Sunday, August 30, 2009

Dangerously Dumb People in the World

I'll have two posts tomorrow to make up for my absence yesterday. Good news is the computer seems to have recovered from a stubborn virus that rendered the machine useless for much of the past 36 hours.

For now, this week's "Dangerously Dumb People in the World".


Number 3: Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), for being "terrified" of Obama. Yes, seriously.

The ironic part about this is I was one of the few Members of Congress that was willing, if I could come up with a way to prove that Barack Obama was not born in this country, I was willing to go into a lawsuit. I don’t know of any other Member of Congress who was willing to do that, because I wanted to make sure that we were protecting both the Constitution and, quite frankly, I was terrified of this guy. But I wanted to do it in a way that comported with the honest evidence that I have in front of me. And so we did all kinds of research. We found all kinds of conflicting research. And we had to say, ‘Okay, I’m going to divorce myself from politics and I’m going to look at the evidence for what it is, and see what we come up with.’ And one of the things that happened, about three days before we were going to launch a lawsuit, is that we found several different newspapers that had shown that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii two years after it became a state. Now, there was no way to have forged that… I just don’t have evidence that shows me that he was not born here. Now, I know that everybody says that they’ve got it, but I’ve never seen it.

Well, at least the guy came to the realization that it's extremely unlikely to forge newspapers reporting his birth. But, why was he "terrified" of Obama? Is he terrified of foreigners in general? And do people honestly believe that someone running for President, after weeks/months of being in the news, would not have been exposed for being born outside of this country? Really, how stupid do you have to be? Apparently, three days from being REALLY stupid. As the author of the linked article mentions, "Even a frivolous lawsuit, if filed by a member of Congress, could have become a national story."

2nd: Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), most incompetent and proudly uninformed member of Congress. According to the Chickasha Express-Star website:

I don't have to read it, or know what's in it. I'm going to oppose it anyways.

Well, I guess that explains why you know nothing about climate change. Or Supreme Court justices. Or anything, really. You know, there are a lot of things to hate about the proposed health care reform, but at least inform yourself about these things before representing thousands upon thousands of people who care a great deal about health care. And way to expose yourself for being entirely political on a subject that cannot afford such pathetic partisan bravado.

And then there's this:

People are not buying these concepts that are completely foreign to America. We're almost reaching a revolution in this country.

Nice way to associate the word "foreign" with Obama policies. It didn't take long for a citizen to read between the lines:

"No more compromise," Chickasha resident Ed Hicks said. "We're losing our country."

To whom?

1st: Rep. Wally Herger (R-CA), for downright lying about his sarcasm regarding his response to a constituent's declaration that he is a "proud right-wing terrorist". His response being "Amen, God bless you. There is a great American."

Sarcasm, huh? The video appears to indicate otherwise.

And even if it was sarcasm, which is a pretty big leap given the video, just why would you be sarcastic in the given circumstances? Do you think some people who hear the words "proud right-wing terrorist" to applause and cheering may get the opposite impression from such a quote?

Obviously, it doesn't matter, since you have clarified your statement by supporting the man.

Congressman Herger stands by his statement in support of his constituent. Mr. Bert Stead is a taxpayer and veteran, who, like so many others, is rightfully fed up with being called 'un-American', or 'extremist' or a 'political terrorist' by liberals in Washington, for simply exercising his First Amendment rights. Mr. Stead served his country and therefore he is a great American. The Congressman doesn't at all regret commending him for standing up, exercising his free speech rights, and expressing his strong concerns with the direction liberals in Washington are taking our country.

He's a great American for declaring himself a "proud right-wing terrorist"? Mr. Stead may have served his country in the past, but that does not make him a great American now. On the contrary, his comments indicate he's a dangerous one. And your response makes you a dangerous one, as well. Rep. Herger, your lack of discriminating "great" from "dangerous" makes you a stupid politician, a man encouraging the flames of right-wing extremism, and this week's dangerously dumb person in the world.