This evening former Governor Roger Wilson (D) spoke at the annual James C. Kirkpatrick Heritage Award Dinner sponsored by Johnson County Democrats.
Former Governor Roger Wilson (D) in Warrensburg, Missouri on March 30, 2013.
The excerpt transcript:
Governor Roger Wilson (D): ….Okay. And now I’m not gonna try to change the tone too much right now. But, for those of you that heard me speak before I’ll usually have one or two good rants in me. And there’s enough to rant about these days.
Before I get started, though, I want to thank the, uh, the group of labor people that are here. I… [voice: “We love you, too.”] [laugh] [applause] Well, I just…
I don’t understand why people don’t get it. What we were doing back in the, in the, in the twenties and in early nineteen hundreds to workers was, was awful. What has transpired has been tremendous. And maybe there’s been some imbalance. But you know what? That’s what, that’s what you have birthdays for. You, you work on those imbalances.
But the attacks that have, that have occurred, uh, in the recent past are just wrong. They’re just wrong. They’re, they’re, they’re part of the systematic unraveling of, of what has built this community. Those wages going up are what supply and fuel Main Street. And it’s that simple. And, and we need to watch out. It’s one of the things that I have on my check list to be careful about. Uh, you know, and if, if labor is wrong then they shouldn’t get it. If labor is right, and they have to fight for it, they should get it. But to, to attack a group or to attack people or to see racism raise its head again or to see all of this stuff that’s going on that it really has a base of hatred in our country, there is no room for it. Period, end of sentence. That’s, that’s not, you know, you’re on the cusp of Easter. And people wear bracelets that say, uh, WWJD. What would Jesus do? What would Jimmy [Kirkpatrick] do? What should we do? This room’s okay. This room’s okay. This community takes care of itself.
But I tell you what, when you fight about gay marriage, when you fight about guns, when you fight about abortion and you spend all of your fuel doing that, then what’s left to address poverty, what’s left to address crime, what’s left to address hunger, what’s left to address health care? If people can convince you to fight a wind mill and exhaust you then you can’t answer the bell when you have to attack those true problems. And we have got to start pinning people down to true problems.
I have a solution on crime, poverty, hunger, even health care. And that is, everybody works. I’m not talking about job creation that’s been kicked to death like a political football. I’m talking about reorganizing our nation so that we finally recognize and inculcate that all work is honorable. And whatever you do or whatever you receive from the government you actually pay for with work. I’m dead serious. I am deadly serious. The resentment that is caused and the political, uh, acrobatics that occur, and you saw this in Mitt Romney’s quote about the forty-seven percent. You know what? That crowbar of division that is being used so effectively politically has got to be ripped out of the hands of the people doing it. Thank goodness you have the Bill Clintons of the world, the Barack Obamas that come along that can enunciate some of the things we ought to do….
INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES JONES (50) (Sponsor) AND JONES (110) (Co-sponsor).
2105H.01I D. ADAM CRUMBLISS, Chief Clerk
Submitting to the qualified voters of Missouri, an amendment repealing section 23 of article I of the Constitution of Missouri, and adopting one new section in lieu thereof relating to the right of Missouri citizens to keep and bear arms.
Be it resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring therein:
That at the next general election to be held in the state of Missouri, on Tuesday next following the first Monday in November, 2014, or at a special election to be called by the governor for that purpose, there is hereby submitted to the qualified voters of this state, for adoption or rejection, the following amendment to article I of the Constitution of the state of Missouri:
Section A. Section 23, article I, Constitution of Missouri, is repealed and one new section adopted in lieu thereof, to be known as section 23, to read as follows:
Section 23. That the right of every citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, family, and property, or when lawfully summoned in aid of the civil power, shall not be questioned[; but this shall not justify the wearing of concealed weapons]. The rights guaranteed by this section shall be unalienable. The state of Missouri shall be obligated to uphold these rights and shall under no circumstances decline to protect against their infringement.
