If House Republicans did not have Louie Gohmert to promote their lunatic fringe, they’d have to invent someone just like him.
The House voted on Wednesday to strike the word “lunatic” from all federal laws and only one lawmaker voted against the measure: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
It was unclear initially why the Tea Party favorite opposed the change, and a Gohmert spokeswoman did not return a request for comment. The point of the bill, which cleared the Senate in May with no opposition, is to strike language from current law that contributes to the stigmatization of mental health conditions.
Why did the House vote 398-1 in favor of striking out the word from the federal code?
“Federal law should reflect the 21st-century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. code,” Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) said.
But, in true TeaBagger fashion, Louie Gohmert has never had any real use for 21st-century sensibilities.
Not only should we not eliminate the word ‘lunatic’ from federal law when the most pressing issue of the day is saving our country from bankruptcy, we should use the word to describe the people who want to continue with business as usual in Washington.
Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? In Gohmert’s mind, removing the word “lunatic” from the federal code somehow removes it from the English language. In truth, Loony Louie is just preserving his perfect record of lunacy. You might remember him as the man who,
- …is more than happy to sell guns to suspected American terrorists. Must protect that 2nd Amendment at all costs!
- …declared that President Obama’s Libyan intervention was a plot to intentionally deplete the military and then call up the Obama Army as spelled out in the Affordable Care Act.
- …wants to eliminate the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office because the CBO was ‘foolish’ enough to suggest that extending the Bush tax cuts would increase the federal deficit.
- …exposed the Terror Baby plot.
“I talked to a retired FBI agent who said that one of the things they were looking at were terrorist cells overseas who had figured out how to game our system. And it appeared they would have young women, who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby,” said Gohmert. “They wouldn’t even have to pay anything for the baby. And then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists. And then one day, twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life. ‘Cause they figured out how stupid we are being in this country to allow our enemies to game our system, hurt our economy, get set up in a position to destroy our way of life.”
And Louie wants to keep the word “lunatic” in the federal code. Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.