It started as a letter from an 8th-grade student studying Latin to Vermont Senate Minority Leader Joe Benning. She asked the Senator to introduce a new state motto in Latin, much like many other states have.
A motto was developed. “Stella quarta decima fulgeat.” The translation is “May the fourteenth star shine bright,” a reference to Vermont being the fourteenth star added to the flag.
Harmless enough. Vermont’s official state motto, “Freedom and Unity” would remain intact. The student got a visit to the state capitol and a nice reward for her diligence.
When local TV station WCAX reported on the issue, their Facebook page was inundated with ignorance. Conservative buffoonery at it’s finest.
The issue? This is ‘Murica. We speak English. Them illegals gots no rightses to have their language in our state mottos.
Senator Benning told the Vermont Political Observer in an email:
I anticipated suffering the backroom internal joking from my colleagues in the legislature. What I did not anticipate was the vitriolic verbal assault from those who don’t know the difference between the Classics and illegal immigrants from South America.
It’s funny because dumbf*ckery makes me chuckle, but on the other hand, it is incredibly sad. What started as an extra-curricular school project by an enthusiastic young student becomes an attack on Latinos and of course, President Obama.
As of Super Bowl Sunday there are more than 600 comments on the article. I was astounded how long it took to screencap the stupidity from the first 2oo.
I took nearly FIFTY caps. In the interest of not being repetitive, I decided to weed out the ones that were basically repeats and was left with three categories to share; Dumb, dumber and dumbest.
In reality they all qualify as dumbest.
And then we have this guy:
Of Course not all Vermonters are imbeciles. This post gets the win: