Where is Their Common Sense; Where is Their Consideration for Others

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Check out this picture of State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita speaking on the Senate floor on Friday:

Photo from Pamela Powers Hannley

Or this one of former Speaker of the Arizona House (now Senator) J.D. Mesnard:

Photo from AZ Central

Or Democratic Senate Leader David Bradley:

Photo from Pamela Powers Hanley

When the Arizona State Senate adjourned sine die on Friday on a 24 to 6 vote, those who watched the proceedings could tell who the Democrats and mainstream Republicans were and which individuals were part of the science-denying reactionary fringe populace.

How?

The Democrats and mainstream Republicans (most of the majority of their caucus who voted to adjourn) were wearing masks to minimize exposure to the Coronavirus. The apparent Trump Zone-Fox Island-Disinfowars reactionary fringe members were not.

While one can make allowances for people to choose not to wear masks because of a person’s philosophical and ideological beliefs or their choice to deny the common sense of the science regarding disease prevention, no one can excuse the total lack of consideration for others, especially those with chronic health conditions, by attempting to prove a point (whatever that is) that results in potentially exposing fellow Senate members to danger.

State Senator Martin Quezada commented towards those not wearing masks:

“You could have been exposed. And now you’ve impacted me. And you could have impacted my elderly father who was filling up at the gas tank next to you.”

These fringe members of the old party of Lincoln should look at the current spread of the infection among the White House team to see how their science-denying lack of common sense maskless approach is not working well for them.

The Stable Genius in the Oval Office should look at it as well.

All legislative members, including those in the Arizona State House, should heed the words of Senator Lela Alston, who said in supporting the adjournment:

“Staying alive is more important than going back to work.”

It is really wrong that a fringe group of legislators are perfectly content to expose people to a potential safety hazard during a public health emergency just so they can promote legislation such as measures to suppress voter turnout.

The people expect more common sense and respect towards others from their public servants.

 

 

 

 

 

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

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