When I was a kid, each summer my family would take us on vacation. We needed things to occupy us during the long drives to our destination. Often we played a game where you were given a state motto and you had to identify the state. Florida: The Sunshine State, Texas: The Lone Star State. Missouri: The Show Me State. I remember asking what "The Show Me" state meant. My mother said that the people of Missouri felt you had to back up your words with facts. They weren't going to take your word at face value. Therefore, no B.S in Missouri. You had to show me.
So it's with great interest that I read the article about Brian Nieves, a Missouri state senator who has written that he thinks "liberalism" is a "mental disorder." Being a lefty, I was thinking if that was the case, maybe I would qualify for disability. Actually, I was hoping for a handicap parking placard. Parking in LA is at a premium and I can never find a spot when I'm in a hurry. But I digress.
So, according to Nieves, I was sick. I didn't feel ill. As a matter of fact, I was feeling rather normal. So I read on. According the the report by John Celock, Nieves recently posted this on FaceBook:
Barry... I honestly wonder, and I'm being sincere about this, if liberalism is indeed a mental disorder. A person commits a heinous crime, the kind we hear about in the news, and they are not allowed to be executed but an innocent baby who is wrapped in the comfort of his/her mother's womb - Having been created by God - can be literally ripped apart, viciously murdered, and this "Man of God" supports it?!?!?! WOW!!
I see. So if I understand the senator correctly, commission of a legal abortion is wrong because it's a murder, but killing that person for performing a legal medical procedure is justified. So according to him, some murder is okay, other murder isn't. I don't think I got that memo, but that must be because I suffer from liberalism, that mental disorder.
Well, maybe in reading on, I'll get to understand it, or at least the sage mind of Nieves that liberal philosophy is a mental condition.
The Facebook comment is the latest in a series of bizarre behavior by Nieves. In April,he engaged in an email exchange with a constituent who asked to be removed from his email distribution list. He accused the constituent of being in love with him and questioned his sanity. The constituent dismissed Nieves as a "douchetard."
Of course anyone who doesn't want to be on your email list is in love with you. Isn't that what "douchtard" means? It's a confession of his undying infatuation.
Why are people picking on this senator? I can see how he's not feeling the love (the douchetardiness). My heart goes out to poor Nieves. At least he's just misunderstood, not acting out because of this.
In 2010, Nieves was accused of assault by Shawn Bell, the campaign manager for the candidate whom Nieves defeated in the Republican primary. In a police report, Bell said that he stopped by Nieves' headquarters to congratulate his staff, when Nieves grabbed him, took him into a side room and displayed a gun while threatening to kill him. Nieves' committee chairman said at the time that the two had no physical contact. Nieves denied the charges and the Franklin County prosecutor did not file criminal charges, citing a lack of evidence.
But they did confiscate Nieve's gun. Below is the actual weapon.
I'm sure that was just a precaution so that Shawn Bell wouldn't grab the weapon and use it on himself and claim Nieves shot him.
I think I'm going to sit back and try to take this all in. Now that I know how a sane man acts, I have got to reassess my mental condition and figure out how I can become healthy like Senator Nieves. Maybe I'll go get a gun. I can, because the sane men like the good senator have fought against any restrictions to my second amendment rights to bear arms, and my mental illness doesn't stop me from packing.
Thank the lord there's good men like Brian Nieves to protect us. It's the lord's work he's doing, and he's doing it in such a saintly manner.