Sunday, January 23, 2011

Glenn Grothman: wrong for twisting MLK's dream for America

We have national holidays to honor great ideas and great Americans. What we do on those holidays as individuals is our own damn business. Glenn's moral interventionism betrays itself explicitly here in what can only be considered a latently racist attack.

My question is this: why can't he see the plank in his own eye?

On the Capitol: Grothman has a dream

State Sen. Glenn Grothman has a dream - a dream to stop state workers from having time off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The West Bend Republican says he has nothing against recognizing the slain civil rights leader, but that giving public employees another day off is an "insult" to taxpayers around the state.

"Let's be honest, giving government employees off has nothing to do with honoring Martin Luther King Day and it's just about giving state employees another day off," he said.

Critics have been quick to point out that Grothman has a history of what some would call "culturally insensitive" legislation. He has also tried to amend the state Constitution to outlaw affirmative action, opposed requiring police to collect demographic information during traffic stops to combat racial profiling, and opposed legislation that did away with American Indian mascots.

Grothman says the issues are "totally unrelated," adding that many Republicans oppose the mascots bill and efforts to track racial profiling.

Also this week, we catch up on a little light reading with a former U.S. senator and uncover the state's secret ninja task force.

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