Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Arrogant Conduct Unbecoming

When John Shimkus (R-Collinsville) walked out on President Obama during his health care speech, many civilians thought it was nothing more than shear rudeness. Others knew better: A commissioned officer is an officer for life. Therefore, it was a public display of Conduct Unbecoming.

This is a pattern of behavior for Mr. Shimkus. It appears that ethics and laws are not applicable to him:

  • He rewarded his employee for violating federal laws.
  • He prefers protecting corporate titans rather than the citizens of IL-19.
  • He excuses his broken promises to the people.
  • He proudly misled a classroom filled with impressionable minds.
  • He vehemently admitted to not caring about his reprehensible actions as Chair of the Page Board.
  • He obfuscated during questions regarding $3,335,578 in federal funds he steered to the Save-A-Life Foundation (SALF) so U.S. House candidate Tim Bagwell, PhD (D-Olney) (a real congressman), did the job.
Mr. Shimkus provided The Southern with an interview justifying all his actions: Given what was said and what we were hearing, I think more people should have walked out, Shimkus said.

Obviously that is a prediction of future plans if the Republicans successfully control Congress in 2012. Not only is Mr. Shimkus planning a second walk-out, it will be a group effort. It is a bold move for a man who spent more time as an assistant supply officer than a platoon leader after completing his expensive taxpayer-paid West Point education and advanced Ranger training.

A debate? Why would Dr. Bagwell waste the time? Mr. Shimkus refused to respond to Dr. Bagwell's simple challenge of completing a questionnaire that is similar for Illinois candidates for lieuentant governor.

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