That's quite a headline; now my assignment is to bring it to life. (Truth to told, as usual, I wrote the following story, as usual, before I suppied the headline).
Another 199 people, all New Hampshire State Representatives by the by, have fallen into the ranks of a category of people I developed in the aftermath of the O.J. Simpson trail, people that I have lost all respect for.
An explanation is needed.
O.J. Simpson’s guilt was so “proven” that at the time, I developed a special category of people Anyone who attempted to make a case for Juice’s innocence, I relegated to a special class, people whose judgment was so poor that I was forced to lower my opinion of their basic abilities to even think straight.
This applied even to people I had previously respected; in fact, it applied more to such people.
Before I move on to the NH 199, allow me to note two people in regard to O.J.
An elderly constituent of mine from Cohas Ave was half blind, half deaf, and could barely move, so I had long ago taken to driving her to the polls and to other places. In fact, we spent quite a bit of time together. Like my mother, I have always had a soft spot for elderly people and would go out of my way to help them. This woman has since passed away, but I’ll never forget the day she told me that O.J. Simpson was not merely innocent, but that she could prove his innocence.
I kid you not. Only a few months after this revelation, this elderly woman began telling me about how little ghosts had invaded her house and were trying to spook her.
It should come as no surprise that I lost all respect for her ability to function as a sane human being (although I continued driving her to various locations; she was really into square dancing—although she could barely move-- so once I took her to a country outfitting stores where she could buy new dance clothes ).
But it wasn’t just anonymous people who fell into the ranks of those so convinced by O.J.’s innocence that I began to think of them totally differently, as people incapable of reasoning.
A rather famous State Representative fell into the category as well. Heck, she long since moved away so I feel comfortable in mentioning her name. At one time, I had tremendous respect for Rep. Jean Wallin, D-Concord. (I believe she once served on the State Liquor Commission as well). Once she insisted that O.J. was innocent, I lost all respect for her.
That’s how convinced I was of O.J. Simpson’s guilt.
That’s also how convinced I am that 199 State Representatives, those who voted against HB1185, to raise the speed limit of I89 to 70 miles an hour, no longer merit any shred of respect.
The fact that they constitute a majority won’t stop me. I’ve just procured a copy of the roll call vote and I will never be able to look at any of the 199 again without thinking they have forfeited any claim to my respect (as if that matters).
Unlike in past years, we had incontrovertible evidence this year that raising the speed limit will not simply cause people to go faster; in fact, it will actually cause fewer deaths on our highways.
We also had Lt. Shapiro of the State Police admitted to Rep. Candace “Consent” Bouchard’s transportation committee that virtually everyone exceeds the 65 mile an hour limit.
Thus this was truly a no brainer, and the 199 in fact provided that they have no brains.
I’m not just talking about the usual suspects the likes of Sherm Packard, R-Londonderry, former chair of this ill-advised committee, and Republican leaders Shawn HV Jasper and David Hess. I never expected them to see the logic of a bill which would stop making law breakers out of 97-98 percent of our population.
Nor did I expect the members of the Transportation Committee, half of whom had missed the public hearing, and thus had they been there would have heard the testimony from Lt. Shapiro and seen the ream of studies which prove that we should be raising speed limits.
No, I didn’t expect them to see the light; they had long since been relegated to the ranks of O.J. defenders, but I have to admit to being a bit shocked that so many of my colleagues would opt to follow like lemmings rather than use the brains the good Lord gave them.
This may sound like sour grapes, but let’s look at the other way. I will always look at the 119 people who voted for the bill with a new degree of respect. My guess is that none of them would try to make the case for O.J.’s innocence because not merely do they have brains, but they know how to use them.
I haven’t actually looked at the roll call yet; I’m sure it would merely depress me because, like with Jean Wallin, whom I had long respected, I expect to be totally disillusioned.
No, I won’t list the 199 here, but as always, you can find results of the roll call on line.
If you run into one of the 199, try this experiment. Ask that person if he or she believes O.J. Simpson was guilty or innocent. You might also ask him or her if his or her house has become infected with ghosts in recent weeks. We’re talking apples and apples here, an inability to process facts in a logical manner!