Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Republican Virginia House Of Delegates Member Wren Williams

Williams is concerned about what Virginia children are taught in schools, so he introduced House Bill No 781, “relating to public elementary and secondary schools; student citizenship skills; certain instructional policies prohibited, parental rights; disclosures; penalties; other remedies.”

Among the provisions offered by the patriotic Virginian is approval of public schools teaching “the founding documents,” including the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, excerpts from the Federalist Papers, the writings of the Founding Fathers and Alexis de Tocqueville’s“Democracy in America” and “the first debate between Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.”

You know, the guy standing next to Abe here:

Wait: are you sure you have the right Douglass/ Douglas, Wren? Might it be this Douglas…

or this one…

…or even this one?

How can anyone take seriously an education-related bill offered by a representative this ignorant? You know what really imperils democracy? Political parties running grandstanding idiots who know nothing about their own country, its history and institutions, and lazy, apathetic voters giving the power they are unfit to wield.

Now the Virginia Division of Legislative Services, a nonpartisan state agency that helps lawmakers draft bills, has fallen on its sword and taken the blame, claiming Williams sent them a “historical (sic.) accurate” text and the agency inserted the wrong Douglass.

I wonder what Republicans promised to get that. No, I do not believe the cover story. At all. I will believe it when the entire management of Virginia Division of Legislative Services and whoever allegedly exchanged Stephen O., the Douglas who opposed abolition, for Frederick Douglass, the eloquent black foe of slavery, fired for gross incompetence.


Pointer: Washington Post

4 thoughts on “Incompetent Elected Official Of The Month: Republican Virginia House Of Delegates Member Wren Williams

  1. Oh, I had to look a couple times at that paragraph before I actually saw that it was Douglass and not Douglas. The mind sees what it expects to see.

    I don’t think they were public, but it seems like Lincoln and Douglass did have some substantial debates during the war, and Lincoln eventually mostly won him over.


    My absolute favorite Douglass quote:

    “Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters US, let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth or under the earth which can deny that he has earned the right of citizenship in the United States.”

  2. Here’s what I think probably happened. Wren made the error, and it slipped by Division of Legislative Services, making him look stupid. They were given a choice of accepting the blame and covering for him, or getting wiped out.

  3. And that’s why I would never belong in politics. My brain is rarely focused and I mix up names and other words often. On the other hand, I proofread carefully for that same reason.

  4. And our president keeps referring to the current vice president, his vice president, as the president. And no one makes a peep. Only the Daily Mail, a British paper, records it. Honestly Jack, if this guy weren’t a republican, would anyone notice? No.

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