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“Congress Is No Place” for Farmers Statement Defended
Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 28 March 2014 | John Semmens

Posted on 03/30/2014 1:39:03 PM PDT by John Semmens

Iowa Democratic Senatorial candidate, Representative Bruce Braley’s assertion that Congress is no place for a farmer has not gone over well among the state’s rural population.

“I’m not saying that farmers don’t have a meaningful role to play in our society,” Braley said in his own defense. “Obviously, someone has to grow the crops and raise the livestock to feed this nation. What I’m saying is that farmers lack the skill necessary to make our laws.”

The persons with the necessary skills, according to Braley, are lawyers. “The job of Congress is to enact laws,” Braley observed. “Lawyers are trained in the law. It should be clear that a lawyer is, by far, the most logical option for a state’s Congressional representation.”

Braley brushed off criticism from Iowa’s offended farmers as “insular and parochial. If further proof of the unfitness of farmers to serve as lawmakers was needed this is it. It could hardly be clearer that they lack the training and perspective to be entrusted with the authority to make the laws that govern our country.”

if you missed any of this week's other semi-news/semi-satire posts you can find them at...

http://azconservative.org/2014/03/29/senator-insists-videos-of-him-must-have-been-photo-shopped/


TOPICS: Humor
KEYWORDS: democrats; farmers; lawyers; satire

1 posted on 03/30/2014 1:39:03 PM PDT by John Semmens
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To: John Semmens

Sounds more like something Democratic politicians would actually say than satire.


2 posted on 03/30/2014 1:43:01 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: John Semmens

Lawyers will only make laws to benefit lawyers.


3 posted on 03/30/2014 1:45:59 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: John Semmens

Yes, because lawyers have done such a great job. Only they can write laws thousands of pages long that no one understands. [/s]


4 posted on 03/30/2014 1:47:23 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: John Semmens
See hole.

See shovel

See dimocrat keep digging

Odds on how deep he can go?

5 posted on 03/30/2014 1:48:23 PM PDT by ealgeone (obama, borderof)
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To: John Semmens

The House’s Job is also to control the Budget and clean up the Laws and make them logically consistent and germane to the current realities.


6 posted on 03/30/2014 1:51:03 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: John Semmens; All
... What I’m saying is that farmers lack the skill necessary to make our laws.”
”3. The Constitution was written to be understood by the voters; its words and phrases were used in their normal and ordinary as distinguished from technical meaning; where the intention is clear, there is no room for construction and no excuse for interpolation or addition.” —United States v. Sprague, 1931.

7 posted on 03/30/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: John Semmens

OK, am I correct in thinking that Braley dude is the only Dem in this race, so whoever the GOP nominee is will take him on in November? If so, this should be a pick-up for the GOP.


8 posted on 03/30/2014 1:53:38 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Din Maker

It certainly seems that way. I don’t think the candidate has been picked on the GOP side. I do like the nut ripper from SW Iowa, but sorry I can’t vote in IA.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Din Maker

Braley has led polls. All of them were taken before this happened.

The Farm Bill passing probably helped all Republicans in Iowa.
Iowa has voted for Dukakis, Gore, Clinton and Obama.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 2:04:55 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: Din Maker

So remember this all you dumb plow boys! You need to stick to farming! Abraham Lincoln needed to stick to splittin rails!

Mr. Braley’s ass is overloading his mouth! Dismissed! Better stock up on Rat money while you can REP! Brush up on those workman’s comp complaints.


11 posted on 03/30/2014 2:09:20 PM PDT by DocJhn
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Eastern Iowa is FULL of Lib’tardz.


12 posted on 03/30/2014 2:09:27 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

That would be Cantalope King, Kongressman. Guy is terrific on the issues, and a flat out jugular attack dog. Great VP potential.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 2:18:27 PM PDT by whistleduck
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To: John Semmens

No, no. Let’s be honest about it. The people with the necessary skills are crooks.


14 posted on 03/30/2014 2:19:40 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: John Semmens

Doubling down on stupid.


15 posted on 03/30/2014 2:19:53 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: ReformationFan

He did.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 2:21:34 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: John Semmens
Don't forget.. Mao took the farmers and put them in the government and the teaching institutions, then took the politicians and professors to the countryside and made them work on the farms to get some ‘enlightenment’. Of course, he never let them return and he kept the farmers in the seats of power! Worked for Mao, right?
17 posted on 03/30/2014 2:23:39 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: John Semmens

Lawyers wrote Obamacare.


18 posted on 03/30/2014 2:24:13 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: John Semmens
Lawyers are definitely over represented in Washington.
We definitely need more profession diversity in government, more important than color and ethnicity.
Layers only know how to make (and break) laws.
They don't even understand most of the problems they are writing laws for and we are all suffering the results.

