Emma Sullivan, a Kansas high school senior, has been ordered to write Kansas Governor Sam Brownback an apology for a tweet the 18 year-old sent from her phone at a school sponsored event that Brownback spoke at.
A member of Brownback’s staff found the tweet and it was forwarded to the school, Shawnee Mission East in Prairie Village, Kansas, just outside Kansas City. The principal reprimanded Emma and expects her to write this letter, apologizing for exercising her right to free speech.
Emma has since become a media sensation, doing interviews for CNN and the likes. The tweet which Emma sent stated that she had made mean comments to Brownback in person, and that he sucked. Emma ended the tweet with the hashtag #heblowsalot.
I will now assert that Sam Brownback does in fact, suck, in accordance with the popular definition of the phrase.
Sam Brownback recently held a series of town hall meetings in which Robert Rector of the Heritage Foundation (paid for with Kansas tax dollars) addressed advocates for the impoverished on solutions to “reducing childhood poverty”.
According to Rector’s speech, the number one cause of childhood poverty in Kansas, and America, is the “decline of marriage”. Rector went on and on, blaming the single mother for being “uneducated” and casting young women as being incapable of raising children without a husband.
Rector says that if these women were married, they could stay at home and raise the children because the father would make enough to support the whole family. Rector makes almost no reference to the father of the impoverished child, and not one single reference to increasing efforts to enforce child support issues.
Near the end of the speech, fifteen members of Occupy Wichita, a branch of the Occupy Wall St. movement, stood with their backs to Rector, silently awaiting the end of his sexist speech of unrealistic solutions for reducing childhood poverty.
At the end of his speech, the Occupy Wichita demonstrators (I was one of them) used the human mic to address the audience. Occupy Wichita outlined Brownback’s agenda of cutting services to the poor to line the pockets of his rich friends.
Despite applause from the audience and the fact that we were leaving anyway, Wichita Police officers stormed the room and ushered the demonstrators out, injuring and arresting a 61 year-old woman for “obstruction of justice”.
Freedom of speech is for everyone. Sam Brownback and others who oppose freedom use intimidation tactics to discourage dissent. But as we see, even a high school student can challenge these legislative bullies and win.
So yes, Sam Brownback, Emma was right. You do suck. Would you like to call my principal?