Living Large in Carson City: Of the Tea Party’s Invasion Wet Dreams and Children Edition

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More bizarre statements from the wacko that defines bizarre in Texas (if not in national) politics. Louie Gohmert is obviously the best politician that the Texas Tea Party’s money can buy because sane people wouldn’t vote for a wacko like this. Well, money and favorable gerrymandering of his district had something to do with it. How else could someone as dumb as dirt and proud of it ever be elected to any political office? Although, it is hard for me to conceive that the Texans I know from my past would have any part of this loser’s political cartoon antics.

Gohmert’s latest shenanigans takes advantage of the current Texas border crisis that has immigrant children being held like animals in cages and denied, for some, justifiable asylum from the horrors of their homelands. This on the heels of Governor Rick Perry strutting about and playing presidential candidate this past week and demanding President Obama deploy National Guard troops along the Rio Grande to help secure the border. What has become of my once beloved Texas that it is now inhabited by weirdoes, gun nuts, gay bashers, and evangelical spouters of hate and disharmony who have become the rule not the exception?

I digress.

The latest Gohmert brouhaha found voice in his speech from the floor of the House of Representatives last Friday. The live recorded feed is on CSPAN with Louie’s part beginning somewhere around the 3:38:00 mark of a four hour taping. Do yourself a favor and don’t go there. It begins with a near incoherent rambling intro of what the term invasion means, complete with definitions and explanation by Louie in a brain numbing monotone that is only slightly less than excruciating. Better to go to the UK Progressive Magazine’s website for the highlights in an article titled Texas Hospitality?  (Yes, Louie, the UK finds your antics laughable and incomprehensible. Texas used to deserve better than this).

In the article the magazine’s staff lays out the gist of Louie’s demands, and his thoughts on what needs to be done to solve the humanitarian crisis that the children find themselves in:

“Criticizing President Obama’s request for Congress to provide $3.7 billion in emergency funds to process the deportation proceedings of more than 52,000 children, mostly fleeing violence in Central America, Gohmert asked Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) to “use whatever means” like troops, ships of war, or taxes to “stop the invasion.”

Huh?

On the surface of this statement, Louie appears to be suggesting “troops, ships of war, or taxes (?)” should be used against these hapless children in an effort to ensure Louie’s borders are free from the evil scourge that they bring to our shores. The fact that they are unarmed, penniless and don’t seem to be in possession of any maritime assets is lost on the Congressman from Texas.

After poopooing the $3.7 billion that Obama called for from Congress, Louie’s brilliant idea is priceless.  From the article:

“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 invasion.”

Louie goes on to hedge his bet in a way, but at the same time, up the ante a bit:

“Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution provides that “[n]o state shall, without the consent of Congress . . . engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.”

Louie doesn’t understand that “invasion”, as it is used here, involves armed conflict, death, destruction, widespread chaos and an overall attempt to bring down the government. This situation, however, is about children fleeing hopeless situations at home that would force a mother and father to consider sending their children on a sordidly dangerous journey led by men with the scruples of bandits who care little if anything about the well-being of their children.

But wait, he wasn’t finished:

“Gohmert also suggested that the state of Texas should send National Guard to the border to secure the border, citing the time that President Woodrow Wilson sent General Pershing into Mexico to pursue Pancho Villa who had killed Americans.”

Some points to consider Louie: This isn’t the Mexican Revolution. Most of these children are from Central America (not Mexico. It’s a geography thing). The children are not Mexican revolutionaries, armed and dangerous, but refugees. And finally, while you seem to be unable to comprehend that most people see your blustering for what it is, an attempt of an inept, Tea Party sycophant whose only goal is to call attention to himself, it would be better if you simply got up on the floor of the House of Representatives and started shouting, “Hey look over here. Look at me. It’s Louie!” At least then, the UK would only be laughing at you, and not the problems Texas faces with this unfortunate humanitarian crisis.

 

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