Wednesday, February 23, 2011

#153: Louie Gohmert

Gohmert is a current Republican U.S. Representative from Texas's 1st congressional district. That’s a rather scary thought. Gohmert's position as a hardcore fiscal rightwing is not surprising. His lunacy may be made more obvious by the fact that he signed on as a co-sponsor of H.R. 1503, which would "amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution". Still, that might have been opportunistic pandering to the substantial nutblock on GOP’s right wing.

There's no getting around the terror babies bit, however (see also here). And he cannot get around his response to a CDC report saying that Americans did not eat enough fruits and vegetables: ““Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. They want all the power of the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal, CDC , they going to be calling people and finding out how many fruits and vegetables you eat (sic) today. This is socialism of the highest order!" You can virtually see the synapses short-circuiting during the mental processing that goes on in Gohmert’s head here.

To crown the case for the inclusion of Gohmert, you could watch this clip (Gohmert arguing against the protection of gays since that would lead to the protection of pedophiles and necrophiliacs, and he wants Alan Keyes for president – and that last fact is enough to qualify Gohmert for any list of loons).

If there is still any doubt about the helpless ignorance, incompetence and nuttery of Gohmert, try this. Or this one.

You can also watch Debbie Riddle make a fool of herself trying to defend Gohmert’s idea of terror babies.

Diagnosis: It scares me a little that after dealing with this row of unhinged nutters, Gohmert comes across as almost normal. He isn’t. He is insane.

18 comments:

  1. Well, if there were any trace of doubt concerning Gohmert's candidacy, this one should probably do the trick.

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  2. Err yes, that alone does the trick. And here's one more bit of recent fun.

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  3. And this one is pretty, uh, far out there as well.

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  4. Here's Gohmert summing up Obama's presidency thus far. "Hyperbole" is not the word, but "batshit, unhinged insanity" comes rather close.

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  5. Predictably enough, Gohmert's latest prayer event was a mixture of ghastly fundie craziness and pseudo-history, complete with David Barton.

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  6. Here’s Gohmert claiming that the US is worse off now than during slavery. Although the comparison appears superficially to concern some kind of abstract “distance from God” measure, there are more obvious interpretations of what he has in mind. More here.

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  7. Gohmert tries to argue that the military under Obama is pushing active discrimination against Christianity. But Gohmert has never liked facts or truths.

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  8. One of Gohmert's important talking points in the gun control debate is how guns are needed to prevent a sharia takeover.

    Another argument that illustrates Gohmert's relationship with reality is his argument that Vietnam was winnable and would have been won if Washington hadn't decided not to win it. Because ... well. Here are some more cents on gay marriage. And, for completeness, here is his already legendary take on how the Internet works.

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  9. He's kind of the Energizer Bunny of lunacy.

    Here (sorry that this isn't a nice embedded pretty link...can I put HTML in these comments?) he's explaining that he is against all forms of gun control because gay marriage leads to bestiality. And that if Christians don't get out and vote, then churches will be forced to hire cross-dressing Satan worshipers.

    No, really!

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/louie-gohmert-opposes-gun-control-because-gay-marriage-leads-bestiality



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  10. This one shows his...er...impeccable logic:

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/louie-gohmert-opposes-gun-control-because-gay-marriage-leads-bestiality

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  11. At least Gohmert has a knack for combining his bigotry into something unified and insane. For instance, he has recently argued that we need to build a border fence because Muslim terrorists are being taught to act Hispanic, for which he provided exactly the same amount of incontrovertible evidence as always.

    He has recently been particularly concerned with the muslim brotherhood members in the Obama administration, and here he combines that claim with his border fence suggestion and the Boston Marathon bombings, in a manner that is not particularly brilliant.

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  12. Gohmert is quickly establishing himself as one of the looniest creatures in American politics, and the list of lunatic stupidity from that source is starting to get long.

    His attempt to show that CAIR & ISNA are "front organizations for the Muslim Brotherhood," and trying to implement sharia law is worthy of whale.to, and his attempts to argue that gay marriage signals the collapse of civilization (also here), while predictable, is pretty far away from anything having anything to do with reality.

    Still, a new low was reached when he tried to argue that Obama has declared war on Christianity, invoking evolution (which he neither understands nor accepts) to try to paint his detractors as silly in the process. You can see how things went when he teamed up with Bachmann on marriage and history here.

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  13. We all know that Gohmert is wrong. But how wrong is it possible for him to be? Well, this argument that radical islamists are taking Spanish lessons because we don't fear hispanics is pretty telling (what, pray tell, is the conclusion you draw from that premise?) He is also skeptical of vaccines. He is skeptical of vaccines because someone (Alan Keyes?) suggested to him that liberal elites could be culling the population to preserve Earth's resources.

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  14. He spells his name "Louie," but it still rhymes with "screwy."

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    1. Fixed. And yeah, some of these old entries could have done with an update.

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  15. Gohmert is doing his best to take home the prize of being the stupidest member of Congress. You can see his level of brilliance in this bizarre rant, for instance. Apart from incoherence, Gohmert’s toolbox contains primarily appeals to conspiracy theory (for instance his claim that Obamacare created a secretive security force that apparently only he can see) and, being a wingnut’s wingnut, Gohmert this (predictable) way of reacting when having a political disagreement with McCain – he accused McCain of supporting Al Qaeda. Yup, that’s what counts as making a political argument in Gohmert’s circles. Obama, on the other hand, is trying to achieve peace by “allowing evil people to take over the world,” which is surely not the way Gohmert would try to achieve world peace.

    Oh, and the religious fundie backdrop. Gohmert, being dismayed at the existence of people with different religious beliefs than himself has suggested for instance that atheists should encourage prayer to boost national security, and that it is somehow unpatriotic of them not to do so. Since prayer has worked so well for national security in the past (it has worked for Gohmert; once God answered his prayers by creating the Tea Party). And note that this is why he feels entitled to dismiss people’s complaints about forced prayers in public schools and offices. He also endorsed the recent and infamous Arizona anti-gay bill, because it was a way of challenging “the religion of secularism.” To back up his points about religion and secularism he has offered this.

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