Friday, October 09, 2009

Louie Gohmert-- Oscar The Grouch Pops Out Of His Trash Can


Texas reactionary Louie Gohmert may have learned how to wear shoes and a suit and tie over the years, but the Tyler congressman seems to be overly concerned about protecting the rights of some of his constituents engaged in bestiality, pedophilia, necrophilia and other practices that are apparently more common in northeast Texas than in the rest of the country. Gohmert, whose ProgressivePunch score for the current session is a perfect zero, is one of the Republican Party's spokespersons on virulent homophobia. He and Jason Chaffetz are like a tag team of bigotry. By all means watch the video above. It was Gohmert's dissertation on perversions-- and about why gay men and women in the military defending our country are not entitled to protections, in his warped and narrow mind, anymore than some sheep-fucking bucktoothed Republican near Longview or a teabagger in Lufkin who has a hankerin' for his 8 year old daughter couple times a week.

The House passed H.R. 2647 the Department of Defense Authorization Act, yesterday 281-146. Although 44 Republicans voted with the Democrats, 130 joined John Boehner whose love for the troops isn't quite as powerful as his hatred for gays. Of the 15 Democrats who voted "no," for varying reasons, 5 were the very same Blue Dog scum who opposed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes bill April 29: Dan Boren (OK), Parker Griffith (AL), Mike McIntyre (NC), Heath Shuler (NC) and Lincoln Davis (TN). Homophobe Chris Carney, who was one of the infamous 15 in April, avoided the vote yesterday.

Louie Gohmert (left) with David Dreier

Speaker Pelosi-- who lunatic fringe secessionist and teabagging Congressman Paul Broun (R-GA) signaled to gun nuts is "a domestic enemy of the Constitution"-- hailed passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act:
This legislation also gives state and local law enforcement the tools they need to prevent and prosecute hate crimes nationwide, helping protect Americans against bias-motivated violence and securing our fundamental right to feel safe in our communities.

This nation was founded on the promise of pluralism; a commitment to equality and opportunity; and the belief that ‘liberty and justice for all’ is not simply an empty pledge – it rests at the core of our identity as a people. No American should ever have to suffer persecution or violence because of who they are, how they look, or what they believe.

With today’s vote, the House has beckoned the ‘better angels of our nature’ as Americans. We are standing with the families of Matthew Shepard, James Byrd Jr., and countless other victims of hate crimes. Their voices are our inspiration. Their cries for justice are our motive for action. I applaud my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who supported this measure and stating in a clear voice that the forces of hate have no place in the United States of America.

Joining hysterical anti-gay sociopaths like Michelle Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, Mean Jean Schmidt, Steve King and Virginia Foxx in opposing the bill were a whole bevy of Republican closet queens eager to demonstrate their hypocrisy:

David Dreier (R-CA)
Trent Franks (R-AZ)
Patrick McHenry (R-NC)
Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Aaron Schock (R-IL)
Adrian Smith (R-NE)

With the exception of Houston bigot John Culberson, all the Republicans with big gay constituencies-- like Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Key West), Ahn Cao (New Orleans), Mary Bono-Mack (Palm Springs), the Diaz-Balarts (Miami-Dade) and C.W. Young (Tampa)-- voted for the bill. Barney Frank (D-MA) spoke directly to the Republicans, like Gohmert, making homophobic remarks on the House floor:
It is clear that there is an animus against those of us who are gay or lesbian, against people who are transgender, on the part of many in the House, and they are reflecting a strong political sentiment in the country. They are entitled to it. I do not lament the loss of their friendship and affection; I can live without it. But it should not lead them to deny protection to vulnerable people, and we are talking here about crimes, not just murder, but about assault and destruction of property which are too often ignored.

Apropos of nothing in particular, I wanted to point out that the only endorsement on the new 2010 Blue America page is for No on 1/Protect Maine Equality. Please consider making a contribution. As an enticement, how about my favorite video from yesterday-- the polar opposite of Gohmert Pyle? This is Alan Grayson, once more standing up on the floor on Congress... and speaking the truth:

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