Satire

Oops! Rachael Maddow gets snookered by a satire web site:

The article that caught Maddow’s eye called for an “American-led invasion” into Egypt and begged former Alaska governor Sarah Palin to lead the war cry.

“The escalating crisis in Egypt could become a defining moment for Sarah Palin,” Billings wrote. “Governor Palin needs to speak out publicly and forcibly for an American-led invasion to protect our interests in North Africa.”

How can such a thing happen? How could Dr. Maddow be hoodwinked by something so utterly outrageous that it could only be satire?!? I mean, really.

On the other had….this is in the news today:

Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21.

As far as I can tell…this isn’t satire but, damn if it doesn’t feels like something right out of The Onion. In fact, some whack-job religious web site calling for Ms. Palin to speak out in favor of invading Egypt seem pretty tame compared to a bill that, if passed, would arm an entire state.

There is a bit more to the bizarre legislation in South Dakota:

Rep. Hal Wick, R-Sioux Falls, is sponsoring the bill and knows it will be killed. But he said he is introducing it to prove a point that the federal health care reform mandate passed last year is unconstitutional.

“Do I or the other cosponsors believe that the State of South Dakota can require citizens to buy firearms? Of course not. But at the same time, we do not believe the federal government can order every citizen to buy health insurance,” he said.

Rep. Hal Wick earns an F in Teabaggery 101. The point that the nut cases trying to kill millions of uninsured Americans repeal the health care law are trying to make is that the federal government cannot force citizens to purchase something, like, say, automobile insurance, but the state governments can. And the states do force people to buy automobile insurance.

The opponents of the health care law would suggest that the right to force citizens to own a firearm is a power reserved for the states. This comes from their interpretation of the 10th Amendment of the Constitution, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

So, Rep. Wick tries to “make a point” by proposing legislation that can only be described as “extremist,” but he doesn’t really know enough about the underlying issue to get it right. My God…that is a degree of self-satire that can only arise out of profound ignorance!

Unless I’m pulling a Maddow here, and have been completely bamboozled…

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