Some of the newly elected Alabama republican legislators basic defense of "I'm new and trying to learn my way around down here" is not an excuse to vote for bad bills.
Republicans in the House and Senate are claiming ignorance as an excuse for not understanding the consequences of voting on bills that affect all of us. We have gotten a lot of feedback from various people, on the coal ash bill in particular, and other dogs with fleas being walked around the halls of the state house trying to pass as champions, when they're nothing but real mutts.
When a legislator gets elected, we expect that they have a clue what the job entails, and that they understand they have a great responsibility to be aware all sides of an issue before casting a vote for it. But they don't. What they do understand is how to duck accountability and hide behind excuses. And feigned ignorance. And cowardly voice votes.
We imagine that the old bulls in the state house sit these freshman down real quick and explain the deal--you listen to me and what I tell you to do or you can forget about that plum committee position. Don't go asking too many questions and convoluting the process with facts. It takes money to run a campaign and you boys (and some girls) best get with the program if you want a political future.
Kind of my way or the highway and let's not have any failure to communicate.
One legislator who we will not name confirmed these suspicions when he said this: "Everything that goes on down here is political and this is not a system that serves the best interest of the people of this state. I hear it everyday, you vote for my bill and I'll vote for your bill."
Here's a news flash for you jackwagons--if you don't understand the issue beyond what the corporate lobbyists are telling you, who always lie, then don't vote on the damn bill! If you don't know because you're still "trying to learn your way around" then vote NO! How hard is that simple logic?
In legal matters the Latin phrase "ignorantia legis neminum excusat" (ignorance of the law excuses no one) means that a person who is unaware of the law or its content, may not escape liability. We think the same should apply to anyone holding office in Alabama. If you are going to apply for the job then you better understand what it takes to do the job honestly, not corruptly.
This weak excuse of "I am still learning" is the position of a fool who has no business passing legislation and deluding themselves into thinking they are too important to be bothered with independent research into all the facts.
There is simply no excuse for this ineptness masquerading as doing the state's business.
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