Friday, April 12, 2013

TN State Rep. Campfield’s “Using Children as Props” comment to 8 year old girl Appalling.

For all those conservatives out there who whine, “Why isn’t the press covering this,” are you just as outraged at Rep. Campfield’s derogatory verbal slap at an 8 year old politically active girl trying to protect families from cruel laws like his? Is this the way to encourage citizens to get involved or to feel free to question their own government? Wow.

Besides the welfare cutting bill to children not performing well in schools, it’s now brutally clear how right wing discipline must be doled out. This is what we don’t see behind their closed door meetings.

The authoritarian nature of self-righteous assholes like Campfield should make any parents skin crawl. Personally, anyone who would try to discourage my kid from being politically involved would have to deal with a very pissed off parent.  

Think Progress: On Thursday, State Rep. Stacey Campfield (R-TN) withdrew his widely criticized bill to reduce welfare assistance for needy families if their children did not perform well in school. Campfield was presented with a petition of more than 2500 signatures collected by Clergy for Justice to protest the bill. The deliverer of the petition was an 8-year-old girl, Aamira Fetuga, whose mother, Rasheedat Fetuga, is the founder of a local child advocacy group. As Aamira prepared to explain to Campfield why she was worried about his bill, Campfield dismissed her as a “prop” and hurried away, repeating over and over again, “Using children as props is shameful” as Aamira and her mother tried to talk to him.

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