Friday, March 18, 2011


Have you ever wondered what politics would look like if America's backwater, dueling banjo-like, politicians ever took over? Well, look no further than this Dana Milbank piece.

It details some of the backward looking initiatives coming from our Tea Party inspired politicians from across the nation. The article might be funny if it weren't for the fact that some of the proposals are quite serious (with many already made into law). Here's a snippet from the Milbank article:

Some of the proposals are ominous: South Dakota would call it justifiable homicide if a killer is trying to stop harm to an unborn child.

Some are petty: Wyoming, following Oklahoma, wants to ban sharia law, even though that state’s 200-odd Muslims couldn’t pose much of a sharia threat.

Some are mean-spirited: Iowa would allow business owners to refuse goods and services to those in gay marriages.

Some are fairly harmless: Arizona took actions to make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the official state firearm and to create a Tea Party license plate.

And some are just silly: A Georgia bill would require only “pre-1965” silver and gold coins for payment of state debts.

While many Tea Party proponents like to claim their comments are just "jokes" taken out of context, their suggestions - like shooting immigrants from helicopters - are usually followed by comments like this one from a Kansas caucus chairman: “I was just speaking like a southeast Kansas person.”

Great defense ... "I was just saying what everyone else here is thinking." Bring out the banjos.

- Mark

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