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Colorado: You Must Be So Proud!

080421102002_04-21-08-bruce-house.jpgA couple of months ago, Colorado State Representative Douglas Bruce made his presence immediately known when, during a prayer, Bruce kicked a photographer who was snapping a photo, which warranted a house censure. A little while later, he refused to co-sponsor a bill honoring military veterans and was booted from the State Veterans and Military Affairs Committee.

I suppose, having gone a few weeks without attracting attention to himself, Rep. Doug Bruce made amends for it yesterday when, during debate over an immigration bill, he boldly declared, “I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don’t think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado.” He was then cut off by the audibly shocked House chairwoman.

Well, he just misspoke, right? Of course, no one would refer to Mexicans as “illiterate peasants” on purpose, right?

“I got to the third sentence of my prepared statement and I was interrupted by the Democratic chair,” said Bruce. “I said, ’ I do not want,’ so I was expressing my view, which was a true statement, ‘that I don’t want up to 5,000 more illiterate peasants coming to Colorado and I certainly don’t want a government program to bring them here.’”

Oh. He meant it? Or maybe he was still high after Boulder’s Bowl-a-Thon!

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The best part is that he later tried the ol' Webster's Defense: "I looked those words up in the dictionary, and based on their definitions, I didn't use them inappropriately." Dude needs to take a freakin' Communication Theory class; it's not necessarily what you say, it's how you say it and what you mean by it, and he knows damn well that "illiterate peasants" has connotations beyond the literal. It's like someone calling me a "glasses-wearing Irish bitch"; I do wear glasses and I am Irish, but why bring those things up as qualifiers of "bitch" if they are merely "statements of fact"? I want to smack this guy; what a tool.

He was appointed, not elected - let's hope he goes away before he can embarrass us much more.

And I don't want douche bags for politicians. And yes, I meant that.