Saturday, February 28, 2015

How Radical Is Radical? Meet Deranged Alabama Confederate Mo Brooks


Chad Pergram is one of the more hard-working Beltway reporters. He's Fox's congressional correspondent, he's reliable, dependable and takes his job seriously. And, as far as I know, he's the only national reporter who regularly talks with Confederate sociopath Mo Brooks (R-AL). Sometimes OI think it's worth following Pergram on twitter just to keep from missing any of Brooks' crackpottery. A former Jeff Sessions staffer, there's every reason in the world to assume that Brooks' sympathies are very strongly with the KKK. He's certainly among the top 20 of right right Members of Congress and counts the last government shutdown as part of his glory days-- even though many of his contstituents, where the federal government is the #1 employer, were left without paychecks for almost 2 weeks. Although the shutdown was an economic and financial disaster, Brooks was one the radicals who voted against reopening the government. And now-- surprise, surprise--he's frothing at the lips to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. Yesterday he was one of the 52 Republican anarchists to vote to shut down the Department, probably figuring if terrorists attack, they'll target New York or Washington, not Huntsville or Scottsboro.

Brooks is fanatically anti-Choice, is one of the most anti-immigrant Republicans in Washington, opposes stem cell research, which is already saving thousands of American lives annually, loudly denies Climate Change... and his abiding dream is to privatize Social Security and voucherize Medicare. Last year, he said he would like to see 8 million immigrants sent back to the countries they came from. "As your congressman on the House floor," he told a local TV reporter who asked him about his radical anti-immigrant stands, "I will do anything short of shooting them. Anything that is lawful, it needs to be done because illegal aliens need to quit taking jobs from American citizens."

A virulent racist, Brooks opposes allowing immigrants to serve in the American military, questioning their loyalty. and last August, on the Laura Ingraham Show he accused President Obama of waging a war against white people. In 2014, the Democrats did't bother running a candidate against him.

Thursday Pergram caught up with him on Capitol Hill and Brooks was foaming at the mouth about the Senate Republicans giving in and not shutting down the Department of Homeland Security. He told Pergram that the Republican leaders remind him "of the Iraqi Army in Mosul stripping off uniforms/abandoning...posts as the Islamic State approaches." And if you don't think Rep. King had Brooks in mind when he tweeted this a few days ago, you've lost the thread:

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