• Teen Emma Sullivan Dares Tweet Political Joke About Sam Brownback, Crying Brownback Demands I’m Sorry Apology Letter

    November 28, 2011 1:57 am Comments Off
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  • Never noted for his propensity for victory in thrilling battles of “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” and Opposite Day comebacks, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback was allegedly forced to relive the horrors of his nerdy, witless childhood after a Kansas teenaged female and future wife dared get lippy with him on Twitter. It’s good to know that in the midst of Kansas going broke and not having enough money to prosecute wife-beaters, Governor Brownback can take time to demand teenagers be nice to him or else he’s telling.

    The Governor of a state whose capital officials don’t think its criminal so smack your wife if she talks too much has somehow managed to make a bigger ass of himself in the national spotlight.  And do not think I’m cursing, I mean ass in the tail-end liberal Democrat mascot sense.

    Only a mascot with the fortitude of the cowardly lion would dare use his bully pulpit of perched State of Kansas Governor to peer all the way down from his throne to spittle vitriolic bile all over the life of a simple Kansas girl who didn’t seem to like him very much.

    While you sort out the euphemism in all that, let’s take a look at today’s story and see why Kansas may need a new governor.

    Sam Brownback has come upon some tough years in the last decade.  He’s a man who formerly and basically promised God would whisper in his ear by night and he would personally forge jobs for every American by day, but even the typically dense American voting populace saw through the farm boy’s Gagaesque Poker face and sent him packing back to Kansas, where, people just apparently are not so sharp or picky.

    And did the former Republican hopeful for US president provide Jobs for Kansas?  Not quite, the state’s economy is not very strong and it may even lose its one big contractor, Boeing, in the city of Wichita.   But why is any of that important when there are mouthy little girls saying mean, naughty things about you on Twitter?

    It’s oft wondered what makes men of stern brow and careless lies loose sleep at night.  We just need to review the  cautionary tale of Emma Sullivan, an 18-year-old high school senior, to learn the answer.  As the story goes, Emma joined with other peers in the Youth In Government Program.  While at a field trip at the state capital in Topeka, Emma wrote on Twitter:  “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot.”

    How dare she?  How dare she make fun of Sam Brownback, he’s above such things. Never in a million years would anyone dare call out a politician for being a hot-aired windbag who spouts nonsense and needs to get out of office. Channels like Fox News and Comedy Central do not exist for the purpose of lampooning and bad-mouthing the other side, surely?

    All sarcasm aside, the story gets worse from here.

    Not only did Brownback get huffy when his Gestapo staff learned of the Tweet when they monitored all posts about Sam Brownback on Facebook and Twitter, as they apparently do every single day, but he had to strike back against all the mean comments he didn’t actually hear her say.  Say what?

    The Kansas City Star reports:

    She actually made no such comments. “Joking around,” Sullivan says of the incident. Brownback’s director of communication wasn’t amused when the tweet was spotted during the routine daily monitoring of comments on Twitter and Facebook mentioning the governor’s name.

    “That wasn’t respectful,” responded Sherriene Jones-Sontag. “In order to really have a constructive dialogue, there has to be mutual respect.”

    Brownback’s brief speech to the students encouraged them to “be active in their government, community and public service,” Jones-Sontag says.

    Call me a hardened New Yorker who loves her Constitution, but if Brownback was truly trying to encourage students to ‘be active in their government, community and public service,” maybe he would take note of the nation’s First Amendment.  It says grown men should not cry when America’s future voters tell them to their face”  “You suck and you blow a lot”.  Sometimes, and let’s be clear hear, out of the mouth of babes comes the truth.

    Now maybe Brownback is like his other little cronies and they have some nice, supple interns hidden their supposedly no-homos allowed skeleton closets.  Maybe the alleged “Tweet” stepped on some sore toes.  I’m not a psychic or a woman who has her ears whispered into by God at night, so I cannot really say what’s going on with all of that.

    What I do know is that from reports, Sam Brownback’s office did call the girls principle.  In the midst of all the economic chaos in America, again, Brownback’s office had time to contribute to rebuilding this great nation buy tattling on a teenaged girl who told her friends that he sucks.  Cry me a river.

    While there is a certain decorum one should observe when directly addressing the leading offices of this nation, there is a whole other ballgame played in the world of media, personal communication and opinion.  How many times has Obama been called Curious George, birth-certificate bandit, Barry Osama, and the like?

    Slick Willy Clinton?  Dubya Bush the Idiot?  How many times have we all shared a chuckle at politicians we do and do not like, then told our friends.

    Not like a principle has much choice when his state governor calls to gripe about a student, but there is some strange injustice in the fact that a girl has to be ‘disciplined’ for tweeting to her friends that she told the governor he sucks.  Brownback went as far as demanding a formal letter of apology, to which, Emma is apparently going to write but it ‘won’t be sincere’.

    While this story will likely not change the Republican bent of Kansas, it will surely upset some parents and likely cause one girl to embark on a lifestyle shaped by liberal politics.

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