With the Iowa Caucuses behind us, attention now turns to the other handful of white people who will choose Barack Obama's general election opponent — the citizens of New Hampshire. Just who are these gatekeepers of retail democracy?
As luck would have it, New Hampshire's constitutional makeup offers unique insight into the id of its citizenry. With 400 severely underpaid Members of the House representing 1.3 million residents, the state relies on citizen legislators rather than professional politicians for much of its policy-making. Unfortunately, some of these citizen legislators are crazier than a Statehouse rat…
New Hampshire House Bill 1148 would "require evolution to be taught in the public schools of this state as a theory, including the theorists' political and ideological viewpoints and their position on the concept of atheism." [...]
Jerry Bergevin, a Republican who introduced HB 1148, went further, telling the Concord Monitor that atheism was linked to Nazism and the 1999 Columbine school shooting.
"I want the full portrait of evolution and the people who came up with the idea to be presented," Bergevin said. "It's a worldview and it's godless."
Bonus points for strict adherence to Godwin's law. Plus, the legislation itself is prima facie evidence against evolution. But it gets a few demerits for unoriginality. You can do better, New Hampshire…
House Bill 1580…requires legislation to find its origin in an English document crafted in 1215.
"All members of the general court proposing bills and resolutions addressing individual rights or liberties shall include a direct quote from the Magna Carta which sets forth the article from which the individual right or liberty is derived," is the bill's one sentence.
King Obama wants to shove another infrastructure spending bill down our throats? Lay down some Clause 23 learning on his royal behind: "No town or person shall be forced to build bridges over rivers except those with an ancient obligation to do so."
Thinking of making some modifications to the criminal justice system? Let Clause 54 guide the way: "No one shall be arrested or imprisoned on the appeal of a woman for the death of any person except her husband."
But why stop at the 13th century? Where in Hammurabi's Code does it say New Hampshire has to participate in a health insurance exchange? Checkmate, Obama.
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