On Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives voted 398-1 to remove the word “lunatic” from federal law. Mental health advocacy organizations lobbied for the change, saying that the word is outdated and demeaning to people who suffer from mental illnesses. The Senate had voted unanimously last spring to remove references to the word in federal law.
Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas cast the only vote to keep the word in law. Gohmert said he has no problem with the word and, in fact, thinks it accurately describes “people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington” instead of “saving our country from bankruptcy.”
Gohmert has become known for his outrageous comments in Congress. You might recall, for example, that he think foreign terrorists are breeding babies on U.S. soil so that those children will be able to launch attacks on America from within when they’re older. He has also claimed — including in this stunning rant on Capitol Hill last summer — that radical Muslims are running amok in the Obama administration.
Gohmert’s support for democracy is so tenuous that in 2010, upset over the Senate’s passage of health… Read More
East Texas Congressman Louie “Terror Baby” Gohmert today defended the accusations and smears he and four other members of the U.S. House of Representatives have been aiming at Muslim Americans serving in the U.S. government. But he probably didn’t help himself when he directly insulted the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, U.S. Sen. John McCain. McCain has sharply criticized the anti-Muslim smears, particularly those suggesting that Huma Abedin is part of the Muslim Brotherhood. Abedin is a long-time aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Speaking on Dennis Miller’s radio show today, Gohmert had this to say:
“Well, it’s obvious that John McCain didn’t even read the letter because of what he said in accusing Michele [Bachmann] and us of making these horrible accusations. There were five letters and there were many things that are stated that are facts in each letter. And I wish some of these numb nuts would go out and read the letter before they make these horrible allegations about the horrible accusations we’re making. But we also know that John McCain himself had said back in the early stages of stuff going on in Egypt that he was,… Read More
Wow. East Texas Congressman Louis Gohmert is on a roll. Just a day after his outrageous rant against Muslims at a congressional hearing, today he linked the horrific shootings at a movie theater in Colorado to “ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs”:
“You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of a derelict takes place,” Gohmert said.
“Some of us happen to believe that when our founders talked about guarding our virtue and freedom, that that was important,” he said. “Whether it’s John Adams saying our Constitution was made only for moral and religious people … Ben Franklin, only a virtuous people are capable of freedom, as nations become corrupt and vicious they have more need of masters. We have been at war with the very pillars, the very foundation of this country.”
Ernest Istook, the host of the show and a former Oklahoma congressman, jumped in to clarify that nobody knows the motivation of the alleged Aurora gunman. Gohmert said that may be true, but suggested the shootings were still “a terrorist act” that could have been avoided… Read More
Sadly, this won’t surprise many folks. East Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert is one of five Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives who are facing sharp criticism from their colleagues for demanding an investigation into unfounded charges that Muslim extremists are infiltrating the U.S. government.
Two years ago Gohmert warned that pregnant foreign terrorists are breeding baby terrorists in America. Now he has joined Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and three other members of Congress in the latest example of anti-Muslim hysteria, and an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has become a smear target. From a CNN story:
Among the issues they raise is a claim that long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, has three family members connected to the Muslim Brotherhood, and is at risk of being influenced by her family members. The members of Congress want to know how she holds a high level security clearance.
“The concerns about the foreign influence of immediate family members is such a concern to the U.S. Government that it includes these factors as potentially disqualifying conditions for obtaining a security clearance, which undoubtedly Ms. Abedin has had to obtain to function… Read More