19 posted on 03/30/2014 2:41:28 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: John Semmens

What we need is LESS lawyers in Congress. What we need more of is businesspeople, engineers, accountants, stay at home moms, farmers, lumberjack, but not lawyers.


20 posted on 03/30/2014 2:57:20 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: John Semmens

There ya go, one more time you brainless Rat voters. This is what you are supporting, and they WILL corral you into little collectives according to their own wishes, and not to your benefit. The Rat leadership is right about one thing, their voters are stupid and need to be “guided” through life like cattle to slaughter.


21 posted on 03/30/2014 2:58:05 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: ReformationFan

You are exactly correct. The line between satire and reality is too fuzzy anymore for these people.


22 posted on 03/30/2014 2:59:50 PM PDT by SgtHooper (If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.)
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To: John Semmens

Makes me wonder why there are so many lawyers in government. NOT!!


23 posted on 03/30/2014 3:10:23 PM PDT by berdie
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To: John Semmens

This reminds me of the time when Pat Brown, who was running for a third term as California’s governor, stated that it was an actor who shot Lincoln—not a very smart thing to say in the state where Hollywood is located.


24 posted on 03/30/2014 3:13:54 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: John Semmens

The nicest thing anyone ever said about Grassly and it is considered an attack


25 posted on 03/30/2014 3:20:25 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: John Semmens

I AM a lawyer. Lawyers are good for preparing the legal language to be used in the laws that legislators make. The ideas behind those laws can be discussed, and in fact it is optimal if done, by “regular” people who live lives that most of us do.

Lawyers are wordsmiths, nothing more. Tell them what product you want and they can make it, just like a dressmaker or home builder.


26 posted on 03/30/2014 3:26:10 PM PDT by NCLaw441
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To: John Semmens
Actually, it's not the place for LAWYERS!

I fear that many of our problems today stem from the fact that far too many of our legislators are LAWYERS. Further, I believe that we need more DOCTORS – and engineers, accountants, shop-keepers, small business owners, etc. in those positions – and FAR FEWER LAWYERS!!

Lawyers as legislators pose a very, very serious problem for an ostensibly free people: They LOVE making laws and the more complex and incomprehensible the better. Think about it: In the private sector – to which many of them return (hopefully in HUGE NUMBERS in the next election) – they, and their buds who remain behind in the private sector, earn their often obscene incomes (in addition to the obscenely generous, COLA congressional pensions and tax subsidized HEALTH CARE!) wading through that Byzantine labyrinth of rules and regulations they love to construct. It’s a process that prompted Otto von Bismarck to remark that “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” Can I get an “AMEN?”

Yes, it’s true that many of the Founders were lawyers or studied law. But that was a different time peopled by men of deeper character and integrity. Sadly, we have become a far different people. With a tip of the hat to Henny Youngman, for proof, take Barack Obama – please! It’s also true that a number of the Founders were physicians, merchants, tradesmen and farmers. It goes without saying that we desperately need a more representative cross-section of our population.

While there ARE exceptions (Bill Frist toward the end of his term, Phil Gingrey — who strays from time to time) my rule that physicians and engineers make better legislators than most lawyers generally holds true. I attribute that to the fact that doctors and engineers are trained in the SCIENTIFIC METHOD and rely more on FACTS and EMPIRICAL DATA for their decisions. Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Larry McDonald, Paul Broun, John Linder, Tom Price are (or were) all doctors. I’m sure you can think of other examples/exceptions. The poster boy for the exceptions is “Screamin’ Howard Dean, MD.

Unfortunately, far too many of these guys are ATTORNEYS.

Our late friend and author, composer, conductor, Nashville music producer, lover of Bach, pianist and all-around Renaissance man, Tupper Saussy, who somehow dodged the family tradition of becoming one, traced the term “attorney” back to the Sanscrit word “torwa.” And what does “torwa” mean? TO TWIST! And twist they do. Unfortunately, it’s not in the wind.

While SOME of these attorney-legislators are conservatives, their law school moot court training forced them to argue BOTH SIDES OF THE SAME CASE. I rather suspect that experience allows them to rationalize voting against the Constitution when expediency and/or their political survival/favor with their party leadership dictates. It is textbook moral relativism and we all pay for their perfidy.

Let me tie that attorney-legislator problem into the current health care debate: I might have missed it but I don’t believe there was one mention of TORT REFORM from the lawyers who cobbled together that 2,000+ page monstrosity now dividing the nation.

I’ll give you three guesses as to why — and the last two don’t count!

And here’s something to think about for the next election cycle: If the attorney-legislator representing your district does not pass muster at www.gradegov.com, if you can, find a NON-LAWYER for whom to vote after grilling him on the first principles near and dear to those who cherish freedom and the Constitution.

Too hard, say you?

No. SLAVERY is hard.

27 posted on 03/30/2014 3:26:50 PM PDT by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: John Semmens

I love how this clown keeps digging himself in deeper. These arrogant leftists are all alike.


