House Speaker Louie Gohmert? Boy, wouldn’t that be loads of fun?

For someone who doesn’t achieve much of any import in Congress, Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican, sure gets a lot of public notice. Gohmert is frequently mentioned in the media (including this blog) mainly because almost everything he says is so deliciously crazy. He once advocated, for example, sending “ships of war” against immigrant children crossing the Mexican border into Texas in their flight from terror. Perhaps the funniest thing about Gohmert is that he seems to think all this media attention distinguishes him as a political leader. Consequently, he has declared himself ready to take the reins of power in the U.S. House, as we see HERE: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) said Sunday that he would challenge Speaker John A. Boehner for the top job in the House, becoming the second long-shot tea party House member in as many days to offer himself as an alternative to the Ohio Republican. “At this point, the Speaker’s election is not about a particular candidate,” Gohmert said in a statement. “It is about whether we keep the status quo or make the change the country demands. I am putting forward my name for consideration as Speaker and hope that with a new Speaker, be that me or someone else, we can fight for the ideals and principles that the voters wanted when they elected us in November.” Gohmert’s announcement came a day after Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) floated himself as a potential candidate for speaker. Both voted against Boehner for speaker in 2013 and face very long odds in dislodging him this time around. But their bids reflect the discontent with the speaker among some far-right conservatives on the eve of the opening of the new Congress....

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Gomer Gohmert calls for war against invading army of pre-teen children, most of whom are girls

The competition is stiff, but Rep. Louie Gohmert, the Texas Republican, is still ahead in the race for the title of Dumbest Member of Congress. HERE‘s his latest offensive: In a floor speech that was almost entirely overlooked somehow, Gohmert went full Buck Turgidson, suggesting that Texas use the authority granted by the U.S. Constitution to engage in a shooting war to fight off the undocumented immigrant children entering Texas. “Even with $3.7 billion that’s requested, there’s no way for what’s being called for is going to stop the invasion that’s occurring. That’s why I’m hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded — in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn’t normally be allowed to have or utilize, they’d be entitled in order to pay to stop the...

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Gomer Gohmert says you’re going to hell if you’re not a Christian

In the never-ending competition for the distinction as the looniest member of Congress, Texas Republican Louie Gohmert scored a few points yesterday. The setting was a House committee hearing in which Gohmert confronted the Rev. Barry Lynn on the matter of separation of church and state. HERE‘s part of that exchange: “Do you believe in sharing the good news that will keep people from going to Hell, consistent with Christian beliefs?” the Texas Republican wondered. Lynn, however, disagreed with the congressman’s “construction of what Hell is like or why one gets there.” “So, you do not believe somebody would go to Hell if they do not believe Jesus is the way, the truth, the life?” Gohmert pressed… “Congressman, what I believe is not necessarily what I think ought to justify the creation of public policy for everybody,” Lynn explained. “For the 2,000 different religions that exist in this country, the 25 million non-believers. I’ve never been offended, I’ve never been ashamed to share my belief. When I spoke recently at an American Atheists conference, it was clear from the very beginning, the first sentence that I was a Christian minister.” “So, the Christian belief as you see it is whatever you choose to think about Christ, whether or not you believe those words he said that nobody basically ‘goes to heaven except through me,’” Gohmert...

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I hate to admit it, but Gomer Gohmert is uncharacteristically flirting with a truism

U.S. Rep. Louie “Gomer” Gohmert, the Texas Republican known for regularly uttering idiocies, suddenly has stumbled upon a semblance of the truth regarding Freedom of Religion under the First Amendment. In some context or another, Gohmert said the other day that the constitutional separation between church and state was meant to be a “one-way wall” where the “church plays a role in the state.” Could it be that Gohmert has been reading my blog? I’ve been arguing for years that the Constitution forbids government involvement in religion, but does not necessarily forbid people from bringing their religious principles to government. The government should not show favor for one religion over another, nor should it promote religion over non-religion. In short, government should stay the hell out of religion. But there’s not necessarily anything wrong with people in government bringing religiously-held principles to their jobs — as long as their efforts don’t amount to government promotion of religion. For example, concern for the poor might arise from religious conviction. That’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with endorsing legislation that addresses that concern. But there’s plenty wrong with pushing for legislation that promotes prayer in public schools or otherwise compromises the government’s neutrality in religious matters....

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The Three Stooges visit Egypt

Here’s a video of Jon Stewart & Co. deftly skewering U.S. Reps. Michele Bachmann, Steve King and Louie Gohmert. (Don’t miss the last few minutes of this clip.) [youtube]http://youtu.be/Y2UO_3cMr1A[/youtube]

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