Is anyone else as sick-and-damned-tired of the right-wing authoritarians as I am? I am at the point where I am ready to say the hell with ’em. You know how Colorado and California have some counties that want to break away and secede from their states? I look at what is going on in Topeka and Jefferson City, and I want to get the counties that comprise the rest of the metro area on board and secede from Kansas and Missouri. Screw those clowns. Frankly, I’m tired of supporting them and would prefer to keep ALL of my non-federal tax dollars local. Since we take care of ourselves and our own anyway, it would benefit us. We would have more money to work with, and get more for our purchasing dollar, too. The Kansas City metro area is a significant amount of the tax base of two states, and, frankly, we’re sick of being embarrassed by the goobers and morons in the respective state houses who siphon off our hard earned money and
spend it piss it away on wingnut things like defending unconstitutional laws, while we buy things like scientists and labs and infrastructure.
Both Kansas and Missouri passed extreme and blatantly unconstitutional gun laws this legislative session. The Kansas law has already been effectively struck down by the Ninth Circuit Court, when it ruled that a virtually identical Montana law was unconstitutional. The Missouri law was vetoed by the Democratic governor and might be overridden by the crazy people my kin seem intent on sending to represent them. My favorites have been the pandering jackasses and cowardly lions who knew it was unconstitutional, but voted for it any way.
State Representative T. J. McKenna, a Democrat from Festus, voted for the bill despite saying it was unconstitutional and raised a firestorm of protest against himself. “If you just Google my name, it’s all over the place about what a big coward I am,” he said with consternation, and “how big of a ‘craven’ I was. I had to look that up.”
The voters in his largely rural district have voiced overwhelming support for the bill, he said. “I can’t be Mr. Liberal, St. Louis wannabe,” he said. “What am I supposed to do? Just go against all my constituents?”
As for the veto override vote, he said, “I don’t know how I’m going to vote yet.”
You have no idea how pissed off this makes me.
I’m sure the voters Mr, McKenna is pissin’ down his leg in fear of each and every one call themselves Constitutional Conservatives. And that makes him a gutless wonder for not telling them they need to read all of it, not just the back half of the Second Amendment, which they seem to recite like it’s some sort of Vedic chant. He needs to tell them to actually read it in it’s entirety, but he can feel free to point out the first half of the Second Amendment — the part about the “well-regulated militia,” as well as Article VI, where they will find the Supremacy Clause.
So to answer the craven coward McKenna’s question…Yes! You damn sure go against ’em when they wave their copies of the Constitution in the air while demanding that you do something blatantly unconstitutional, or they won’t vote for you. You go against them in that instance, or you most certainly are a craven coward, in fact, you become the perfect embodiment of a craven coward. (And THAT, by the way, is the correct usage of both the noun, “coward”; and the adjective, “craven.” That constituent is a dumbass who not only can’t even form a good insult, both of them must have flunked tenth grade English.)
Beyond that, I would pay good money to see Ben Franklin unload on both McKenna and his dumbass constituent. The oath he swore affirms that he will uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Missouri.
Oath of office of members of assembly–administration–effect of refusal to take oath and conviction of violation.
Section 15. Every senator or representative elect, before entering upon the duties of his office, shall take and subscribe the following oath or affirmation: “I do solemnly swear, or affirm, that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and faithfully perform the duties of my office, and that I will not knowingly receive, directly or indirectly, any money or other valuable thing for the performance or nonperformance of any act or duty pertaining to my office, other than the compensation allowed by law.” The oath shall be administered in the halls of the respective houses to the members thereof, by a judge of the supreme court or a circuit court, or after the organization by the presiding officer of either house, and shall be filed in the office of the secretary of state. Any senator or representative refusing to take said oath or affirmation shall be deemed to have vacated his office, and any member convicted of having violated his oath or affirmation shall be deemed guilty of perjury, and be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit in this state.
Willful violation of the oath of office is grounds to be removed from said office. The Attorney General should file criminal purgery charges against every legislator who votes to override the veto on this bill, or at least the ones who have admitted in the press that they know it’s unconstitutional. (He ought to. He won’t, but he ought to.)