Here in South Carolina, we are proud that our relationship with God means that we can be ignorant. And the poster child for that philosophy is re-elected US Representative Jeff Duncan.
He is a proud Tea Party member and fondly helped along by the ever-so-radical FreedomWorks, so right-wing he arm-wrestles Jim DeMint for the title of biggest right-wing-nut in Congress.
His claim to fame nationally was just about a year ago, when he asserted that allowing "illegals" to stay in this country was like letting vagrants and animals into your house, maybe looking for food, or maybe just wanting to do your dishes.
Closer to home, in 2007 Duncan sponsored a bill to allow guns to be carried concealed into any public school. This was his empathic, God-directed response to the mass killing at Virginia Tech. His logic of course was that had there been some good ole' boy carryin' his weapon, that shooter would have been taken down, pronto. Even in South Carolina, that bill was quietly put to sleep.
Jeff doesn't think up things like that all on his own. He will tell you ad nauseum that he does pray for God's help in making decisions in Congress. Amazingly, God has never disagreed with Duncan's view on any proposed legislation.
Jeff Duncan was disappointed in the presidential election outcome. I doubt that Mitt would have tickled his fancy either -- far too left-wing for our Jeff.
So Congressman Duncan has decided that it's going to just be up to the House of Representatives to carry on the fight for democracy. That means things like drilling closer to shore, a national sales tax, ridding us of that "job killing and socialistic" Obamacare, and of course getting those nasty illegals out of this great Christian land of ours.
It was with some pleasure, then, that I found five minutes from Duncan on You-Tube from last November:
Our representative was horrified, just horrified, that our President had failed to give thanks to God during his Thanksgiving address to the nation.
The thing that most tickled me about this, and reminded me that South Carolina does not a country make, is that there were about four times as many "dislike" ratings than "likes." Having lived here for some thirteen years now, I sometimes lose my perspective. So thank you, the rest of the country, for reaffirming that Jeff Duncan is a jackass.
Also, though, keep an eye on him this month, because November seems to be when his stupidity and arrogance busts out all over, kind of like a reverse spring. I guarantee he will have lots more to say about what's wrong with everybody but him and those other crazies in Congress, and I for one, will not want to miss it.
So, Jeff Duncan, congratulations on being November's South Carolina's Idiot of the Month.