Congressman Bennie Thompson (D - Miss), chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, thinks NASCAR fans are disease ridden and that his aides need to be inoculated before mixing with us. How's that for some elite behavior from an elected official? How's that for alienating a large portion of voters from his own district?
According to Yahoo Sports: "The seven-term Congressman recently instructed committee aides who visited Talladega Superspeedway last weekend and are also at this weekend's Nextel Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway to be immunized against a variety of diseases such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus and influenza."
Something not in the story that I've wondered about...is this an indication that Congressman Bennie Thompson is a racist? I certainly hope not and I don't know of anything he's said that would make that case, but he's African-American and the overwhelming majority of NASCAR drivers and fans are white. If a Republican Congressman had made a comment like that about a predominately African-American event what would the press be doing right now? They'd be camped out on that Republicans doorstep and asking if he was part of the KKK. Where's the coverage here? Why didn't this story about a Democratic Congressman lead the 6 o'clock news?
Hopefully, even without heavy news coverage the voters in Congressman Bennie Thompson's district will shake his hand and let him know they've had their shots when he's out pressing the flesh. Hopefully they'll remember what he thinks of them when they vote in the next election.
But you know what? This type of thinking by a Congressman like Bennie Thompson is not unusual in Congress. These elected officials go to Washington, D.C. and start acting as though they're royalty and above the citizens they are there to represent. It's time we all got together and voted out ANY politician who has had more than two terms in office. Congressman Bennie Thompson has had 7 terms, look what it's done to him.