“Check this out,” Swamp Rabbit said.
It was the sort of message you might see from a grumpy old white guy at a run-down barroom in, let’s say, South Dakota:
“Wait a minute,“ I said. “This guy is really a senator? A member of the United States Senate? This tweet must be a joke.”
“Mike Rounds is a member of that august body, and that ain’t no joke,“ Swamp Rabbit said. “Look him up.”
So I did. Rounds is a standard-issue empty-suit Republican in a sparsely populated Republican state where being ferociously pro-business counts for everything. He’s a college graduate but he apparently didn’t take any American history courses and possibly couldn’t pass a basic civics test.
A respondent to his tweet noted that the last of the Founders, James Madison, died 50 years before South Dakota became a state. Another tweeter facetiously asked, “What did the Founding Fathers think about Hawaii, Alaska, or any of the other 37 states that have been added since their time?”
Yet another noted that the Founders didn’t intend for slavery to end or for women to get the vote, so basing your arguments on what the Founders would have wanted is a dubious exercise. And that Washington, D.C. (pop. 700,000 or so) is just as deserving of statehood as South Dakota (pop. roughly 900,000). Rounds, of course, wouldn’t dare admit this because D.C. is heavily Democratic and Black.
“He’s tapping into the two major Republican concerns,” I told Swamp Rabbit. “One is fear of a permanent Democratic majority in Congress and the other is, as Public Enemy would say, fear of a Black planet.”
“My fear is that Republican crackers like Mike Rounds are gonna hold on to the power even though most peeps in this country are against them,” Swamp Rabbit said.
“The Democrats in Congress are in charge for now, so it’s up to them to be bold and make the necessary changes,” I noted.
“Right,” he said. “That makes me even more scared.”