I have been paying attention to the political news stories this week and one thing is sticking in my craw. I do not understand the logic that allows Republican voters to support what seem to me to be the outrageous legislative behavior of their chosen leaders. Three Republican moves in particular have me flummoxed.
In Ohio, new Governor and former FoxNEWS anchor John Kasich just signed into a law an anti-union bill that has created a huge backlash from traditional Republican union allies in the national Fraternal Order of Police and the Professional Firefighters.
Chuck Canterbury, the national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said his members are “shocked” by the turn of events.
“Who are these evil teachers who teach your children, these evil policemen who protect them, these evil firemen who pull them from burning buildings? When did we all become evil?” said Canterbury, whose union endorsed Bush in 2000 and 2004 and John McCain in 2008.
He is traveling the country to rally FOP members to rise up against anti-labor laws in their states or in support of their colleagues in other states. “There is going to be a backlash,” said Canterbury, a former county police officer in South Carolina. “We are going to hold them accountable.”
Already, rank-and-file police officers and firefighters who long viewed themselves as separate from the rest of the movement are carrying picket signs, signing petitions and standing side-by-side with their labor brethren.
Eric Cantor, after catching hell for claiming that a piece of legislation could become law by only being passed in the House proceeded to include verbiage asserting as much into his “Government Shutdown Prevention Act.”
(a) Deadline for Consideration of Legislation Funding the Government for the Remainder of Fiscal Year 2011- If the House has not received a message from the Senate before April 6, 2011, stating that it has passed a measure providing for the appropriations for the departments and agencies of the Government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011, the provisions of H.R. 1, as passed by the House on February 19, 2011, are hereby enacted into law.
Lastly, with The Donald ratcheting up his birther rhetoric he has become the new darling of the Michelle Bachmann lead Tea Party movement. In a protest only rivaled in size by, well, every other protest in history, Michelle Bachmann and her not-so-merry band of nut jobs took to the capital to root out the evil Manchurian Candidate of a Kenyan Anti-colonialists non-American born President Obama.
As I said, all of these things have my head spinning. Can’t people see that stripping the rights of police and fire fighters is extreme? Can’t they see that the same people who chose to open their new session of Congress by (selectively) reading the constitution out loud are violating it by writing into a bill that it will become defacto law circumventing the constitutional law making process? And for the love of all things good can’t people see that President Obama’s birth certificate is in fact real? That he would not be able to even hold a fracking passport were it not and that FactCheck.org has spent more time debunking this slander possibly any other urban myth out there?
What am I missing? Well, at this point I simply can’t sit idly by and not figure this damned thing out so I have decided to take drastic action. Beginning today and lasting until this mystery is solved I am going to watch as much FoxNEWS as possible. That’s right, I am going to swallow the vomit that boils forward into my mouth every time I see that logo in favor of some good old fashioned research. Stay tuned to see whether I survive with my wits intact or if I end up in a padded cell mumbling phrases like “European champagne socialists” to myself and eating my own feces.