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Indiana Democrat: Fleeing State Is Like Serving in Afghanistan



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Via HoosierPundit, a glimpse at the enormous self-regard that fleeing Democratic state lawmakers have for themselves: Indiana Democratic state representative Dave Cheatham explains why he fled across the state line rather than stay in the state capitol and provide a quorum for a labor-reform bill:

CHEATHAM: The thing that sticks in my mind, I guess, more than anything else — and this is something that has happened. My wife teaches first grade. This past week, one of the kids in her class, a little first grader’s dad is getting sent to Afghanistan. And he was really sad. And she said, ‘Eell, you know, your dad is doing something really good. He’s going to a country where people there are trying to take away the freedoms of other people there, keep them from living a good life. So he’s leaving to do something good.’ And one of the little girls in class just on her own — and this has never been talked about in class, because my wife doesn’t do that — said, ‘It’s kind of like Mr. Cheatham, he left to make our schools better.’ And when I heard that, that gave me a reason —” (drowned out by applause.)

Oh, I see. Fleeing the state and refusing to show up for work as a state legislator is just like serving in the U.S. military in Afghanistan! And I guess that would mean Republican state legislators are the Taliban and al-Qaeda in this metaphor.

Perhaps Mr. Cheatham would like to reconsider his remarks.


Tags: Indiana , State Legislatures


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