Representative Virgil Peck of Tyro said he was trying to make a joke during a meeting of the Kansas House Appropriations Committee. They were talking about a proposal to control the state’s wild hog population by shooting feral swine from helicopters. Peck commented: “If shooting these immigrating feral hogs works, maybe we have found a solution to our illegal immigration problem”.
Other committee members gasped. Peck later apologized … said he comments were “regrettable” … and that his constituents in southeast Kansas are upset about illegal immigration.
I’m sure there are Kansans who find nothing objectionable about a joke like Peck’s. There are also Kansans who think jokes about blacks, Jews, and Polish people are acceptable as well. People are free to think as they wish and say what they want, as the Supreme Court recently affirmed again. But one would think an elected official would have a little more common sense than to say such a thing in public.
I hope Peck’s constituents don’t find the joke amusing.
Our thought for today is from Henry Cate VII:
“The problem with political jokes is they get elected.”