This might be the craziest political speech you’ve seen. This is Illinois State Rep. Mike Bost absolutely losing it during a floor speech yesterday. And while he does go ballistic — throwing papers, screaming, and flailing his arms — he does have a good reason: earlier in the day a committee voted on a pension reform bill that then put it up for a vote for the entire House; but Bost was furious since the hundred-plus-page bill wouldn’t be properly vetted.
That led to this:
The local CBS station describes why some are upset with the bill. But I think it’s safe to say that Bost is most upset with the tactics and how supporters tried to force a vote. In short, he didn’t want to pass the bill to find out what was in it. And he had enough. Here’s how it sounded (you might want to turn the volume up if you’ve had it with politics as usual — Bost is your champion):
“Total power in one person’s hands – not the American way!” Bost began.
“These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second!” Bost added as he threw papers. “I’ve got to figure out how to vote for my people!”
“You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it!” he went on. “Every year! We give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution! He was around when it was written! Now we give him – we’ve passed rules that stop each one of us! Enough! I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt! Let my people go!”
This story has been updated.