The word “idiot” is widely and correctly regarded as uncivil on the web, but sometimes its is simply descriptive, as in the sentence “Assemblyman Jim Wheeler is an idiot.”
Before a local Republican gathering, Wheeler told of an email inquiry he had received asking if he would vote to reestablish slavery if his constituents supported it. He said he replied in the affirmative.
“Thank you, Assemblyman! We’ll have your resignation now, thanks! Please commence your new career as a bait shop proprietor.”
Naturally, after Republicans, Democrats, the governor and the media unanimously condemned his statement, Wheeler protested that his comment had been “taken out of context,” and he was only making the point that he was elected to represent his constituents. …thus again making the point that he still doesn’t comprehend representative government.
As a representative of his citizen constituency, Wheeler isn’t in office to blindly follow every whim of the public no matter how foolish, ignorant, ill-advised, selfish, self-destructive and wrong. As a representative he is obligated to make wise decisions regarding government policy and law, taking his constituency’s needs, wants and opinions into consideration, but always remembering his greater duty to the public as a whole, and to the founding principles of the nation. If Wheeler would vote to re-establish slavery, what wouldn’t he support, if his constituents demanded it? Book burnings? The return of the rack and wheel? Child labor? Legal incest? Heroin in vending machines in the schools? Sending Jews to death camps? Wheeler’s answer is an admission that he lacks common sense, historical perspective, courage, core principles and the brains of a used household appliance.
Assemblymen like Wheeler grow up to be members of Congress who shut down the government for no better reason than their constituents want them to, unless their careers are nipped in the bud. He did everyone a favor by clearly announcing his status as an irresponsible, untrustworthy dolt.
Pointer: Alexander Cheezem
Facts: Talking Points Memo
Graphic: Adorable Wall