Isn’t that cute, a teenager in the state legislature.

So in West Virginia, a beautiful state with wonderful people, a teenager got elected to the state legislature.  Now if you know me, if I were a famous legislator I would run my dog for the legislature (that’s how I roll folks).

And it would be about the same thing.  Another ineffective legislator to say yes to the majority nut jobs who are running the legislature today.

In the article, they talk about how this is somehow the new face of the Republican Party in West Virginia.  It isn’t.  In the case where my dog won a seat on the legislature the outcome would be about the same.  My dog’s inability to understand what was going on would just add to the power of the majority to get things done (and the people from the district my dog represented would be poorly represented, unless of course they loved what the majority was doing).

It is funny to me that this kind of thing is celebrated.  Those people who depended on their legislator to stand up and say, “Hey, I don’t think the police should be able to search your car because you weren’t wearing your seat belt!” would not be heard.  Those parents with teenagers who are now serving minimum mandatory sentences for relatively minor drug crimes, would have no voice to stop the legislature from running over the run of the mill Joe six pack.  When the state attempted to needlessly sell its assets like state parks to private enterprises, my dog couldn’t stop or at least stand up to the majority.  There would be literally an empty space sitting in the legislature, allowing all of the bad ideas to pass through unmolested.

I guess you could argue that the legislature is already sold to the highest bidder, so does it really matter?  But the thing that keeps on eating away at me is that the average person in the state might look at this and think, “Look at that go-getter, you get’em little teenage girl.”  without realizing that there’s really nothing cute about it, and it wouldn’t be cute even if it were my dog sitting in that seat in the legislature (eventhough my dog is adorable).

Law Dude, Ray Flavin, is a McHenry County attorney who represents drivers that have been charged with DUI in McHenry County Illinois. His law offices are located across the street from the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock.