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Personally, I don't want everything to be filtered for "positivity".
I want to know what is on the representative's minds. - Colorado Lawmaker Calls Mexican Workers 'Illiterate Peasants' - Politics | Republican Party | Democratic Party | Political Spectrum

Colorado Lawmaker Calls Mexican Workers 'Illiterate Peasants'
Monday, April 21, 2008

DENVER — A Colorado legislator known for kicking a photographer was ordered to leave the podium of the state House of Representatives on Monday because he called Mexican workers "illiterate peasants."

State Rep. Douglas Bruce, who has a history of provoking controversy, made the comment during debate on a bill that would allow the state to help immigrant workers get temporary federal visas. The measure is intended to ease a shortage of farm workers in the state.

"I would like to have the opportunity to state at the microphone why I don't think we need 5,000 more illiterate peasants in Colorado," Bruce said.

His outburst drew an audible gasp from the House.

"How dare you," said state Rep. Kathleen Curry, a Democrat who was serving as chairwoman during the debate. She told the Republican lawmaker he was no longer recognized to speak.

House Minority Leader Mike May, head of the GOP caucus, said legislative leaders were trying to determine what action to take against Bruce.

Rep. Terrance Carroll, a Democrat, said the remark could result in a formal ethics complaint that would require a hearing and possible suspension, censure or expulsion.

Bruce remained on the House floor Monday afternoon and was unavailable for comment.

He became the first Colorado lawmaker censured by the House after he kicked a newspaper photographer for taking his picture during a prayer.

Republicans later removed him from the powerful State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee because he refused to co-sponsor a resolution honoring military veterans. Bruce said he believed resolutions were a waste of time because they have no legal effect.

The Mexican Consulate in Denver did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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what is the problem with making this statment
If it is by and large factually correct
Same as we are not allowed to refer to Gypsies as Gypsies because the Gypsies gave themselves a deservedly bad name.
So in a wee while we will no longer be able to call them "travelling people"
as currently. because it will have acquired the same "sterotyping"
Now what did old Shakespare say
"a rose by any other name would smell as sweet"
Or indeed a turd as rotten
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The trend in America is to bash Whitey because he's just not hip or with it, but you can't even think a negative thought about someone with a little color in their skin because we're too busy imagineering a brighter future!

We've already seen a black court room throw out all white people for private dealings.

I think we're headed in a dangerous direction.
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The Scottish philosopher Thomas Reid (1710-1796), a contemporary of Hume and the founder of the so-called Scottish School of Common Sense, devotes considerable space in his Inquiry and in his Intellectual Powers into developing a theory of common sense. While Reid never provides an explicit definition as such, a number of so-called "earmarks" of common sense (sometimes referred to as "principles of common sense"), appear, such as:

"principles of common sense are believed universally (with the apparent exceptions of some philosophers and the insane)" Bahahahahahaha
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I'd like to see the legislation demanding it in public meetings.
(That would be better than trying to define art worthy of funding.)

Kathleen Curry, who "no longer recognized" him, should be forced to explain herself.

If he had stated it differently, perhaps like, "I am against this bill because I believe it would in effect bring 5,000 illiterate peasants to Colorado," he may have only had to face some reporters' phone calls later. His constitutional freedoms should not be subject to Kathleen Curry's personal sensitivity.

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