Idiot of the Week #1 – Newt Gingrich

newt-bachmanI generally do not go trolling for my “idiot of the week” … no need to, as they usually jump our and smack me in the head, or fall into my lap!  There are just so darned many to choose from.  This week, however, I nearly forgot, being tied up with multiple other issues about which to write.  But today two jumped out and caught my eye … Newt Gingrich was the first, and the other was none other than America’s #2 Bimbo, saying … Me, me, me … choose ME for Idiot of the Week!!!  There is, after all, a reason she is America’s #2 Bimbo.  However, I will start with Mr. Gingrich, primarily because there are people who actually take him seriously, whereas most everybody sees Ms. Bachman for the fool that she is.  If time and space permit, I will honour Ms. Bachman with the title in another post.

newt-2Newt was one of the final three under consideration by Trump for running mate, but as earlier noted, he lost out to Mike Pence, governor of Indiana.  But Newt is not disappointed, as “I will be sort of the leader in how we rethink and how we reformulate the entire federal government,” he claims.  NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooo!  Say it ain’t so!  It is interesting, in light of the fact that just last month Gingrich referred to Trump as “an absurd amateur who needs to learn from his mistakes”.  Gosh, Newtie, might you be one of those mistakes?

All politicians, all people in the public eye, in fact, say stupid things that they kick themselves for later.  But some … well, it seems they just open their mouths and out flows the stupid.  Of course Trump/Palin/Bachman take the prize for that, but Gingrich has had some ‘moments’ as well (my own snarky barbs in blue):

  • “I’m not a natural leader. I’m too intellectual; I’m too abstract; I think too much.” Choke, cough, laugh, gurgle, choke …
  • “If the Soviet empire still existed, I’d be terrified. The fact is, we can afford a fairly ignorant presidency now.” Guess that is why he felt qualified to run in 2012, huh?
  • “The idea that a congressman would be tainted by accepting money from private industry or private sources is essentially a socialist argument.” Um … yeah, sure. Those guys just donate out of the goodness of their hearts, with no expectation for an … shall we say, favours … in return.
  • “The problem isn’t too little money in political campaigns, but not enough.” Huh?  Are not the terms ‘too little’ and ‘not enough’ essentially the same thing?
  • “I have enormous personal ambition. I want to shift the entire planet. And I’m doing it. I am now a famous person. I represent real power.” No display of ego here, huh?
  • “It doesn’t matter what I do. People need to hear what I have to say. There’s no one else who can say what I can say. It doesn’t matter what I live.” Do as I say, not as I do.  For I am the Great and Powerful OZ!

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  • “She isn’t young enough or pretty enough to be the President’s wife.” (Speaking of his first wife, Marianne, after divorcing her) Yessir, he and Trump are two peas in a pod.  At least she looks more down-to-earth than Melania Trump!

 

  • “I am convinced that if we do not decisively win the struggle over the nature of America, by the time they’re my age they will be in a secular atheist country, potentially one dominated by radical Islamists and with no understanding of what it once meant to be an American.” Huh?  Which is it, Newt … secular atheist or radical Islamist?  The two are 180° apart!
  • “I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican party is that we don’t encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, and loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words.” Well no worries now, Newt … Trump has rectified that ‘problem’ and taken nasty to previously unheard of levels! 
  • “So let me say on the record, any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.” Again … huh?
  • And the very worst one yet, the one that led to my decision to name him Idiot of the Week, “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in Sharia law, they should be deported.”  No snarky barb on this one … his words speak for themselves.

newt-youngIt is unclear who initiated the phrase, but I have heard it said more than once that Newt Gingrich is ‘A Stupid Man’s Idea Of What A Smart Person Sounds Like’.  That sounds about right.  Now, granted there are bigger idiots I could have chosen for Idiot of the Week, but given that Newt is apparently to have a leadership role in “reformulating the entire federal government” if Trump is elected (please no please no please no), and given that he just threw the entire 1st Amendment in the fire with his statement about Muslims, I think it is important that we get to know the man and come to understand that, like so many in the Trump camp, he is certainly deserving of the Idiot of the Week designation.  Next up … Michele Bachman … unless somebody else jumps in my face first.

