When it comes to running for political office, practically anyone can do it. As long as you meet whatever requirements the office has and follow the necessary steps, you can be a legitimate candidate for public office. This explains how a crazy person like Rep. Louie Gohmert manages to become a member of Congress.
Often I use the term “crazy” as hyperbole to emphasize just how ridiculous someone is behaving, but not when I talk about Gohmert. He is someone who I believe is flat-out nuts. It’s as if an article from WND.com came to life and managed to get elected to Congress.
And while he’s said plenty of absolutely insane things in the past, his ridiculous rant about President Obama following the San Bernardino shooting, in my opinion, perfectly exemplifies the insanity that’s driving today’s Republican party.
Here’s what he said while co-hosting for a radical right-wing radio show:
The places in the country where there’s so much death from guns are places that have very strong gun control, so it’s rather ironic that we have a president and Hillary Clinton, a wannabe president, who’s telling us after they have allowed so many people to come into this country as refugees; we know just this year there were at least a dozen people who came in, were brought into this country as refugees, most of them given citizenship and then they have been charged this year, some have been charged, some have been convicted already, of being terrorists. So the president has an open, porous border, people are pouring across and we know that some violent people have come in across our southern border. They come in, every week we read of new violent crimes, murders, rapes, obviously the vast majority don’t do that, but when you have a porous border, you get people who are criminals.
Then we learned again this week that it may be 179,000 or so that we know of who are illegally in the country, have been picked up by the administration but have been let loose on the interior of our country. You know the name Caitlin [sic] who was killed out in San Francisco by an illegal alien, a criminal illegal alien, and fortunately every alien that’s here illegally is not committing felonies but there are those who are.
So the president has presided over hundreds of thousands, millions really, being in the country illegally, at least 179,000 that, as I understand it, they have detained previously but have let loose on the country who have committed crimes, including murder, rape, robbery. And with all of those people that are coming into the country, some of whom are violent criminals, coming into our interior, some of them are actually picked up by Homeland Security and shipped all over our country, no matter whether they’re sick or not, I’ve seen them shipped out while they’re sick, but they’re shipped all over the country, not knowing for sure whether they’re violent criminals or not. So then we have people in the country that should never have been allowed in the country.
Refugees that have been allowed in the country, some of whom are violent terrorists, and they’ve been let in the country, and then when they do some act of violence, we’re told, and I know they haven’t said these words but basically by the position the administration is taking, they’re saying, ‘Yep, we’ve let all of these terrorists, these criminals come into the middle of our country, so all of you law-abiding citizens are going to have to give up your Second Amendment rights because I’ve let all these terrorists in; we can’t let terrorists go in and buy guns so we need to be really restrictive.’ So law-abiding citizens are going to have to give up a big portion of their Second Amendment rights because we’ve allowed all of these terrorists to be in our country without doing anything to remove them. Yes they’ve removed some, but there’s a massive number they haven’t.
As members of Congress, we are supposed to, we take an oath and we are supposed to be defensive against all enemies foreign and domestic. The president is. We owe an oath to the Constitution. Then we see reports that some folks, maybe two-thirds of people who believe in Allah, actually would like to see Sharia law take over the place of our Constitution. You cannot be an American citizen and believe Sharia law should supplant our Constitution.
In case you decided to just skim through that, what Louie Gohmert is essentially saying is that President Obama is currently orchestrating a plot to spread criminals and terrorists throughout the country – especially in the interior – as part of an elaborate ploy to seize guns and help Muslims implement Sharia law. He quite literally called President Obama an enemy of the United States.
I’m not a mental health professional, but if Gohmert honestly believes what he said, he needs some serious help. To really believe that nonsense isn’t healthy. Especially when it’s based on absolute delusions.
While his words are comically cartoonish, they’re not at all shocking. In fact, in this little diatribe, he perfectly summarized how most conservatives I encounter feel about President Obama. While they might not all be as radical as Gohmert, most do seem to view this president as some sort of anti-American radical Islamist who is trying to destroy this country.
Then as the Jade Helm nonsense showed us, with people literally burying their guns in their backyards to hide them, even going on seven years into his presidency many Republicans still believe he’s going to enact some massive gun confiscation. Even though the most “radical” thing the president has even suggested is reauthorizing the assault weapons ban, expanding background checks and banning high-capacity magazines. These aren’t exactly “radical ideas” – unless you’re an extremely paranoid individual bordering on mental instability.
And the worst part is, this sort of rhetoric is never condemned by the GOP. Here we have a sitting member of Congress essentially accusing the President of the United States of treason – and the depravity of these comments won’t get a single condemnation from party leadership.
Then again, why would they? It’s been this sort of ridiculous rhetoric that’s driven the Republican party for the last few years.
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