Once upon a time, Joe Walsh was a brash, tactless, child support-avoiding Republican congressman from Illinois. He lost his reelection campaign in 2012, due in no small part to the things he said about his opponent, Tammy Duckworth. Rep. Duckworth is a double amputee, having been severely injured in Iraq when the helicopter she was piloting was struck by an RPG. That didn’t sit well with Mr. Walsh, who only loves veterans when it helps him somehow, much like the majority of politicians. So he decided it would be a grand idea to attack a decorated war veteran in his feeble attempt to hold on to his job.
During a town hall meeting in July of 2012, Walsh said this about Lt. Colonel Duckworth:
Understand something about John McCain. His political advisers, day after day, had to take him and almost throw him against a wall and hit him against the head and say, “Senator, you have to let people know you served! You have to talk about what you did!” He didn’t want to do it, wouldn’t do it. Day after day they had to convince him. Finally, he talked a little bit about it, but it was very uncomfortable for him. That’s what’s so noble about our heroes. Now I’m running against a woman who, my God, that’s all she talks about. Our true heroes, it’s the last thing in the world they talk about. That’s why we’re so indebted and in awe of what they’ve done.
That is in fact not all she talked about, and that’s what had Joe Walsh so scared. Tammy Duckworth spoke about jobs, and veterans, and the economy, while all Walsh could do was spit venom at a woman who almost lost her life serving our country.
In hindsight, perhaps we should not have expected much from a man who said this during another town hall meeting, about African Americans and Hispanics:
The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything. They want the Hispanic vote, they want Hispanics to be dependent upon government, just like they got African-Americans dependent upon government. That’s their game. Jesse Jackson would be out of work if they weren’t dependent upon government. There’d be no work for him.
Since Walsh was still a congressman when he made this little speech, wouldn’t that make him dependent on the government? Quick tangent: What is it with all these conservatives who hate the government, but want government to pay their salaries? It’s very similar to their “anti-big government” tirades, unless you’re gay or have a vagina. Then it’s all “We have to tell you what to do because government should legislate morality, but not regulate our air or water.”
Anyway, Joe Walsh is back in the headlines this week after he joined the ever-growing Pissed Off White Conservative Man Twitter Club™, and decided to send out a message about media response to the Charlie Hebdo massacre to all his Twits. Ready?
Let’s hope that when the Islamists next strike they first behead the appeasing cowards at CNN, MSNBC, etal who refused to show the cartoons.
You know what other cable network decided not to show the Charlie Hebdo cartoons? Fox. Which means Joe Walsh wants terrorists to behead the “appeasing cowards” at Fox News. Now, before we jump all over Mr. Walsh, let’s remember-we’ve all done this. In the heat of the moment, head pounding, fingers flying across a keyboard, we’ve all typed angry. And the moment we hit enter, we gasp, and think “Oh my God what the hell did I just do?!” The thing is, and perhaps Mr. Walsh isn’t aware of this, there’s a way to delete your Tweets. If, seconds after Tweeting his desire to see journalists, producers, pundits, and whatever they employ over at Fox beheaded, Joe Walsh slapped his forehead and cried “SHIT,” he could have just deleted his post. But this is a guy who made a name for himself making really offensive statements about pretty much everything. Like abortion. From Politico:
‘With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance’ of an abortion necessary to save the life of the mother, Walsh said after a debate with Tammy Duckworth, his Democratic opponent, according to the Chicago Tribune. ‘… There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.’
Personally, my favorite Walsh-ism (after the “behead the appeasing cowards” Tweet) is this bastardization of Martin Luther King, Jr.s (copyrighted) “I Have a Dream” speech. Walsh shared his version in 2013, on the same day America celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. And by favorite, what I mean is worst. Horrible. Disgustingly racist. Here:
I have a dream that all black parents will have the right to choose where their kids attend school.
I have a dream that all black boys and girls will grow up with a father.
I have a dream that young black men will stop shooting other young black men.
I have a dream that all young black men will say “no” to gangs and to drugs.
I have a dream that all black young people will graduate from high school.
I have a dream that young black men won’t become fathers until after they’re married and they have a job.
I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say “no” to young black men who want to have sex.
I have a dream that today’s black leadership will quit blaming racism and “the system” for what ails black America.
I have a dream that black America will take responsibility for improving their own lives.
I have a dream that one day black America will cease their dependency on the government plantation, which has enslaved them to lives of poverty, and instead depend on themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities.
At the end of the day, perhaps none of us should be surprised that former GOP congressman Joe Walsh wants a few people beheaded by terrorists. Given his track record, it would be surprising if he suddenly popped up on social media, oozing empathy, class, and humility.