Wah! What a complete and total baby! Once again, I am amazed by how ridiculous elected leaders in our country behave. A few days ago an 18 year old girl from my area went to Topeka for a field trip. Her class had to endure some dumb comments made by Sam Brownback, our illustrious governor and wannabe President that nobody wanted. Emma Sullivan, the girl, was bored by Brownback's comments so she tweeted a joke to her friends: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.”
Believe it or not, Brownback's staff actually searches daily for offensive and disrespectful comments made about Brownback on the 'net. What a complete douche bag. As a tax paying citizen of Kansas, I am infuriated that this is actually part of someone's job description and that my tax dollar are paying for it.
After Brownback cried to his mommy, I mean Communications Director, this woman contacted Emma's school and demanded an apology for being "disrespectful" and her school is pressuring Emma to do it. WTF? Is this 1939 Berlin?
First of all, why is the school even involved? Yes, this was a school field trip, but Emma has parents and if you have a problem with Emma it needs to be taken up with her parents not her school! Unless Brownback is sending a clear message to our school districts: We are watching you and if you want our funding you will keep your students in line.
If Emma was my daughter she'd be in trouble for lying (she didn't actually talk to him). We'd talk about how the Internet is forever and not at all private - if she puts something out there, she'd better be prepared to defend it. But she would NOT write an apology. In fact, I'd go to battle with the school over that one. They could kick her out for all I care and I could join the millions of homeschoolers in my great state - only I'd teach evolution and sex ed.
The second problem I have is that Brownback's office is trolling the Internet looking for anything that might tarnish his image. You can't just silence someone who doesn't like you, Brownback.
And my third problem is, how did they find Emma? Most teenagers that I know have their Twitter, Facebook, et al. accounts locked down so that only their friends can know who their full names. How did Brownback's office find out her name? As a parent this would frighten me. If Brownback can find her, any perv can.
It just seems like Brownback is reaching and really abusing his power. Fuck you, Baby Brownback and your little minions too.
What happened to freedom of speech? Since when can't we tell our politicians what we think of them? Sure, it was a tad immature, but she's a high school kid! And at the end of the day, Brownback DOES blow and I'm thrilled she knows it. I live in Kansas where I feel like I'm surrounded by a right-wing Christian army of lemmings all waiting to jump over God's cliff when the anti-Christ comes to Planned Parenthood, so it is nice to see a girl who realizes Brownback DOES suck and isn't good for our state. After all, what companies would want to bring their headquarters to a state with such a record for ignorance?
You know, I WISH Emma had been able to tell him he sucks, because it would have been refreshing for someone to tell him to his face instead of having to blog about it and then be threatened by his office, which by the way makes him even more immature than Emma. How old are you, Brownback? You're an elected politician. If you can't take heat from a random 18 year old and her silly tweet, then how can you be expected to do your job?
Since Emma didn't have time and now it appears she'll probably be hit with a gag order, I'm going to tell you all the reasons why I think Brownback sucks and I dare him to tell his Communications Director to tell her assistant to tell a staffer to tell an intern to call me (eh, they'll probably call my daddy or my husband since I'm a silly woman) and demand an apology.
I am a registered voter in Kansas. I am an adult with an opinion that I like to share. I believe in the Constitution and the freedom of speech. I'm not yelling "Fire" in a movie theatre, I'm just saying "Bite me, you pussy."
Brownback has cut all of our state's funding for the arts (the only state in the union without it), he's so pro-life he's actually taken out ads saying Romney isn't and thinks a woman who was raped should be forced to keep the child (Fuck you very much on that one, Governor), he voted to ban gay marriage and called it a social experiment (But when hetero divorce is at 50% THAT'S not an experiment. Nope, people are really taking those vows seriously unlike the gays would.), he must really have a hard on for gays, because he also voted no on adding sexual orientation to hate crimes (I guess gays just have it coming?), he voted to loosen restrictions on cell phone wire tapping (I can expect that tomorrow, I'm sure), he does not believe in evolution and refuses to fund the classes in our schools (And don't worry, folks, sex ed will be next), he voted against background checks at gun shows and he was given a 100% rating by the Christian Coalition for his pro-family voting record ('nuf said). You can see his complete record here.
You might wonder why I stay here if I'm so displeased with my Governor.
Well, I live in my own little bubble here in Kansas. I live in a beautiful city where the cost of living is low so I can afford a lovely home and I can travel and get the hell out of town when I want (or pay for an illegal abortion, if necessary). My kids attend award winning schools and I just teach them evolution and sex ed at home. I can afford to be self-employed in Kansas and work from home - the best of both worlds for my family values.
I've lived in other cities around the country and it isn't any better. Kansas is just the lesser of the evils for me.
Even though Emma probably wasn't as polite as she should have been, at least she wasn't this bad.