No Gays in the Space Colony, says Congressman!

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Louis Gohmert

He looks normal enough.  Look at his picture … who would ever guess that behind that benign smile lies the mind of a lunatic?  His name is Louis Gohmert, and he is a Republican, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas.  He has held this office since January, 2005, eleven years.  He is married, has three daughters, and even teaches Sunday school.  Sounds normal, doesn’t he?  Just goes to show that you must never judge a book by its cover, because this man is anything but normal, my friends!

martianPoint in case:  Last week, Mr. Gohmert gave a speech to the House of Representatives stating that in the event of an asteroid colliding with earth, we would need to establish a space colony by putting people in a “space ship that can go, as Matt Damon did in the movie [The Martian], plant a colony somewhere, we can have humans survive this terrible disaster about to befall, if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples? You’re wanting to save humankind for posterity, basically a modern-day Noah, you have that ability to be a modern day Noah, you can preserve life. How many same-sex couples would you take from the animal kingdom and from humans to put on a spacecraft to perpetuate humanity and the wildlife kingdom?”

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Jonathan Cahn

This, he claims, is justification for LGBT discrimination here on earth, justification for denying any rights to the LGBT community.  He claims that the end of the earth is near, and cites another mentally deficient persona, Jonathan Cahn, a self-professed Rabbi from New York, who claims that God is punishing the U.S. and France for allowing gay marriage, and that the end of the world is near. Of course, Cahn was also the man who predicted a “cataclysmic event in America” to happen on 13 September 2015, and when absolutely nothing of note happened on that day, his only response was that “you can’t put God in a box or He’ll get out of it.”  Right, and if you speak nonsense and talk in circles, nobody will challenge you because they are too busy scratching their heads and trying to figure out exactly what you said!

Mr. Gohmert’s mental unbalance is nothing new, though this space colony thing is certainly his crowning achievement.  In 2010, he put forth the theory that there was an insidious plot afoot involving so called “terror babies.” He claimed he had uncovered a plot involving terrorists sending pregnant women into the US to birth their ‘America-hating children’. The mothers and their kids then return home where, the congressman says, the children “could be raised and coddled as future terrorists”— and later, “twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.” When interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Cooper asked Mr. Gohmert what proof he had to offer, but since he had, apparently, none, he merely ranted and raved. In 2012, he joined up with Americas #2 bimbo, Michele Bachman, and three others, sending letters to the Inspectors General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice and the Department of State outlining their “serious national security concerns”, aka “terror babies”.  The group was praised for its inanity by none other than former representative Newt Gingrich.

Mr. Gohmert has won six elections, nearly all by a wide margin of between 70%-90%.  I fail to understand how his obviously delusional character continues to win so much of the popular vote in Texas.  Mr. Gohmert will be running for re-election in November.  Please, good citizens of Texas, give this man a much-needed break so he can seek treatment for his obviously severe mental condition, and get him now and forever out of the federal government!  Another delusional conspiracy-theorist in Congress is not what we need!

America’s #1 Bimbo …

Michele Bachman, on why she believes God caused terrorist attacks in Brussels this week in order to humiliate President Obama: “Maybe our president’s humiliation comes in a manner so devastating it makes one wonder whether the Creator of humankind isn’t reminding this world of the inferiority of foolishness in the face of wisdom.” Bachmann accused Obama of allegedly mocking Israel and Jews by bringing media attention to his historic trip to Cuba, rather than on the attacks in Brussels. Continuing, the former Minnesota representative also claimed that the president was upset about the attacks only because attention was being diverted from his visit. “Obama’s slavish press corps was forced to turn their uncritical gaze from adoring him to revealing the newest carnage in Brussels,” she wrote, “Our eyes were spellbound.”  And this … “Our feckless U.S. president appeared unfazed by the message he portrayed of American incompetence and historic irrelevance.”

