Both are opinion page headlines from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Jan. 27. I would like to add, "Columnist diagnoses Missouri legislature: Paranoid with schizophrenic tendencies."
Here are my proofs that the Missouri GOP and its legislators are paranoid of the Missouri voters, the citizens of the state of Missouri, the president of the United States and anyone who may be designated as "liberal." Damn, that includes me!
Let's start with Proposition B, the 2010 doggy mill initiative. It was approved by the voters, requiring dog breeders in Missouri to treat their animals more humanely. I did not support this in 2010, but the majority of the state did. I care about that. Yet it seems the Republican-heavy legislature does not. They think you were foolish to pass such a law, and they want to gut it or kill it.
The Republicans have introduced seven House and Senate bills in this attempt. They want to eliminate the limit of 50 breeding dogs. They want to allow kennels with serious violations to go for six months before even thinking about criminal charges. One proposal wants to eliminate the Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act completely.
These are the same Republicans who said they would listen to the people. The people have spoken, and the Republicans ain’t listening. As Kathy Drinnin told the Post-Dispatch, "The move to overturn Prop B makes a mockery of the ballot initiative process."
Republicans are afraid of the citizens of Missouri … very, very afraid.
Their second target is the 2008 voter-approved “Renewable Energy Standard." The law requires the Public Utilities Commission to write some very complicated rules so the state’s dependence on fossil fuels would be reduced by 15 percent in the next 10 years. This is a good thing. The GOP leaders do not think so.
On Jan. 27, the Senate GOP leadership permitted the bill SCR 1 to “disapprove a final order of rule making by the Public Service Commission with regards to the Electric Utility Renewable Energy requirements,” thus preventing the commission from writing any new rules. The GOP has sent Missouri back into the dark ages; more air pollution, more planet destruction and more opposition to the modern world of renewable energy laws. Not to mention the voting public.
So much for Republicans listening to the citizens.
The real target of this plan is Robin Carnahan, secretary of state and former senatorial candidate, using her brother Tom's Wind Capital wind-energy farms as the straw-man target. This has nothing to do with the welfare of the citizens of this state. It is political bickering and a dislike for President Obama and anyone he endorses.
Third, the "Big Government Off My Back Act." Really, that is the name. It is the propagandized phrase used in attempting to negate any federally mandated regulatory enforcement by requiring the Missouri legislature to pre-approve the federal law.
Here is the problem. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled against nullification laws since the Civil War. Nullification laws have not, will not and cannot survive the legal challenge of the Constitution, which the Republicans hold so dearly to their hearts. Article VI, clause 2 says that the Constitution, the laws made by the federal government and all treaties are the law of the land.
I guess the Republicans only remember what they want.
And then there is the multiple personality disorder. HB114 would allow motorcyclists age 21 or older not to wear a helmet. HB 93 would prohibit anyone of any age from texting while they are driving. The Senate Transportation Committee is considering raising the fine for not wearing your seat belt from $10 to $50.
Telling motorcyclists it is OK to kill themselves and other drivers they cannot is proof of disjointed thinking. By definition, schizophrenia.
Who are these people and why did we allow them even to get into office? It’s not my fault; I didn’t vote for them. Did you?
David Rosman is an award-winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at InkandVoice.com and New York Journal of Books.