John Kline refuses to accept what the majority of the House seems to want … an end to the Confederate Flag controversy.
Yep, last week, the House took another vote on displaying the Confederate Flag … the outcome was not in doubt … 265-159 … to prohibit the Confederate battle flag from being displayed at national cemeteries operated by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.
Erik Paulsen and Tom Emmer agreed with the majority … but standing alone as the only Minnesotan to cast a NO vote was Minnesota’s Second District (soon-to-be-retired) Congressman John Kline.
Funny thing is that John Kline didn’t issue a press release about his vote … maybe because he didn’t want to remind voters of the views of the GOP endorsed candidate, Jason Lewis.
In wannabe-Congressman Lewis’ 2010 book, Power Divided Is Power Checked, he writes :
“In fact, if you really want to be quite frank about it, how does somebody else owning a slave affect me?
If I don’t think it is right, I won’t own one, and people always say, ‘Well, if you don’t want to marry somebody of the same sex, you don’t have to, but why tell somebody else they can’t?’
Uh, you know if you don’t want to own a slave, don’t.
But don’t tell other people they can’t.”
Gosh, it would seem that John Kline and Jason Lewis are of the same thinking …
John Kline has made these votes before … such as last year, when the House considered removing Confederate flags from the United States Capitol … prompting a reaction from Angie Craig, the DFL candidate for MN02
“The flag of the Confederacy is an antiquated symbol of racism and oppression. It has no place in the United States Capitol. There is no need to study or debate the need to remove a symbol of bigotry like the Confederate battle flag from our nation’s capitol” said Craig, adding that John Kline’s vote is “an embarrassment to the district and the people of Minnesota.”
Next year, there will be a new Representative … thankfully.