There are a couple of news stories that caught my attention upon which, in my mind, the media should really place more focus. It’s not so much the story’s relevance, it is the fact there are certain stories that make me feel better about me as a person.
An item that picked up a little traction was a viral video posted on YouTube featuring New York Senator Charles Schumer waving to Snookie, a cast member of “Jersey Shore,” in the terminal at Ronald Reagan Airport near Washington, DC. Despite trying to get her attention, Senator Schumer found himself unable to compete with younger (and only partially better-looking) fans who believe that, as far as the pop culture portion of the public eye is concerned, Snookie is as good as it gets.
There is the moment in the video where one of what I am presuming are Snookie’s bodyguards asks Snookie if she knew her Senator was waving to her. Like many young people, she is so engrossed in thinking about that question that she plays with her mobile device.
Snookie, of course, does not bother to answer. In her defense, she probably does not even know what a Senator is. She probably thinks the Senator is a new brand of press-on nails or even a distant cousin to The Situation. Plus, I have been more than tempted to ignore some of my local elected officials when they wanted my attention for one reason or another. I’m not sure they would remember, though. Thanks to this past election cycle, I’m sure they are used to being blown off.
Why does this story make me feel better about myself? I really don’t care enough about “Jersey Shore” to wave to any cast member. Now I could care enough to trip Snookie or The Situation.
Speaking of wishing I was not bothered by elected officials, this brings me to the red meat of my submission. Since I posted my thoughts about this subject last year, District 7 Delegate Rick Impallaria told me, in fact, took the time to read my article, which he only found because he entered his name on the Google News alert, which emails him every time an article mentioning his name is published. I figure this is a good time to get him to read another article of mine. Hi, Rick!
Here is another thing happening since the publication of last year’s article. Delegate Pat McDonough has been outdoing himself in a way that only he can. Inspired by Arizona’s immigration law, Delegate McDonough now wants to have a similar law take effect in the State of Maryland. Ah, yes. The border state of Maryland is constantly under threat from foreign invaders. Virginia was a part of the Confederate States of America, which took up arms against soldiers wearing the uniform of the United States Army! Even West Virginia was a part of this treasonous activity before it decided to separate from Virginia. Go for it, Pat! Save us from these invaders to our south! You will be my new hero! And while we’re at it, let’s look at the illegal Amish coming in from Pennsylvania! Isn’t it great that we have a Pat McDonough to help us address these pressing issues?
Of course, my major concern is that the sarcasm in the previous paragraph comes through. There is no way to sugar-coat this one. Pat McDonough is The Delegate Who Cries “Wolf Without a Green Card!”
In the past couple of years, Delegate McDonough has criticized the federal government more times than I have yelled at my television during an Orioles game. So it makes perfect sense to me that he is now introducing the Federal Law Enforcement Act. Not only will this bill “provide intelligence, training, and financial assistance from the federal government from the burden of prosecution and incarceration,” it pretty much hands control of local and state matters over to the federal government! Yes, the same federal government that Delegate McDonough feels is wasting resources and warranted the Arizona immigration law that he supported in the first place. Waving a white flag on the State’s right to defend herself against non-English speakers, Delegate?
Another pet project of Delegate McDonough’s is a tax day protest. This may seem commonplace in today’s society, but this one caught my eye in particular because of the name of the protest. This protest has been deemed by McDonough as the No Unnecessary Taxes Protest, or as he’s thoughtfully called it: the NUT Tax Protest. He even provides an eye catching first line (Are You a N.U.T.?) on his press release that can be found on his website.
“Are You a N.U.T.?” Whenever someone tells me that they support McDonough and his varying stances on issues, I often pose that same question.
These questions are not entirely unfounded. I mercifully skewered him in a previous submission to The Dagger (I say mercifully because I didn’t write the piece in a foreign language so he wouldn’t have an aneurysm trying translate), but now I have to take him to task for a couple of notable factual inaccuracies in his NUT Tax Day post. He mentions how Governor O’Malley needs to work with Republicans in the state legislature by noting how this was done in one other state. When he writes about Minnesota’s legislature acting in the best interests of the taxpayers, he writes, “Democratic Governor Pawlenty joined with Republicans in the State Legislature to defeat a 5 billion dollar tax increase that would cost the average Minnesota family up to an extra $500 a year.”
Delegate McDonough, I don’t know if you know this, but being a Republican, you should know that former Governor Tim Pawlenty is a member of the Republican Party. I’m guessing that is why he worked so well with the Republicans in the State Legislature on the budget. Way to find an act of reaching across party lines when, in fact, there was none.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Just look at the fact that he was not only a strong McCain-Palin supporter at the Republican National Convention in 2008 and is one of the 2012 Republican Presidential hopefuls. Now, I know you stated in a speech to the Reform Party Convention in 1996 that you were a Democrat because you were afraid of having your electricity cut off, but that doesn’t mean that all elected officials who have an “R” next to their name ever had that same fear.
By the way, Delegate McDonough, you also said in that 1996 speech that you support terms limits for yourself and other elected officials. How is that coming along?
McDonough then goes on to write that “Minnesota is a unique state because it has three major political parties – the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, and the Democrat Farmer Labor Party.” Wrong.
Minnesota does have three active political parties. They are the Republican Party, the Independence Party, and the Democratic-Farmer-Labor (DFL) Party. The DFL was formed when the Democratic and the Farmer-Labor Parties in the state of Minnesota merged. Democratic candidates listed on the ballot in the State of Minnesota are often referred to as “DFLers.” The Independents in Minnesota had a successful candidate for Governor in 1998 in the person of Jesse Ventura. In 2002, Governor Ventura appointed his budget director, Dean Barkley, to finish off the remaining term of U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, who died in a plane crash days before. Barkley even gained enough votes in the 2008 election to have the Republican and Democratic candidates, Norm Coleman and Al Franken, split their vote 42-42, with Franken emerging as a close winner.
By the way, Governor Pawlenty is a Republican. I know I mentioned that before, but I just feel I had to mention that. People like McDonough seem to remember stuff if it is repeated. Simple stuff, too, I’ve noticed. “Governor Pawlenty is a Republican” can even fit on a bumper sticker!
Now, I don’t expect much of my elected officials, but I do expect them to do research.
Delegate McDonough wrote in his tax day proposal he would like to meet N.U.T.s to take part in his protest. I don’t know if they would like to take part in his protest, but I invite Delegate McDonough to meet two NUTs that I have known for a very long time. I sincerely hope he will greet both of them with a big kiss. If certain sects of Tea Partiers are warning Americans to “Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You,” then I might as well give them something to fear. The sight of my N.U.T.s going to a tax protest should instill a reasonable amount of fear in people of all political stripes. Who says nothing can bring Republicans and Democrats together?