Well, I have to admit that I missed a real doozy of a blog post/op-ed penned by one of our esteemed state Senators, Bill Cook back in August. Cook serves in the First District, which includes Beaufort. The Beaufort Observer has the op-ed online and a link to the full original on Cook's blog.
You might not have heard much about Cook, but he's introduced a number of bills that include nixing a healthcare exchange and Medicaid Expansion for NC, giving permanent license plants to churches, prevent public availability of information on gun permit holders, and give the option of a Bible study elective for public school students.
It seems Senator Cook has a burning issue to discuss with his constituents. I wonder what that might be?
Plotthound has a lead story about a terminally angry atheist liberal beseeching “rich liberals” to “buy a state”..... like Art Pope “bought North Carolina”. Hatin' Art Pope must be a religion with that crowd! It is such a reoccurring theme among terminally angry liberals and their terminally angry media stooges.
Hey Bill Maher “go suck an egg”. I Like Art Pope and I Agree With Art Pope..... and at least 65+% of “the people of North Carolina" apparently do too. So there!
The three most popular occupations for NC Liberals:
* Running an abortion mill
* Growing marijuana
* Hating Art Pope ..... it's a entire cottage industry for those creeps.
It goes on from there, if you care to read the rest and can handle the seemingly random assortment of bolded text, italics, exclamation marks and all caps that make this resemble one of those Nigerian scam emails.
Now, I might not be the brightest bulb in the package of energy-saving Duke Energy provided CFC lightbulbs, but I have the distinct impression that Senator Mongo is trying to tell us that he likes Art Pope and believes that North Carolina liberals have a few qualities that he finds offensive.
I could be wrong, of course. Microsoft Word tells me that Senator Cook's column is written at a seventh-grade reading level. As a 1970s product of the North Carolina education system, which had only updated their Dick and Jane books to the editions that included Black people when I was in third grade, I just might be misinterpreting what Senator Cook is really saying.
Regardless, I point out this op-ed as a little example of the kind of discourse that passes for stately and appropriate public statements by our current crop of Tea Bagging Republicans. When I first saw this little screed, I thought it was some joke cooked up by one of Senator Cook's arch-nemesis Liberals to poke fun at the apparent illiteracy of Republicans. But, no, this column is real.
In all my years of following politics, I'm hard pressed to think of another piece of writing by a public official that is so childish, poorly written, and devoid of anything resembling a coherent point.
Voters in the First Senate District actually elected this person to public office? Voters actually believe that someone that assembled words, sentences and paragraphs into this word salad mishmash of tripe is capable of representing their interests in the legislature?
I'm not one to make fun of someone because of their writing style - everyone has their own unique voice when they speak or write in public. However, to be a productive member of society, one must be capable of a minimal mastery of the English language in order to communicate ideas that go beyond simple grunts. I can't say I agree with someone like Rush Limbaugh, but even he is capable of assembling a misogynistic hate-filled soulless rant with some style and, at times, emotional grace.
If you're a Liberal or progressive, I urge you to print out Cook's little masterpiece and pin it next to your desk. It should serve as a stark reminder of the kind of person North Carolina voters seem to be willing to elect to office.