And here I was worried our friend Senator Stace Nelson might be underwater in soggy Hanson County. Silly me—at six-foot-threven (etymology here), Stace, like the Leola Hills, will still be peeking above the flood waters long after East River has surrendered to Lake Agassiz 2019.
Whatever rain is falling and shutting down I-90 south of Stace’s house, it’s not enough to stanch the flood of Trumpy folderol flowing from the District 19 Senator’s Twitter thumbs. But rain or shine, Nelson’s Twitter logic is all wet.
Take this one Stace retweet from Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz:
It’s funny that my friend Stace, who makes a really big deal about saying that America is a Republic Not a Democracy™, would promote an appeal to the snapshot impulses of the mob over the deliberative decisions of their elected representatives. Citing an opinion poll as grounds for rejecting a Constitutional action shows logic as squishy as my dad’s holey waders.
But if public opinion is to dictate Congressional action, and if failure to act in accord with public opinion is justification for removing a republic’s elected officials from power…
72% of Americans support requiring a license to buy a gun.
72% support a national red-flag law.
83% support background checks for private and gun show sales.
89% support increased mental health funding.
Congressmen Gaetz and Donald Trump and other Republicans whom Stace cheers have failed to act on those majority-approved policy priorities.
I like Stace, because he often takes what look like principled stands. But maybe the Fulton floodwaters are soaking and shorting his logic circuits, because I just can’t square how one opposes fuller democracy and policies supported by big majorities of Americans one moment but then turns to defending a favored politician of the moment by advocating popular opinion over the decisions of his wise Republic’s Congress.