative District

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This is what happens when credible and hard working Democratic Party candidates run for office.

Ashley Beard-Fosnow, the Democratic Party candidate in the 55th Legislative District [2015 file photo].

Ashley Beard-Fosnow, the Democratic Party candidate in the 55th Legislative District [2015 file photo].

That could be an interesting conversation – “He fears me more than he likes you.”

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for incumbent Rick Brattin’s (r) campaign in the 55th Legislative District:

C101084 08/27/2016 FRIENDS OF RICK BRATTIN David Humphreys PO Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tamko Building Products Executive 8/27/2016 $50,000.00

[emphasis added]

Doesn’t live in the district, can’t vote for the candidate.

Again, why would a very wealthy republican from Joplin care enough to drop $50,000.00 on the race in a “safe” legislative district in west central Missouri. Unless, of course, someone was worried about having enough votes for “right to get paid less” in the future.

That’s a hell of a lot of money from one person for a legislative district race. Does the incumbent republican really need the help?:

C101084: Friends Of Rick Brattin
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Republican
Raymore Mo 64083
Established Date: 03/04/2010
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $6,299.48
Monetary Receipts + $750.00
Monetary Expenditures – $358.79
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal $391.21
Ending Money On Hand $6,690.69

[emphasis added]

That inspires confidence. Not. Yep, someone needed some serious propping up.

The same report for Ashley Beard-Fosnow (D):

C151120: Beard-Fosnow For House Of Representatives
Committee Type: Candidate
Party Affiliation: Democrat
905 Eve Orchid Drive Greenwood Mo 64034
Established Date: 06/22/2015
[….]
Information Reported On: 2016 – 8 Day Before Primary Election-8/2/2016
Beginning Money on Hand $32,178.08
Monetary Receipts + $1,734.00
Monetary Expenditures – $2,485.32
Contributions Made – $0.00
Other Disbursements – $0.00
Subtotal ($751.32)
Ending Money On Hand $31,426.76

[emphasis added]

Representative Rick Brattin (R) on the House floor [2013 file photo].

Representative Rick Brattin (R) on the House floor [2013 file photo].

That explains a lot.

Previously:

HB 291: keping misooree stoopit (January 25, 2013)

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. “ (February 8, 2013)

HB 1743: the reviews are in (December 14, 2015)

HA 4 to HCS SS SCS SB 663: open season (May 12, 2016)

Campaign Finance: A bit nervous, anyone?

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Interesting.

Kyle Garner (D) at the Missouri State Fair Governor's Ham Breakfast [2016 file photo]

Kyle Garner (D) at the Missouri State Fair Governor’s Ham Breakfast [2016 file photo]

Kyle Garner (D) is the Democratic Party candidate in the 52nd Legislative District.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for incumbent Nathan Beard’s (r) 2016 campaign in the 52nd Legislative District:

C141066 08/27/2016 BEARD FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES David Humphreys PO Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 Tanko Building PRoducts Executive 8/27/2016 $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

Tanko!

Why, in this district that’s enough money to make the rubble bounce. Or is it?

Why would a very wealthy republican from Joplin care enough to drop $25,000.00 on the race in a “safe” legislative district in central Missouri. Unless, of course, someone was worried about having enough votes for “right to get paid less” in the future.

Campaign Finance: one step at a time

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That’s how you raise campaign funds when, unlike your opponent, you don’t receive $1,000,000.00 campaign contributions.

Teresa Hensley (D) [2016 file photo].

Teresa Hensley (D) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Teresa Hensley’s (D) 2016 campaign for Attorney General:

C151147 08/26/2016 TERESA HENSLEY FOR MISSOURI Western Missouri and Kansas Laborers District Council PAC 8500 Ward Pkwy Kansas City MO 64114 8/25/2016 $25,000.00

C151147 08/26/2016 TERESA HENSLEY FOR MISSOURI Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters PAC 29210 SE County Road Aa Blue Springs MO 64014 8/26/2016 $10,000.00

C151147 08/26/2016 TERESA HENSLEY FOR MISSOURI Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC 1 Court St Alton IL 62002 8/26/2016 $20,000.00

C151147 08/26/2016 TERESA HENSLEY FOR MISSOURI Husch Blackwell LLP 190 Carondelet Plz Saint Louis MO 63105 8/26/2016 $5,001.00

[emphasis added]

Working people and people who need to have an Attorney General’s office which actually works. That says a lot.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: actual experience doesn’t matter if you have enough money – part 2 (August 24, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Is it any wonder?

