An Illinois state lawmaker melted down on the state House floor on Tuesday over a pension reform proposal, tossing a stack of papers into the air as stunned colleagues looked on.
State Rep. Mike Bost of Murphysboro unleashed on the Democrats, led by House Speaker Mike Madigan, for not giving them enough time to read over the proposed bill.
"Total power in one person's hand — NOT the American way!" the Republican screamed right before throwing sheets into the air, then batting them away as they fluttered down. "These damn bills that come out here all the damn time, come out here at the last second, and I’ve got to try to figure out how to vote for my people?"
Bost, who's arms were flailing by this point, raged on, "You should be ashamed of yourselves! I’m sick of it! Every year we give power to one person! It was not made that way in the Constitution!"
"I feel like somebody trying to be released from Egypt. Let my people go!" Bost yelled, shifting gears into more biblical territory. "My God, they sent me here to vote for them! To argue for them! But I'm trapped. I'm trapped by the rules that have been forced down our throats."
Then, a sudden calm rushed over him. "Folks," he dramatically whispered. "We live in a democracy, but not here... But not here."
As dutifully noted by The Atlantic, he busted out "the old rap-battle mic drop" trick at the end. Boom!