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WHAT OTHERS SAY: Missouri House wins the triple crown of right-wing porn

Friday, May 10, 2013 | 11:33 a.m. CDT

Let’s leave it to Sen. Brian Nieves, R-Washington, to put into perspective what happened Wednesday night in the Missouri House.

"I just passed the most Hard Core 2nd Amendment Bill, perhaps in the country," Mr. Nieves tweeted, after the House sent House Bill 436, sponsored by Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Peters, to the governor with a veto-proof margin.

How hard core is the so-called "Second Amendment Preservation Act"?

The bill seeks to nullify any and all past and future federal laws that might infringe upon Missouri’s interpretation of the Second Amendment, which is very different from the Supreme Court’s and which can be summarized thusly: Anything goes.

Seriously. Anything.

The bill — which, if not vetoed, will clearly be ruled unconstitutional on multiple grounds and will never actually become law — seeks to nullify even the 1938 Federal Firearms Act. That law, among other things, made it illegal for criminals to transport weapons across state lines.

Welcome to Missouri, felons. You're free to do what you wish. But beware, law enforcement officers: It will be a crime now in Missouri (theoretically) for you to take a gun from a criminal.

The House (and the Senate, which had already passed the bill), didn't stop there. It also passed two of Mr. Nieves' bills based purely on conspiracy theories. The first, Senate Bill 267, while never mentioning Sharia Law specifically, is meant to solve a nonexistent problem in Missouri, the application of any "foreign" laws that might be "repugnant" to the state in the court system.

The law exists solely to send an anti-Muslim message. It's hateful. It's repugnant on its face. It passed with nearly every Republican in the Missouri legislature voting for it.

The second bill of Mr. Nieves' that was sent to the governor, SB 265, makes it illegal to enforce a United Nations' resolution called Agenda 21 that has no force of law anyway. It's one of the right-wing's goofiest conspiracies, that jack-booted U.N. forces under the banner of "environmental sustainability" are going to come into Missouri and tell us how to live and, as part of the process, literally take our land using eminent domain.

The goal of Agenda 21, adopted by the U.N. in 1992, is to encourage countries to worry about the future of the planet. It's purely voluntary. The United States (which barely recognizes climate change) hasn’t signed on to it.

Still, nearly every Missouri Republican voted to make it illegal to enforce a directive which has no power of law and never will.

What makes the entire Wednesday night agenda more absurd is that the House actually had something serious to talk about: education reform. But Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, didn't bother to start the education discussion until after taking meaningless votes on fantasy bills that will never have any effect on a single job or constitutional right for any Missourian, ever.

The education bill, SB 125, was supposed to be Mr. Jones' priority, yet he couldn’t pass even the most watered-down version. Keep in mind, much of the bill mimics what the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is already doing in terms of implementing teacher evaluations. Other parts of the bill were very bad. We're glad it died.

But the discussion was important. Mr. Jones didn't even let the opponents speak.

Perhaps some of them were wearing blue and he thought they were undercover spies for the U.N.

If you're wondering how this happens in an actual legislative body, it's helpful to study Mr. Nieves' history.

When he ran for the Senate in 2010, the Republican leadership supported his primary opponents, correctly identifying him as an ideological extremist. After winning, Mr. Nieves was accused in a police report by a Republican political operative of holding him in his office against his will, throwing him up against the wall and threatening him with a gun.

Talk about hard core.

Now Mr. Nieves is in Republican leadership, and his paranoid delusions are being passed off as laws.

This is Missouri in 2013: Brian Nieves is taken seriously.

Supreme Court Justice Stewart Potter once famously wrote of pornography that it was hard to define, but "I know it when I see it."

In many ways, that's what the Missouri legislative session was on Wednesday night. It was pornography for gun-toting, anti-federal-government, Obama-hating conspiracy theorists.

Hard core.

Copyright St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Reprinted with permission.


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Comments

Derrick Fogle May 10, 2013 | 2:11 p.m.