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Republican Eric Greitens fires up fall campaign for Missouri governor
7:37 PM CDT Aug 26, 2016

….Greitens stump speech Friday did not go into specifics. When pressed by reporters later about how he would grow jobs and raise wages, he talked about making Missouri a right-to-work state….

That’s not a particularly effective message for any organized labor outreach.

Chris Koster (D) [2016 file photo].

Chris Koster (D) [2016 file photo].

Yesterday at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Chris Koster’s (D) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C031159 08/26/2016 KOSTER FOR MISSOURI Simmons Hanley Conroy 6814 Goshen Roaad Edwardsville IL 62025 8/26/2016 $50,000.00

C031159 08/26/2016 KOSTER FOR MISSOURI Chipp Political Account 1401 Hampton Avenue 3rd Floor St Louis MO 63139 8/24/2016 $265,000.00

[emphasis added]

They understand.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: the right to spend as much as you want to influence elections in Missouri (August 25, 2016)

Campaign Finance: working people, acting collectively, are not entirely defenseless (August 25, 2016)

Campaign Finance: just passing through (August 26, 2016)

Campaign Finance: just passing through

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….Yes, but the eventual republican nominee will have all the money they need….

At the time we wrote that we didn’t say where we thought it would all come from, but we probably could have made a good guess. Something along the lines of “not from Missouri”.

Erics Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

Erics Greitens (r) [2016 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for a republican PAC subsidiary intent on weighing in on Missouri’s gubernatorial race:

C161011 08/26/2016 REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION – MISSOURI REPUBLICAN GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION 1747 PENNSYLVANIA AVE. NW STE. 250 WASHINGTON DC 20006 8/24/2016 $2,500,000.00

[emphasis added]

That’s not particularly enlightening about the actual source of all that cash. We could guess that it’s not coming from an aggregation of contributions from widows and orphans in Missouri. Wait, we’ve seen that address, with a different “Suite” number, before.

And, sure enough, faster than you can say “that’s not at all grassrootsie” Eric Greitens’ (r) not particularly grassrootsie 2016 gubernatorial campaign gets a really, really, really big non-transparent campaign contribution:

C151053 08/26/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Republican Governors Association – Missouri 1747 Penn. Ave. NW Suite 250 Washington DC 20006 8/26/2016 $2,500,000.00

[emphasis added]

Well, isn’t that special? It makes you wonder why anyone else would bother making a contribution.

Look, some other people and entities made really small contributions to Eric Greitens’ (r) campaign today:

C151053 08/26/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Dan Drury 3329 Shenandoah Ridge Cape Girardeau MO 63701 Midamerica Hotels Corp Executive 8/25/2016 $15,000.00

C151053 08/26/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Mark Gerson 225 W. 86th St. Apt. 1112 New York NY 10024 GLG Chairman 8/25/2016 $5,001.00

C151053 08/26/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Missouri Chamber PAC 428 East Capitol Ave. Jefferson City MO 65102 8/26/2016 $25,000.00

[emphasis added]

How cute is that?

Update:

C151053 08/26/2016 GREITENS FOR MISSOURI Cameron Dunafon 4906 Fall Brook Dr. Columbia MO 65203 Dunafon Management INC Self 8/26/2016 $10,000.00

[emphasis added]

And a little more.

Previously:

Eric Greitens (r) – January 2016 Quarterly Campaign Finance Report – “Running for governor in which state?” (January 17, 2016)

Campaign Finance: not exactly a paragon of transparency (August 11, 2016)

Campaign Finance: working people, acting collectively, are not entirely defenseless

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Chris Koster (D) [2016 file photo].

