Friday, January 27, 2006

Legislating for Dummies

This is friggin' unbelievable.

With a racheting deficit and no end of it in sight, wars and rumours of wars abounding, a devastated region of the country receiving inadequate post-Katrina assistance, and corruption and scandal rife throughout the GOP, what does a valiant state senator from Florida decide is a terribly pressing issue? Why that ol' distractive standby, "assaults" on the godly nature of the Pledge of Allegiance. And Boy Scouts.

By way of Pensacola Beach Blog comes this ridiculous little item. State senator Ken Pruitt has introduced the -- ready? -- The Boy Scouts and Pledge of Allegiance Protection Act, designed, it appears, to fight the good fight and oppose godless liberals and "anti-God forces." Pruitt is soliciting money, of course, for his "push" on the legislation. As Pruitt claims,
Part of my purpose is to force liberals in the Florida Senate to take a stand one way or the other.
And he intends to
impeach any judge in Florida who votes to overturn this law.
What the other part of his purpose is remains unclear, though I expect it can be gleaned from the existence of just those very calamities listed above. When things look bad, toss out the God card.

I would like to believe the majority of Americans are getting a little weary of this Republican ploy, but who knows. I thought religious pandering had peaked when resident House moron Jo Ann Davis (R-VA) introduced H.R 579, titled,
Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the symbols and traditions of Christmas should be protected
I guess that was incorrect.

By attaching the Boy Scouts to the Pledge of Allegiance fight, Pruitt has effectively offered a piece of legislation, though I am loathe to use that word to describe this piece of shit, which no one could vote against without some qualms. After all, who can be against the Boy Scouts? Not child pornographer Boy Scout leaders. Only America-haters are against the Boy Scouts.


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