On January 13, the West Virginia Senate narrowly passed Bill SB 1: WV Workplace Freedom Act. Senator Robert Karnes, Chair of Agricultural and Rural Development and Natural Resources Committees, had nothing but disdain and condescension for the people of West Virginia who dared to show up and speak their minds about what affects their livelihood.
Don’t let the small town, one of the people, persona fool you. As workers took the time out of their day and their paychecks to participate in the lawmaking process, showing up to make their voices heard, the Senator let the people know how he really felt about them as you can see in the following video:
Regardless of your feelings on unions and right to work laws what should be noted here is that the Senator doesn’t care what the people he represents have to say– unless they agree with him. Citizens of West Virgina, do you believe that this man could possibly be voting in your favor when this is the way he treats you face to face when the big cameras aren’t rolling?
When those carefully chosen words, designed to rally people who already support him aren’t planted in front of him? I have doubts that he could and you should too, especially when he seemed more that confident in his right to say what he did without fear of censure and the silence of his party seems to suggest they support this sort of thinking. The beyond insulting insinuation that these people who put blood, sweat, and tears into taking care of their families are lazy is not one that should be ignored.
They don’t want us there watching and keeping an eye on what they are doing. An ignorant populace is a much easier to control populace, and we upset the apple cart when we show up and hold these lawmakers responsible for the effects the laws they pass have on our families and us.
All I can say to my home state is that every election counts and remember how you are treated and by whom and continue to show up.