Mississippi Libertarian congressional candidate Ron Williams has a message for the Yankee mayors opposed to Chcik-fil-A’s anti-gay agenda: They “need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP.”

In a letter to the Sun Herald Williams wrote: “Let me make it clear, the CEO is being punished by government officials because he exercised his First Amendment right of free speech. The Constitution is very clear. When government restricts and punishes the people for exercising their First Amendment rights, then we are to default to the Second Amendment (right to keep and bear arms). These two mayors need to be introduced to the Second Amendment ASAP….The correct response to these mayors would be to send troops or whatever to remove these men from office, by whatever means is necessary.”

Williams clarified his statement
“I’m not saying anybody should go shoot these mayors,” Williams said. “But politicians need to be reminded, our founding fathers were quite clear that it’s quite possible for our country to fall back into the hands of tyranny … I’m a thou-shalt-not-kill kind of guy, but these guys should be reminded of the Second Amendment … I guess the word reminded would have been better (in the letter) … I needed a thesaurus beside me.”
Once again, we have a grandstanding politician in Dixie, whose obsession with defending fundamentalism — WITH GUNS — overrides the urgency of fixing the state’s massive problems. For those who don’t know, Mississippi is the most religious state in the nation, but the least Christian in terms of sharing the priorities that Jesus would actually care about.  It’s healthcare system is such a shambles that it has turned to Iran for help. Nevertheless, Gov. Phil Bryant might not take federal money for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), because presumably he prefers Ahmadinejadcare. Feast on these Mississippi statistics:
  • Sixty-nine percent of adult Mississippians are obese or overweight (Keep eating Chick-fil-A!!)
  • A Mississippi black man’s life expectancy is lower than the average American’s life expectancy was in 1960.
  • A quarter of the state’s households don’t have access to decent, healthful food
  • The state has the highest rate of teen births in the nation. (Yet, there is one abortion clinic in Mississippi, and Gov. Phil Bryant, a former deputy sheriff, is working hard to render it inoperable. Until this year, schools taught abstinence. See Uganda’s results.)
  • In the United States, the black infant mortality rate is more than twice that of white infants, so Mississippi, which is 37 percent black, has huge neonatal intensive care units. Caring for the thousands of premature babies (weighing between one and four pounds) costs millions of dollars. According to Dr. Glen Graves of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, these tiny, deprived babies grow up to be plagued with chronic illnesses.
  • Human Rights Watch calls the Deep South “the epicenter of the H.I.V. epidemic in the United States, with more people living and dying of AIDS than in any region in the country.”
  • Blacks in Mississippi are dying from AIDS at a rate 64 percent higher than the nation’s average.
  • Of the state’s population of nearly three million, 550,000 are uninsured. At the moment, Governor Bryant is claiming that the state might not accept federal money to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But even if it does, there won’t be enough doctors to see all the Mississippians who need them; the state has 176 doctors per 100,000 people, the lowest such number in the country.

I know that the good ole boys in Mississippi like to talk tough and stroke their beloved guns. But given that 7 out of 10 Mississippians are obese, I’m  placing my bet on Chicago if a bunch of fundies waddle north to pick a firefight.  At least they go to the gym, instead of stuffing their faces with Slim Jims. Plus, I wouldn’t mess with Rahm — he doesn’t seem to take any s**t.

But in all seriousness, with the health and well-being of the state’s residents in crisis, why are blowhards like Ron Williams distracting voters with trivial issues? Maybe because they don’t have any real solutions to offer the citizens of that ailing state.

P.S. Don’t take it personally Mississippians. I’m from the dysfunctional state of Florida. We gave the nation Terri Schaivo, Elian Gonzalez, and hanging chads. We are one more election and two chick-fil-A sandwiches from becoming you.