28 posted on 03/30/2014 3:27:53 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: DocJhn

So remember this all you dumb plow boys! You need to stick to farming! Abraham Lincoln needed to stick to splittin rails!

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Not to mention those dumb farmers George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.


29 posted on 03/30/2014 3:29:29 PM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: John Semmens

That’s a good one. Lawyers and their inspector partners have effectively outlawed all kinds of useful work and private property rights with mazes of regulations and fees.


30 posted on 03/30/2014 3:29:55 PM PDT by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: John Semmens

Braley has stepped in the hog manure and won’t be able to get it off his lawyer’s wing tip shoes. Someone should remind Braley that George Washing was a farmer and not a lawyer.


31 posted on 03/30/2014 3:45:39 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: John Semmens

The distance between satire and reality is one micron on this story.


32 posted on 03/30/2014 3:56:51 PM PDT by lurk
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To: Paladin2

I used to work with five or six guys from northeast Iowa. They were (1) all nice guys and (2) all bigtime Democrats.


33 posted on 03/30/2014 4:47:06 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Bigg Red

It sounds like Braley dude is certainly NOT remorseful or repentant for his comment; doesn’t it?


34 posted on 03/30/2014 4:51:02 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: The Great RJ

George would have been a Whiskey Rebel if he had been living in W. Pa.


35 posted on 03/30/2014 4:53:50 PM PDT by Paladin2
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Is the GOP “making any hay” from this comment by Braley about farmers? (No pun intended.) Seriously; could this be the death knell for Braley’s campaign or do most Iowans consider it much ado about nothing? Somebody help me out here.


36 posted on 03/30/2014 4:54:30 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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Is the GOP “making any hay” from this comment by Braley about farmers? (No pun intended.) Seriously; could this be the death knell for Braley’s campaign or do most Iowans consider it much ado about nothing? Somebody help me out here.


37 posted on 03/30/2014 4:56:37 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Bigg Red
A well known anecdote in this regard can be found here, among many places: http://grantian.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html

Refused a room because of his rustic appearance by an innkeeper who subsequently learned of his error and sent an apology by messenger, Jefferson replied:

“Tell the innkeeper that I value his good intentions highly, but if he has no room for a dirty farmer, he shall have none for the Vice-President of the United States.”

38 posted on 03/30/2014 4:56:57 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: whistleduck; Eric in the Ozarks

No, I don’t think so, whistleduck. When Eric said: “I do like the nut ripper from SW Iowa.” I believe he was talking about Joni Ernst who is running in the GOP Primary. She has an ad saying that she grew up on a farm where they used to “cut” hogs. She said she knows “how to cut pork” and make Washington “squeal”. If I could vote in IA, she’d get my vote.


39 posted on 03/30/2014 5:02:14 PM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Din Maker

The state GOP in Iowa is in chaos, but likely GOP nominee Mark Jacobs is already running an add:

http://theiowarepublican.com/2014/jacobs-campaign-launches-new-radio-ad-regarding-braleys-insulting-remarks-about-grassley-and-iowa-farmers/


40 posted on 03/30/2014 5:03:07 PM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Din Maker

http://www.ijreview.com/2014/03/124085-gop-candidates-ad-castrating-pork-either-insanely-distasteful-incredibly-brilliant/


41 posted on 03/30/2014 5:07:32 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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What I’m saying is that farmers lack the skill necessary to make our laws.” The persons with the necessary skills, according to Braley, are lawyers.

Like the affordable Care Act?
The most incompetent legislation of the last 100 years?

And what good are skills and training, when you can't even read the legislation you haven't written before you pass it?

EPIC FAIL!!

42 posted on 03/30/2014 6:12:30 PM PDT by publius911 ( At least Nixon had the good g race to resign!)
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To: Din Maker

http://radio.foxnews.com/2014/03/27/kk-audio-rep-steve-king-r-ia-discusses-iowas-midterm-races-and-obama-violating-the-constitution/

Steve King suggested castration could be used on trial lawyers starting with Bruce Braley.


43 posted on 03/30/2014 6:28:49 PM PDT by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: ObamahatesPACoal

Steve King suggested castration could be used on trial lawyers starting with Bruce Braley.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
OMG.... That is awesome!


44 posted on 03/31/2014 7:42:39 AM PDT by Din Maker (Rand Paul, Rick Perry endorsed McConnell over Bevin. Neither will ever get my vote in 2016.)
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To: Din Maker

Why should he be remorseful? The arrogant leftists know what is best for everyone.


45 posted on 03/31/2014 8:38:30 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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To: FredZarguna

Beautiful story! Jefferson is my second favorite president after Washington.


46 posted on 03/31/2014 8:41:04 AM PDT by Bigg Red (1 Pt 1: As he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in every aspect of your conduct.)
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