Bigot of the Week Award: December 13, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner

13 Dec
BIgot of the Week

Bigot of the Week

Thanks to my dear friend and ally of the oppressed, Bruce Kestelman for supplying this week’s bigot. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R – WI) has a long history of nasty behavior. He helped lead the impeachment hearings of President Clinton and was a primary sponsor of the so-called PATRIOT act. He is a long-time denier of basic science, including climate change. He has supported vicious anti-immigrant laws including the draconian Real ID act. He opposed providing aid to victims of Hurricane Katrina (my how Barbara Bush of him). He threw a famous tantrum as chair of a hearing on PATRIOT act renewal; incensed that Democrats wanted to discuss the civil rights violations permitted in the law, he shut off the lights and microphones in the hearing room and literally took his gavel and went home.

With a career like that, it should come as no surprise that Sensenbrenner finally earns his first BWA. Sadly, he earns it for a stunning display of racism and disrespect. At a meeting in his district, he loudly opposed President Obama’s decision to fly flags at half-mast in mourning for South African President and social justice pioneer Nelson Mandela.

Lowering the flag should be for mourning Americans and not for foreign leaders.

Let’s ignore the fact that US Code stipulates that the President has full authority to decide when to lower the flag and includes international leaders and dignitaries in the list of possibilities. After all, Sensenbrenner has shown that facts aren’t his strong suit. Instead, let’s look at the horrific gall that it takes to spit on the legacy of one of the 20th Centuries greatest leaders. Let’s consider the shocking lack of sympathy for the oppressed around the world — including his own district — who mourned a great man. Lets’ look at the fact that the only reason he was likely to bring it up at all is because it was a decision by that guy in the White House, the duly elected leader of this nation whose every move Sensenbrenner aggressively opposes.

We all earn our legacies. Good ol’ Rep Sensenbrenner just confirmed his. I am curious as to what is with the state of Wisconsin–the state  of  Joe McCarthy, Scott Walker, and Jim Sensenbrenner.

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4 Responses to “Bigot of the Week Award: December 13, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner”

  1. Central Oregon Coast NOW December 13, 2013 at 7:19 am #

    Reblogged this on Central Oregon Coast NOW.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 13, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Nancy, thank you for reblogging this article on this very sad man leaving an awful legacy.

  2. Bruce Kestelman December 13, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    Thanks Michael. Well said! Sensenbrenner is emblematic of all that is wrong, not about conservative beliefs, but about a lack of any interest, other than self-interest. He’s a nasty, mean and uncivil human being who happens to be a long tenured member of Congress. It’s amazing what wealth, being a man and white with privilege can do in this country. It can go to elect folks who have no place being elected.

    Just what is it with the state of Wisconsin who sent as a 2012 member of the Senate the first open lesbian? You can say all you want about Wisconsin and the fact that in 2010 it sent Tea(hadist) Party member Ron Johnson to the Senate, defeating Russ Feingold and then in 2012 elected Tammy Baldwin over popular former Republican governor Tommy Thompson. Can you spell schizophrenic? It also shows the impact that getting everyone out to vote can have. Obama’s candidacy for re-election certainly helped Baldwin.

    What happens when the ALEC drive to reduce voter turnout among poor and elderly folks is codified into law? Significantly gerrymandered states like Wisconsin with a slim progressive margin will lose any ability to influence state-wide and federal elections.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt December 13, 2013 at 10:36 am #

      Bruce, thank you for providing our BWA. I had to laugh out loud when you say: “Can you spell schizophrenic?” It is deeply confusing and troubling how the state of Wisconsin can elect amazing heroes/sheroes like Feingold (whom I would guess we all miss) and Tammy Baldwin (whom I think is amazingly wonderful) and at the same time elect people like Walker and the other Teahadists.

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