Elijah Cummings and the Pig PictureThe situation was already childish. It's not that there's any real reason for the picture to continue to hang in the US Capitol building, it's that we have grown men and women, the leaders of our country, acting like children over it. One takes it down, and the other puts it back up. Over and over it goes. Today, it went up and down 6 times.
When Elijah Cummings decided to open his mouth, is where the situation gets interesting. Cummings (D-Maryland) engaged on the issue in his normal "how dare you" tone, stating that the situation is about protecting constitutional rights. Presumably, he's referring to the 1st Amendment. The interesting part about that, is that Cummings didn't develop this forgiving and protective opinion until it came to someone trying to remove something HE wants to stay.
In June, 1999 Elijah voted against Amendment 26 to H R 1501, which essentially says, the power to display the Ten Commandments on public property is declared to be among the powers reserved to the states.... It also declares that individual religious expression on public grounds is "among the rights secured against laws respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise of religion and among the liberties which no state shall deprive any person without due process of law.... Moreover: The courts constituted, ordained, and established by the Congress shall exercise the judicial power in a manner consistent with the foregoing declarations." Also, in November of 2005, he voted no to H R 1606: Online Freedom of Speech Act.
He ran his mouth quite often about how Chief Justice Roy Moore should be removed from his position because he refused to remove a replication of the Ten Commandments from the wall of his courtroom.
Elijah Cummings is a jackass. There's nothing new about that. What's new, is that he's suddenly developed an apparent deep and heartfelt respect for the First Amendment. Strange how some people go back and forth on that.
In closing, I honestly couldn't care less about the picture. Yes, it's disrespectful, and should probably be taken down. However, perhaps it would benefit the people who are "offended" by the depiction of cops as pigs, to simply grow up and realize that you can remove the symbolism, but it doesn't change the perspective. Stop being offended all the damn time, and you take away a person's power to control you emotionally. Wow. Children ...