We'll be publishing our 2014 legislative preview on Sunday, but state Rep. Mia McLeod, D-Richland, published her take on the upcoming legislative session to her website on Tuesday.
She did not hold back.
From her post, entitled " My God...":
Your lawmakers love to protect fetuses in the womb. Why? Because the gift of life is one of God’s most precious, of course. But there’s nothing Godly about our refusal to assist or help protect that same precious life, once it is manifested outside of the womb. In South Carolina, when the umbilical cord is cut, so is the concern and compassion. Funny how one goes from being God’s chosen to society’s forgotten by simply passing through the birth canal.
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McLeod also touches on the Confederate Flag, Medicaid expansion and Pickens County Sheriff Rick Clark refusal to lower the American Flag in honor of Nelson Mandela's passing.
And she had some words for her fellow state Rep. Kris Crawford, R-Florence:
And “you lie!” if you even think we’re interested in accepting or supporting “anything Obama.” It just ain’t happening. No way. No how. Not here. Why? Wellaccording to Rep. Kris Crawford, it’s not (politically) popular for the Republican Party to even try to work with the black man in the White House.
Yep, that’s good ole pure, unadulterated racismjust one of many “elephants” in the room.
McLeod was referring to last year when Crawford told a group of doctors that "it is good politics to oppose the black guy in the White House right now." Later, Crawford said if he had to do it over again he "might pick different words," but stood by the essence of his comments that Republicans were opposed to Obamacare simply because it has President Barack Obama's name on it. He said Republicans should be offering alternatives.
McLeod closed her post by saying it is her "fervent prayer" for the 2014 legislative session is "that hypocrisy will end and lawmakers will decide to represent all of the people of South Carolina, in word and in deed."