Section B. Pursuant to chapter 116, and other applicable constitutional provisions and laws of this state allowing the general assembly to adopt ballot language for the submission of this act to the voters of this state, the official ballot title of this act shall be as follows:
“Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended to include a declaration that the right to keep and bear arms is a unalienable right and that the state government is obligated to uphold that right?”
[strikethrough emphasis added]
Family feuds must be coming back into fashion, even though the Hatfields and McCoys television “event” wasn’t that good.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, in an excellent editorial that you should read in its entirety, today notes that Tom Dempsey, president pro tem of the Missouri Senate, seems to have had an change of heart when it comes to keeping not only constituents but fellow legislators informed about the issues up for consideration in the legislature. Dempsy, whose campaigns have been well-supported by Ameren, has moved to stiffle a request from a fellow GOP Senator, Eric Schmmitt, for a neutral analysis of the impact of SB 207 which serves to benefit Ameren specifically, while, many claim, hitting up consumers to bear the brunt of potential infrastructure improvements to the investor-owned utililty. This after demanding more transparency from Ameren only a few short years ago when he served as a state representative.
What the Dispatch editorial does not note, however, is that this
Even more anti marriage equality troll excess on Senator Claire McCaskill’s facebook page:
Your official position on same-sex marriage will be changing. From now on, you are for it. As always, thank you for your blind compliance.
….Shame on Claire. You never stated an agree or disagree with the same sex marrage until your lord and God Obama made a stand. If there is actually a statement on recored before he made his politically correct statement. If their is please print it also all the links that I can check on it….
….Claire: Do you love that unborn aborted child? After all, Cell division is proof of life. Human DNA is proof of human life, and Human DNA different than that of the mother is proof of individual human life….
….The common misconception is that you serve the people, but some are aware you and those like you serve yourself. Adults don’t want their lives controlled by what your children think or what you think history will agree with. It usually agrees with who writes it, not fact….
Is that a fact?
The trolls continue:
….What one generation does, the next generation takes to excess. When will it end?….
Uh, when there’s equality for everyone? Just guessing.
….I disagree with your stand Senator. Looking fwd to your leaving office….
The earliest would be January 2019.
….But if your Love and Hope is not in God, then the bible quote will not pertain to you..
You must worship the creator, not the created!! I noticed the post about claire wanting gay marriage in Missouri to pass was deleted, this sort of behavior (gay and lesbian) is an abomination and against the laws of God!! I will still pray for you and those lost to this way of life..
It won’t matter how many times this sort of posts get deleted, or how many fancy distorted ways you advocate for this behavior, you will not escape your judgement day with God, nor will any of us!! I urge you please, reconsider your position on this matter….
Ah, someone with a direct line.
….Clarie’s childern must be queers!….
….So are you pretending to be a christian now.Claire?….
….This is why you’ll be unemployed soon….
Uh, January 2019 at the earliest. Are there no trolls who understand the length of a term for a United States Senator? Seriously?
….Your turning one Nation Under God into One Nation Head to Hell…Marriage is a Biblical joining of a man and a women Government should not have anything to do with marriages….
I think we just met the first person in line who gave up their federal tax advantages when it comes to marriage. Yeah, right.
….A large sedan plastered with republican and anti-choice bumper stickers pulled to a stop as we walked down the street on our canvass. A little old lady (very spry) jumped out and asked us who we were. We told her we were canvassing for Obama. She told us, “Wait a minute, I’ve got something for you.” She pulled forward out of traffic, then jumped out of her car to open the trunk. We stopped our walk in the opposite direction and turned to walk toward the car. As she opened the trunk she turned to look for us and started, saying, “You scared me!”
“You know I’m pro-life.” I replied, “I take it that means you’re against the death penalty and war?” “Oh no, it’s about murdering babies. Do you believe in God? Are you saved, is Jesus your savior? What church do you belong to?” I replied, “I don’t. I’m Jewish.” Without missing a beat she asked, “What about Israel?” I replied, “What about it?” She handed us each a flier and asked us to read it, saying, “Pray on this. I know you’re doing what you believe in.” She turned to go back to her car and we each said, “Have a nice day….”