This is awesome. Barack Obama’s comments about Pennsylvanians “clinging to guns and religion” didn’t ruffle enough feathers, so other politicians (on both sides) are going to think that they can start saying slightly rude but true things about other groups of people, and defend themselves, and the whole political system is going to become an more hostile yet more honest thing.
Also, I don’t agree with his attitude, but he does have the right to express his opinion, whether it’s popular or not.
The article says that:
The guy is just stating his opinion. Yes, what he said is hurtful, insensitive and tacky, but it’s his opinion and we live in a free society that holds freedom of speech in high regard. I don’t understand why he would be suspended or expelled for this. The voters should decide in the next election whether he should stay or go.
I just don’t want to live in a world where we can’t freely speak our minds. I’d rather hear idiots like this say stupid things than live in a censored society.
Even the Republicans out here have decided Douglas Bruce is an asshole. He’s been the first person censured by the state house after he kicked a photographer (only 1 rep voted against censure), he got booted from a plum committe assignment by the Republican leadership, and now this. Hopefully this will help us get out from underneath his stupid-ass TABOR amendment.
You know, when a Democrat says something stupid, I generally go to pains to say whether that person is a mainstream Democrat or someone way out on the fringe. Even in the case of elected officials, the fact that we have two broad parties in this country generally means that each has their share of cranks.
As has been pointed out to you, Douglas Bruce isn’t much liked by his own party - a fact pretty plain even from your link. Pity you couldn’t have pointed it out in your OP.
How much damage this will do is anyone’s guess, but I’m glad some housecleaning is going on.
I’ve got to ask for a cite. According to Wikipedia the literacy rate in Mexico is 91.6%. I’d guess that a very large percentage of illegal immigrants from Mexico are literate. It takes huge balls to overcome the obstacles sneaking into the USA. Being illiterate would make a difficult task all the more arduous. I suspect that most of the illegal immigrants I’ve encountered are literate. Most of them don’t speak English particularly well, though.
Maybe*, but it’s still rude to call them that, and that’s what’s being reacted to.
It’s not like anyone’s calling for him to be removed from office or anything. Well, I’m sure some are, but it won’t happen. He’ll just fail to be reelected because of it. What could be more Democratic** than that?
Also, “censure” refers to a formal reprimand with absolutely no punishment attached. It’s a gesture on the part of the legislature to distance themselves from his remarks. No one’s trying to “censor” him.
*I am not calling, implying that, insinuating that, or otherwise inferring that Mexicans are illiterate peasants. Just pointing out that it’s offensive regardless.
Are you guys seriously going to argue that he wasn’t using the word “peasants” as a pejorative? That he purely meant “peasant” in the “a person who lives in the country and works on the land, esp. as a smallholder or a labourer; (chiefly Sociol.) a member of an agricultural class dependent on subsistence farming” sense and not the “a person of low social status; an ignorant, stupid, unsophisticated, or (formerly esp.) unprincipled person; a boor, a lout; (also more generally) a person who is regarded with scorn or contempt, esp. by members of a particular social group” sense? (Definitions taken from the OED.)