Those were the words of the woman who once ran for president (2012).  Those were the words of America’s #1 bimbo, even more stupid than Sarah Palin, and that is saying a lot.  This is the same woman who, during the campaign of 2012, declared that Paul Revere, in fact, made his “midnight ride” to warn … not the patriots, but the British!  She obviously went to a different school and read a different set of history books than I.

Why, you ask, am I wasting my time with a has-been, a washed-out wanna-be, when there are so many more important targets for my snarky prose … things that that pose a real threat to the world?  The answer is two-fold.  First, Ms. Bachman is too easy, too much fun to leave alone!  I write about the Trumps, the Cruz’s, Daesh, immigration, the refugee crisis, racism, bigotry … nearly every day.  I’m not going to stop writing about the serious issues and trying to open the eyes of those who are not seeing the world clearly,  but every now and then, even I need a bit of fun, and quite frankly, Bachman is a hoot!  She makes me feel like an Einstein!  The second part of the answer is that she is still speaking and her words are still being noted by the press, which means that people are still hearing her.  Until she loses her public voice, people need to be reminded that she “knows not of what she speaks”. I must wonder how the good people of Minnesota allowed her to stay in the U.S. House of Representatives as their representative for a full eight years and the state senate prior to that!  I hear it snows a lot and gets very cold in Minnesota …

More dumb and dumber quotes by Michele Bachman:

  • “Our movement at its core is an intellectual movement.” –Rep. Michele Bachmann on the Tea Party movement, CPAC conference, March 2014  Seriously?  Could have fooled me, but then what do I know?
  • “Why should I go and do something like that? But the Lord says, ‘Be submissive wives; you are to be submissive to your husbands.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, recalling in a 2006 speech at a Megachurch in Minneapolis that pursuing tax law wasn’t her choice, but she did so at the urging of her husband because she was certain God was speaking through him. No wonder I didn’t make a very good wife … I forgot that subservient thing.
  • “If we took away the minimum wage — if conceivably it was gone — we could potentially virtually wipe out unemployment completely because we would be able to offer jobs at whatever level.” -Michele Bachmann, Jan. 2005. Oh yeah … a lot of people want to work for $1.25 per hour!
  • “I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out under another, then under another Democrat president, Jimmy Carter. I’m not blaming this on President Obama, I just think it’s an interesting coincidence.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, on the 1976 Swine Flu outbreak that happened when Gerald Ford, a Republican, was president, April 28, 2009. Hey, I wonder who she thinks is responsible for Ebola?  The first case was diagnosed in 1976, also when Gerald Ford was president …
  • “Carbon dioxide is portrayed as harmful. But there isn’t even one study that can be produced that shows that carbon dioxide is a harmful gas.” -Rep. Michelle Bachmann, April, 2009    I think she breathed a bit too much of that CO2.
  • “But we also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States. … I think it is high time that we recognize the contribution of our forbearers who worked tirelessly — men like John Quincy Adams, who would not rest until slavery was extinguished in the country.” -Rep. Michele Bachmann, botching American history while speaking at an Iowan’s for Tax Relief event in January 2011. The Founding Fathers did not work to end slavery, and John Quincy Adams was not one of the Founding Fathers. Slavery was not abolished until nearly 100 years after the ratification of the Constitution.  Somebody please put this woman out of our misery!  I knew that when I was 8 years old!

Again, I wrote this post mostly for my own humour and I did have fun with it.  But I do have to get serious for just a minute.  This person spent eight years representing the state of Minnesota, 5.457 million people, in the United States Congress.  How?  Why?  As a representative, she was up for re-election every two years, meaning she was actually elected at least four times by the people of Minnesota!  Prior to that, she was a state senator. Think about that.  Although I am a liberal who mostly votes democrat, I am also a long-time student of political science and I do understand the importance of a two-party system.  That said, with people like Michele Bachman and Donald Trump representing one of those parties, is it any wonder the GOP is going down for the third time?  It almost seems that it is a culture of stupidity, a culture that promotes the idea that if you say it loudly enough, it doesn’t matter how stupid it is.  Again … think about it.