Friday, August 30, 2019


My representative in Congress, John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15), has announced that he will not seek reelection. This is the same John Shimkus who has declared that we don’t need to worry about rising sea levels (because of a divine promise not to destroy the world with a flood), who has unwittingly — and favorably! — compared a Republican gubernatorial candidate to Benito Mussolini, who has wondered whether prenatal care should be part of the cost of men’s health insurance, who has called the separation of children from parents at the border an “unfortunate result” of a “broken immigration system,” whose response to a war of tariffs is to say “I’m just a legislator,” whose sole response to a mass shooting is to tweet that “Violence and hate are never the answer,” who fails to show up for debates, and who refuses to meet his constituents in town halls and advises fellow Republican members of Congress to do the same.

Good fucking riddance.

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comments: 2

Elaine said...

Try not to sugar-coat things! Just speak out. Plain prose is best, and if a bit Anglo-Saxon, better yet, (wink)

Michael Leddy said...

Ha! Yes, I still need to write a follow-up post to make really clear what I think of JS.

Poor guy — he hasn’t even had a tweet of thanks from the president whose policies he’s supported.