Monday, February 21, 2011

Never Sublime, Always Ridiculous

by Dick Mac

Tea Party Republicans now control the Montana Legislature. Some of the major pieces of legislation that they have put forward have been compiled by a blogger named Montana Cowgirl, who prefaces her list by writing:
This is not a joke. These are real bills, and they are currently taking priority in the Montana legislature.

Legalize hunting with hand-thrown spear (Senate Bill 112)

Create fully-armed militia in every town (House Bill 278)

Allow legislators to carry weapons in the Capitol (Senate Bill 279)

Create an 11 person panel with authority to nullify all federal laws (House Bill 382)

Allow guns in schools (House Bill 558)

Eliminate educational requirements for persons seeking job of State Superintendent of Schools (House Bill 154)

Lift nuclear ban for purpose of building a nuclear reactor in the Flathead Valley (House Bill 326)

Withdraw the United States of America from the United Nations (Senate Joint Resolution 2)

Eliminate all state incentives for developing wind power (House Bill 244)

Omit Barak Obama’s name from the 2012, ballot because his father was born outside of America (House Bill 205)

Compulsory marriage counseling for people seeking a divorce (House Bill 438)

Give sheriffs authority over the federal government in terror investigations (Senate Bill 114)

Legalize hunting with silencers (House Bill 174)

Lift the prohibition on carrying concealed weapons in bars, churches and banks (House Bill 384)

Eliminate law that requires landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors (House Bill 354)

Require the federal government to prove in court that the National Parks were lawfully aquired. (House Bill 506)

Officially designate the "Code of the West" as the "Code of Montana" (Senate Bill 216)

If I remember correctly, attempting to dismantle the federal government (that is, the United States of America) is treason, or sedition.

Well, perhaps the teabaggers will learn that running a civilized nation is expensive and a lot of work, and perhaps they'll withdraw back into their isolated little worlds and let the grown-ups back in charge.

Actually, they aren't really interested in civilization, so we could be in for a long process of them becoming bored when they realize exactly how dull and difficult governing really is.

Good luck, Montana!

Thanks to Dave for the heads-up


ckb said...

Smith Act! Smith Act! Have we all forgotten what this is and how it is to be employed? I say everyone who advocates dismantling the Federal government or even hints at organizing and participating in an armed rebellion against the President or anyone acting as his agents ought to be hit with the Smith Act. I say go after the big-mouth paid shills first (Palin, Beck, Limbaugh et al.) and then go after anyone in the house or Senate who thinks this sort of rubbish is justifiable, appropriate or desirable.

ckb said...

(should be "House""....)