It’s high time the Missouri state legislature addressed truly important issues, like the dastardly attempt by the Kansas University Alumni Association to make Jayhawk-themed license plates a reality in the Show-Me State. Thankfully, Rep. Stephen Webber is there to fight the good fight.
In a passionate speech last week, Webber said he’d oppose this measure until Kansas agreed to play Missouri in both basketball and football. It’s a novel idea, but let’s not forget Mizzou’s the team that changed conferences. For his part, Webber doesn’t seem to be a guy too tapped into the real world.
Here’s his full speech. It’s quite remarkable, if poorly written.
"Madam Speaker, I'm of course referring to the effort by some to affix the dreaded, disgusting Jayhawk symbol onto our Missouri license plates. Madam Speaker, in this state we brew the beer that the world drinks; we build the fighter planes that keep the world free; we raise the food that the world eats; and we raise Tiger fans. Madam Speaker, I was raised as one of those Tiger fans. To me there's no sweeter sounds than a good M-I-Z-screw-K-U chant.
Madam Speaker, there not nights that my town is happier than when those folks from the west have come into our community and in the Hearnes Center, Mizzou Arena we sent them whimpering back across the border. Madam Speaker, I would oppose an effort to affix that symbol to our license plates under pretty much any circumstance.
But it is exceptionally insulting this year. Madam Speaker, this year is the year that those folks to the west, after 120 years of competition, have decided that they no longer wish to meet our football team on the field of athletic competition. Now, to be honest, after the beat down that we've given them the last couple of years, I understand their decision. It is also the year that they've decided their basketball team, which they think very highly of, but if the year that they can't find the heart, they can't find the courage to play us, is the year that they want to add something to our license plate? I say, not if this body has anything to do with it.
Madam Speaker, I want to prevent the dreaded Jayhawk, the disgusting Jayhawk form being affixed to our beautifully crafted state license plates. I'm a reasonable person, though, Madam Speaker, and I tell you what: I think we should pass this amendment, and, if in the next 365 days, the Jayhawks find the courage to dig down in themselves and actually play us, then, Madam Speaker, I personally will file legislation to repeal this amendment. But if they're not willing to stand and play us, then, Madam Speaker, I say M-I-Z-no-KU."
Also, Webber didn’t even go to Missouri, which makes his flaming passion all the more enjoyable.
[H/T: Dr. Saturday]