Is there a member of Congress from Texas more ridiculous than Ted Cruz? Louie Gohmert, you say? Possibly…but here’s another candidate for your consideration.
Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold backed the government shutdown and the attempts to tie it to Obamacare. The shutdown riled up a lot of voters in Farenthold’s district. He was interviewed by a Corpus Christi television station, KRISTV, about the political fallout from the shutdown.
Farenthold responded to the reporter’s comment that many of Farenthold’s constituents will no longer support him. The reporter specifically mentioned how some disabled vets are upset that they faced losing their disability checks. In a particularly foolish misstep, Farenthold dismissed those disabled vets with this comment:
“I feel like my mandate when I was elected was to go reduce the size of government, lower taxes, and increase freedom, and freedom isn’t free, and sometimes you have to make a small sacrifice to move forward with what you’re after.”
Here’s a Congressman asking disabled vets, who have suffered life-threatening wounds and lost limbs defending this country, to make a “small sacrifice” for Farenthold’s political agenda.
[…] It takes a special type of political stupidity to dis disabled vets…further evidence that the reactionaries currently in control of the GOP in the House are in their own Bizarro political world.
Tbogg‘s take on Texas and Farenthold.
It is a well established fact that America only tolerates Texas because it has oil and Austin and probably something else of value that I can’t think of off the top of my head. Let’s see …. nope … I got nothin’. But there are times when Texas gets on our last nerve (to be fair, that is usually reserved for Florida) and we just shake our heads and start to wonder if maybe Mexico would be willing to take Texas back if we can find the receipt in a drawer somewhere , and even if we have to pay a 15% restocking fee.
I know I’d chip in.
Which brings us to Texas’s own Blake Farenthold (R-Golden Corral), who barely squeaked into office in his first go-around, but then his district was redrawn (moar whitez, less brownz) and now he will hold his seat until the End Times, who is here to explain that America’s disabled vets need to suck it up and take one for the team and that they should rub some dirt on it and put whatever skin they didn’t leave behind on the battlefield into the game when it comes to “sacrifice”.
Having spent a fair amount of time in Texas, let me say that there are a number of things in that state worth saving besides Austin. San Antonio is one of them. Love that little city.
The real problem in Texas is the same one that plagues all red states. The Republican party. Get rid of the Perrys, Gohmerts and Farentholds and you’re three quarters of the way into restoring Texas’s reputation. Demographics is doing its part with an increase in the number of Hispanic voters. A couple more election cycles should do the trick…maybe even sooner with the help of Wendy Davis who has a real shot at replacing Perry in the governor’s mansion.