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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Our Kansas legislators make the rules, but don’t follow them

From Wichita Peace and Freedom Party Examiner:

Once again we see the hypocrisy of Republican Party politicians. They constantly talk about getting tough on crime, including victimless crime. The Kansas legislature just passed a New DUI law. But they can’t take their own medicine.
Republican State Rep. Phil Hermanson is scheduled to go on trial this week on charges of driving under the influence and failing to slow to avoid an accident that injured two women, according to The Wichita Eagle.
Also according to The Wichita Eagle;

Because of the upcoming trial, he would not discuss whether he was using any medication at the time. He said he had been ill and spent some time hospitalized last year.
Hermanson, 45, said he refused the alcohol test because he had never expected to be in that situation and didn't fully understand the law.
"I'm a brand-new legislator," he said. "I had no idea you're guilty if you don't blow in it."

He didn’t know it was he had to take a breath analyser test? Shouldn’t someone educated enough to get elected to office know the basic laws of the land?
He is also accused of hitting another car. A witness at the scene said Hermanson looked intoxicated.
“He just looked kind of out of it," said Sharon Spangler said. "He looked like hell."
He was also accused by witnesses of driving fast and ploughing into another car. According to his home page, Hermanson claims he will; “Protect and preserve traditional family values.” His page doesn’t give much specifics on what he believes, other than to oppose gay marriage.
Hermanson hasn’t been proven guilty of being drunk in a court of law yet, but witnesses say he drove too fast, hit a another car hard enough to injure someone and refused to take a breath test.
Is this what Hermanson means by family values? Is this the kind of people the Republicans want us to look up to for moral guidance? Shouldn’t those who pass all these laws be able to abide by them? If not, why should their constituents take these laws seriously?

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