Quote of the Year - Rabid PSH Edition
(parts 1 and 2 are here and here)
I think that many people...[garbled]...we're gonna be overwhelmed by the well-organized gun owners. They've all gotten the e-mails from the gun people. They've all gotten the, you know, cries about the Constitution, et cetera, and...which I totally reject.
Setting aside the immeasurably offensive nature of such a comment, here's what makes that one of the most arrogant and hypocritical things I've heard come out of a politician's mouth in along time.
From Rep. Kjellman's own webpage:
Elected treasurer of Merrimack County Democratic Committee, then Secretary, and currently Vice-Chair, doing grass-roots organizing, encouraging others to participate in the democratic process. Currently serving on the bi-partisan Henniker Route 114 Development study sub-committee of the Henniker Planning Board. An active participant in the New Hampshire primary process.
Yes, in her deluded little corner of the universe, engaging in grassroots efforts to encourage others to participate in the democratic process can only be done by people who agree with her.
When her side does it, it's democracy.
When our side dies it, it's just a bunch of crazy "gun people" babbling about this outdated concept of Constitutionally-protected rights and individual liberty. That she belittles and demeans so readily our grassroots efforts speaks volumes as to where her head is at.
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the Merrimack County Democratic Committee uses e-mail distribution lists to send messages to its members, alerting them of pending legislation and the public hearings related thereto.
You know, just like those nasty "gun people" do.
This woman is something else. I'm trying real hard to keep my commentary here on a civil plane. After all, I wouldn't want to be accused of trying to threaten or intimidate anyone with any imprudent choice of words.
Oh, speaking of threats, be sure to watch the ending of that clip, where Dave talks about Kjellman's threat to have her son (a Army Reservist, who spent a year in Iraq) hack his website if his coverage of her fails to portray her in a light she deems favorable.
(previous posts on HB1354 here, here and here)
UPDATE: Robb Allen suggests in the comments that by only posting the first half of the quote, it might leave the reader with a false impression of what she was trying to say. I see it as her clearly saying she rejects the "cries about the Constitution", not the constitution itself. Though that interpretation wouldn't be too far off the mark, as far as I'm concerned.
So in the interest of fairness, here's the full transcription (as best I can do) of what she had to say in that portion of the interview.
I think that many people...[garbled]...we're gonna be overwhelmed by the well-organized gun owners. They've all gotten the e-mails from the gun people. They've all gotten the, you know, cries about the Constitution, et cetera, and...which I totally reject. This is...I don't believe that this is an unconstitutional, um, bill. The, um...many, many statehouses have similar bills, and they're constitutional. It's con... You know, it's not against the second amendment to, uh...
There you go.