Nice analysis of the abject nutjobbery that passes for governance and representation in Missouri these days.

These people are wasting time, and wasting our tax dollars, and NONE of this legislation will improve Missouri's economic prospects one bit. More likely, just the opposite.

If the legislation is porn (and I do agree the use of the term here is accurate), the passing of it is... masturbation.

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Matt Wilkinson May 10, 2013 | 2:34 p.m.

Well stated Derrick. What a bunch of clowns wasting time and money. The hypocrisy should be staggering but is really nothing less than what we've come to expect from these playground politicians. Their salaries should be docked for the time spent on this ridiculous enterprise.

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Tony Black May 10, 2013 | 4:50 p.m.

They are only patting themselves on the back for doing nothing. I talked with the "analyst" (read bodyguard) of one of our reps yesterday who tells me there are many good people in JC, and many who know nothing and do not want to know. They are there purely for self promotion. It's fairly easy to tell which is which.

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frank christian May 10, 2013 | 9:35 p.m.

It is easy to tell, which is which in the above trio. they all jump on the stlpd bandwagon against their MO Republican controlled legislature.

The Post as usual, lied about U.N. Agenda 21. "The goal of Agenda 21, adopted by the U.N. in 1992, is to encourage countries to worry about the future of the planet. It's purely voluntary. The United States (which barely recognizes climate change) hasn’t signed on to it."

Heritage Foundation:
"Abstract: Agenda 21, a voluntary plan adopted at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, unabashedly calls on governments to intervene and regulate nearly every potential impact that human activity could have on the environment."

Our legislators see the dangers of the U.N. and pass laws to protect us. The above LIBERALS bother not, to discuss the benefits or even the disadvantages of the legislation and only waste their time bad mouthing the legislators. What a bunch!.

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Mark Foecking May 11, 2013 | 3:34 a.m.

This legislative session has showed how little useful work a legislature can actually accomplish in doing anything about issues that matter to regular people.

I suspect part of push behind SB 267 is the theory that the UN is trying to make gun ownership in the US illegal. That is of course nonsense, but a lot of the reason they passed these other bills are nonsense also.

As far as Agenda 21, it's a non-issue. The UN is a toothless tiger. Our environment feeds us and gives us fresh water, and we need to take care of it, but any regulation of it will come from our legislators, not the UN.

If they do anything, it might be sending peacekeeping troops to Syria.

Our legislature might as well not have been in session this month. Job poorly done, guys...

DK

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frank christian May 11, 2013 | 7:26 a.m.

"The UN is a toothless tiger." With American liberals like Geo. Soros and Lawrence Summers working there to, among other things, extract 100B$ annually from the haves for the have nots, in the name of the planet? U.N. troops have never done anything toward "peacekeeping" except turn around and come home at first sight of danger. As stated by the Chair of the Kyoto climate meetings in answer to a reporter's question about the belief of the people in "global warming", we at U.N. prefer to work with governments rather than people.

Only another liberal would refer to U.N. as "toothless".

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Corey Parks May 11, 2013 | 8:10 a.m.

Its not the UN I worry about it is the US politicians doing there bidding. First thing I would do it put out a resolution stating that the UN will begin paying for their property in NY and I would have all funding cut to nothing over the course of 4 years.

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Ellis Smith May 11, 2013 | 9:36 a.m.

"La suerte de los Tontos." Old Hispanic saying.

[Translate, and apply to whatever groups and/or situations you prefer.]

BTW I'm with Corey on this. However, intervention by some international organization isn't needed to wreck the United States of America; we have lots of home-grown "wreckers." We are awash with "Tontos."

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frank christian May 11, 2013 | 10:33 a.m.

"Its not the UN I worry about it is the US politicians doing there bidding."

Pick your poison. Is U.N. less dangerous, or more so, with U.S. politicians in the act? Fact is, it is the progressive, liberal, socialists of both entities that endanger "we the people" and our way of life.

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