We Get the Government We Deserve: Senator Dan Foreman


Senator Dan Foreman (R, Moscow, ID)

Senator Dan Foreman (R, Moscow, ID)

Every nation gets the government it deserves.

— Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre

Idaho Republican State Senator Foreman represents – for a given definition of “represents” – the citizens, of Moscow, Idaho.1 Senator Foreman is a former fighter pilot and law enforcement officer. Whatever his education, it didn’t include science. Or common courtesy. Senator Foreman has gained a statewide reputation for writing vulgar, profoundly ignorant and incredibly discourteous letters. To his constituents.

Some samples:

The global warming theory is nonsense.  The vast majority of credible scientists say so.  In fact, there is mounting evidence the planet is starting to cool.  Remember the big email scandal involving the top scientific experts in Europe supporting the global warming initiative.  Do you remember the discovered and well publicized emails from these scientists in which they admitted global warming was a hoax – part of an agenda to grow government in the name of saving the almighty environment?  Global warming ranks right up there with Al Gore’s phony ozone scare.

Every single sentence in that quote is false. Climate change is not “nonsense” – the Pentagon and ExxonMobil, among many others, are planning for it. More than 93% of scientists say it is real. The planet is warming, not cooling. There was no “email scandal.” Ozone depletion was as real as a heart attack. Nor did former senator and vice president Al Gore have any major role in the identification of the chloroflurocarbon risk or implementation of the solution; that’s a right-wing myth. WC suggests Senator Foreman review this chart to see the lines different lines of evidence supporting man-caused climate change.

Similarly:

Many have been mislead by unsubstantiated claims (remember the ozone scare?) brought to us by junk science and manipulative “experts” having ulterior motives.  Man’s impact on the environment may manifest itself in local areas in the form of pollution and other negative effects.  However, man’s overall impact on a global scale is insignificant.  We often overstate our “footprint” on nature.  Let’s not spend time and money teaching our children the latest chicken little fad of the month. That’s my take on global warming – now being called climate change since they discovered the planet is cooling versus warming.

Again, every sentence in the quote is false. Well, the first sentence is true in exactly the opposite of the way Senator Foreman means. Senator Foreman, of course, is himself offering junk science proffered by manipulative experts. WC recommends Senator Foreman read Merchants of Doubt before talking about “junk science.”

But Senator Foreman’s ignorance and skill at gratuitous condescension isn’t limited to matters of climate change.

I’m [a] Christian conservative Republican, which means I have a moral compass. I don’t believe in the separation of church and state – it’s a figment of somebody’s imagination.

Senator Foreman needs to read more widely than Fox News. Let’s look at someone else’s letter. Thomas Jefferson, the guy that wrote the Declaration of Independence, constitutional convention delegate, third president and Founding Father, wrote a letter in January 1802 to the elders of a Baptist Church in Danbury, Connecticut. In that letter, he said:

Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.

Not exactly “a figment of somebody’s imagination.” Not unless Senator Foreman also thinks the Declaration of Independence is “a figment of someone’s imagination.” And given his churlish behavior, perhaps Senator Foreman shouldn’t be boasting about his Christian moral compass.

One final quote from a Senator Foreman letter:

You must understand something. I do represent my entire district. But I am under no obligation to do what you want. Your opinion represents (the) minority view in district five.

Pure, naked gloating. You have to wonder where Senator Foreman learned his manners. Or, more accurately, failed to learn his manners. Common courtesy seems lost on this person. He comes across as an internet troll.

If Joseph-Marie, comte de Maistre was right and we get the government we deserve, we must have all done something really, really bad to get saddled with this ignorant, rude troll. Surely District 5 and Moscow, Idaho can do better?

 


  1. “Moscow” is pronounced “Moss-co,” not “Moss-cow.” This is important to the citizens of the city. Just a warning. 
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