Chris Koster (D) [2016 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for Chris Koster’s (D) 2016 gubernatorial campaign:

C031159 08/25/2016 KOSTER FOR MISSOURI AFSCME 1625 L Street NW Washington DC 20036 8/23/2016 $500,000.00

[emphasis added]

Well, okay.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: the right to spend as much as you want to influence elections in Missouri (August 25, 2016)

Campaign Finance: the right to spend as much as you want to influence elections in Missouri

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It’s their world, the rest of us get to live in it.

Lest we forget, in the Missouri Constitution:

BILL OF RIGHTS
Section 29
Organized labor and collective bargaining.
Section 29. That employees shall have the right to organize and to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing.

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for a family funded PAC:

C151174 08/25/2016 COMMITTEE FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT IN MISSOURI David Humphreys P O Box 4050 Joplin MO 64803 TAMKO Building Products Executive 8/24/2016 $1,000,000.00

[emphasis added]

Before the August primary the very same PAC ran ads against selected candidates (from the PAC’s July 2016 campaign finance report):

MISSOURI ETHICS COMMISSION
DIRECT EXPENDITURE REPORT
COMMITTEE FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT IN MISSOURI [pdf] 7/14/2016

Chris Koster PO Box 1551 Jefferson City MO 65102 Governor [opposed] 4/25/2016 $240,944.00

Chris Koster PO Box 1551 Jefferson City MO 65102 Governor [opposed] 4/25/2016 $42,000.00

Chris Koster PO Box 1551 Jefferson City MO 65102 Governor [opposed] 4/27/2016 $36,940.00

Chris Koster PO Box 1551 Jefferson City MO 65102 Governor [opposed] 6/7/2016 $511,090.00

Chris Koster PO Box 1551 Jefferson City MO 65102 Governor [opposed] 6/29/2016 $96,660.00

Kevin Corlew PO Box 28443 Kansas City MO 64188 State Rep – Dist 14 [opposed] 6/14/2016 $12,472.00

Nick King 1937 Current St Liberty MO 64068 State Rep – Dist 17 [opposed] 6/14/2016 $12,472.00

Bill Kidd 1820 N Ashley Drive Independence MO 64058 State Rep – Dist 20 [opposed] 6/14/2016 $9,052.00

Sheila Solon 2402 Stonecreek Ct Blue Springs MO 64015 State Rep – Dist 31 [opposed] 6/14/2016 $9,052.00

Anne Zerr PO Box 1191 St Charles MO 63302 State Rep – Dist 23 [opposed] 6/14/2016 $14,710.00

Crissy Sommer 901 Boone’s Lick Rd St Charles MO 63301 State Rep – Dist 106 [opposed] 6/14/2016 $10,710.00

That’s a lot of advertising. Right to get paid less anyone?

Chris Koster (D) can probably expect a whole lot more.

Previously:

Campaign Finance: Account…ability (February 23, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Account…ability – part 2 (February 25, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Account…ability – part 3 (March 25, 2016)

Campaign Finance: Tamko! (June 3, 2016)

Campaign Finance: actual experience doesn’t matter if you have enough money – part 2

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Gee, someone must have some very wealthy out-of-state friends. Too bad we can’t tell who they are.

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Josh Hawley (r) [2016 file photo].

Today at the Missouri Ethics Commission for the brand new PAC weighing in on behalf of the republican candidate for Attorney General in the November election.

C161307 08/24/2016 MISSOURI FREEDOM PAC Republican Attorneys General Association 1747 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20006 8/23/2016 $975,000.00

That’s added to the $100,000.00 they kicked in for the same PAC reported two days ago. It’s not particularly transparent or grassrootsie.

And, reported at the Missouri Ethics Commission in the same day from the same PAC, apparently passed through for Josh Hawley’s (r) 2016 campaign for Attorney General:

C151132 08/24/2016 HAWLEY FOR MISSOURI Missouri Freedom PAC 1747 Pennsylvania Ave NW Suite 800 Washington DC 20006 8/23/2016 $1,000,000.00

Gee, they have the same address. Do you suppose they think that Missouri voters (and media) are too stupid to notice or are too lazy to care? Don’t answer that.

Previously:

Understanding your job… (September 5, 2015)

Campaign Finance: actual experience doesn’t matter if you have enough money (August 23, 2016)

Campaign Finance: experience does matter (August 23, 2016)

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