Friday Open Thread [6.28.13]

Filed in Open Thread by on June 28, 2013

First Read: “If there was one overarching theme to yesterday’s big news events — the Voting Rights Act decision, President Obama’s climate-change speech, and Wendy Davis’ filibuster in Texas — we saw key portions of the Democratic base as fired up as we’ve seen them since the Nov. 2012 election. Taken together, this COULD be the beginning of how the Democratic Party attempts to nationalize the midterms and figure out how to motivate its base. And while some of these issues may not appeal to some swing voting groups, remember this: Midterms are about base enthusiasm.”

Pennsylvania State Rep. Brian Sims (D) of Philadelphia introduced a Marriage Equality bill in the Pennsylvania State House after the DOMA decision, and he sought to speak to the chamber supporting his bill. Sims is openly gay, the first openly gay lawmaker in Pennsylvania. And he was not allowed to address the chamber. Why? Because a fascist theocratic bigot disguised a supposed freedom loving Republican, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, raised the following procedural objection:

“I did not believe that as a member of that body that I should allow someone to make comments such as he was preparing to make that ultimately were just open rebellion against what the word of God has said, what God has said, and just open rebellion against God’s law,” Metcalfe had told WHYY of Philadelphia.

I am fracking floored. Metcalfe must be impeached. Whomever sustained the objection must be expelled from the chamber. (Yeah, today I am on a “kicking the evil GOP out of office” theme). For they both have just violated the Federal and State Constitution by endorsing a state religion and approving a religious test, both of which are explicitly forbidden by both Constitutions.

“There’s no free speech on the floor.”

If that is the case, you Christianist pig, then you will never again speak on the floor of the Pennsylvania House. That is, if Democrats have any spine and any courage.

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  1. bamboozer says:

    Pennsylvania seems a state divided at this point, all the urban areas are progressive and all the rural areas hell bent on returning to the past. Sad to see stupidity like this and toleration for it in the first place. Might I add: Think Delaware is bad? Think again.