By @BGinKC

The next person who tells me that they vote for republicans because they care about personal, individual autonomy and want to be free from government intervention in their lives, I am going to call that person a moron, to their face, and I’m not going to be nice about it. I’m going to be snide, sarcastic, mocking and downright mean.

They don’t give a rat’s ass about personal freedom or autonomy, they just want the government out of the way because the corporations they pay fealty to don’t like the competition or interference. They want to control every aspect of our lives, and they don’t need any government regulation, just the government’s blessing to tighten the screws yet again.

And state senator Will Kraus of Lee’s Summit is just the fascist they’ve been waiting for to carry their water and give those we work for total control over every aspect of our lives.

A Missouri senator wants to expand the kind of job-related misconduct that can disqualify people from receiving unemployment benefits.

Missouri law currently defines employee misconduct as breaking an employer’s rules deliberately.

The bill by Republican Sen. Will Kraus, of Lee’s Summit, would include accidental violations — unless the employee could prove ignorance of the rule’s existence.

The legislation would also broaden the definition of “misconduct” to include violations of an employer’s rules outside the workplace and on an employee’s own time.

Kraus’ bill has been endorsed by a Senate committee and could be debated by the full chamber in the coming weeks.

Yes, that’s right. Kraus wants to give your employer the right to fire you — and deny you unemployment — for actions that violate their policies, even if those actions are perfectly legal and done on your own time. You can already be terminated and denied UI benefits if you do something illegal on your own time, so this is another solution in search of a problem.

Presumably, if this apostasy passes, a Baptist employer could not only fire you for going out to a bar and dancing, but then when you went to file for unemployment insurance, the employer could deny your claim because they have rules against drinking and dancing, and you did both so really the crime is that they can’t fire you twice and why the hell isn’t the state levying a fine against you and funnelling it to them for employing your unctuous, impertinent ass as long as they did?

So no, don’t ever presume to utter one syllable to **me** about the GOP and freedom and liberty and Constitution ever again. Because I will whip out my pocket copy (graciously provided free of charge by that heinous threat to liberty, the ACLU) and recite the preamble (in corporate speak, that’s the “mission statement”) to you:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

I can’t find the words “corporations” or “business interests” or even “on your knees, ungrateful peon!” anywhere in there. Can you?