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Friday, October 21, 2016

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Louie Gohmert

Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claims his regular spot on the list this week for offering one of the most deluded cases against immigration reform in memory. In an interview with right-wing conspiracy repository WorldNetDaily, Loony Louie predicted that — contrary to popular belief and common sense — killing immigration reform would actually help Republicans win Hispanic voters.

“Yeah, we could possibly pay in the polls in the short term,” Gohmert acknowledges. “But just as you’ve had more and more African-Americans realizing ‘Wow! We have one party that’s pandered to us, doled out government benefits, kept us from reaching our God-given potential,'” so too will Hispanics realize that Republicans “want you not to be a ditchdigger because you can’t communicate. We know you are smart enough to be president of this company and to be president of this country if you’re born here.”

So if Republicans successfully kill immigration reform, Gohmert insists “I think you will see people start waking up and go ‘Wow, I’m Hispanic, and these Republicans really like me!'”

Putting aside the notion that African-Americans who aren’t employed by Cain TV are suddenly turning against the Democratic Party in droves, Gohmert’s theory seems deeply unlikely to work out for the Republican Party. But hey, it’s good to know that Gohmert is theoretically open to expanding the GOP tent to include Hispanics — just watch out for undercover radical Islamists!

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  • Catskinner

    If Bachmann achieves nothing else in all her terms of Congress, if she is successful in killing the horrible Comprehensive Immigration Reform bill, her presence in the House will be deemed a success by generations of Americans to follow.

    • disqus_ivSI3ByGmh

      Sorry to make you face reality, ‘skinner, but Michelle Bachmann couldn’t organize a Chinese Fire Drill. What makes you think she will be in any way responsible for killing the Immigration Reform bill when nobody in the House Leadership, or the rest of the “Congressional Tea Party Caucus” pays any attention to her or her rantings?

      • edwardw69

        Hopefully, she’ll go home to Switzerland.

        • Sand_Cat

          I doubt very much they’d want her.

    • tobyspeeks

      Hopefully she’ll be in prison soon.

    • stcroixcarp

      She should talk about immigration reform. She was hatched on a planet in a galaxy far, far away. How she got to planet earth is anyone’s guess. Isn’t there some kind of a facility for beings like her in New Mexico?

  • Dominick Vila

    At the risk of appearing naïve, I would say that most of the opposition to desperately needed immigration reform is not influenced by racism or bias towards a specific ethnic group, but because of political imperatives. The GOP concluded that going along with President Obama’s focus on immigration reform will not convince Hispanics-Latinos to vote for them. Most importantly, they are fully aware of the fact that if they are part of the ongoing immigration reform efforts they will elicit the ire of the constituents they depend on to remain in office. Last, but not least, legitimizing the status of illegal immigrants would afford them the same protections enjoyed by all American workers, which means that those who are currently exploiting their labor will have to pay them minimum wage and some of the privileges extended to everyone else. The latter will reduce profits, and will anger another important GOP constituency: the business community, especially the agri-business, hospitality, garment, and construction sectors.

  • ayungclas

    I love having Bryan Fischer around to provide material for ‘The Onion’. He may be crazier than Michele Bachmann.

  • LaRae Bailey

    both parties and the whitehouse are so corrupt it is horrible to think americans hired to do a job could actually try so hard to ruin the entire country who pays them an excellent wage and benefit package. there are a VERY small few politicians who are trying to do what is best for this country and our citizens. all this lying crap about obama care and amnesty is nothing but a new way to destroy this country from within. this administration should all be held for treason, perjury, corruption, and theft. this is a terrible way for this country to be run after so many have fought and died to defend and protect the constitution. I am ashamed of the fact that we voted any of these people into any job, let alone allowed them to remain there. as for this articcle, it is as biased as it can be, it is no wonder you people on here sound like the corruption in the whitehouse..Glen Beck is one of the most honest, concerned men I have ever heard speak. he truely gives a damn what happens to this country. obamacare and amnesty are the two worst things anyone has voted for, ever.. but you folks will have to have the truths of that shoved down your throats before you will see the light..

    • edwardw69

      My, oh my. Aren’t we testy this morning? And wrong.
      How does quoting their own words become bias?

    • Mike Maricle

      You are taking both sides of the argument. Man that is some mental yoga.

      • jointerjohn

        He thinks Glenn Beck is one of the most honest and concerned men he has ever heard speak. No evidence of any mental fitness exercises there. That is, unless you count cerebral Charley-horses as exercise.

  • CJR

    This is kind of scary. Bryan Fischer (number 3) has some historical facts behind his assertions!

    Sparta in the Classical Era was probably the most homosexual society in Western history. Men were encouraged to form, ahem, very close relationships with their fellow soldiers. Men would sleep in a barracks for most of their lives. Newlywed wives were encouraged to dress as men so there would be another generation of Spartans. So, the Spartans at Thermopylae probably DID have a number of couples among their ranks.

    As for the Nazi Brownshirts being gay, well, their leader, Ernst Roehm, was actually gay. The rest of them, not so much. Too bad for Fischer that homosexuality was a crime under the Nazis (punishable by a one-way visit to a concentration camp), and that Roehm was assassinated on the Night of the Long Knives.

    • Lovefacts

      You’re right about Sparta during the Classical Era. But then both the Spartans and Athenians saw nothing wrong with males being involved with one another on a physical or mental level. As for the Spartans, they believed if the warrior had his loved one/mate at his side during battle, he would fight harder to save his lover.

      However when talking about the Nazis in today’s world, it’s wise to make a list of those they persecuted and compare it to whom the Republicans aim their hate speech. Substitute Muslim for Jew and you have the same speech–or have them both included. Illegals and Latinos are the gypsies. The poor, aged, uneducated, terminally ill, mentally ill, and “retarded” were sent directly to the camps, whereas the Republicans “just” want to deny them food, housing, medical care, and let them die slowly. And the list goes no.

      I stay abreast Republican hate speech and what the T-party’s goals are. As a Jew, it’s called survival, recognizing when it’s time to get out of Dodge and head for a more tolerant society. Thank the good Lord I have sufficient funds to do so.

      • edwardw69

        True. One of the most feared military units of the time was the Sacred Band of Thebes. I haven’t seen that movie, 300, but it may be based on that unit, because it was composed of 150 pairs of male lovers. They went undefeated until Philip of Macedonia put them all in a grave.
        I’d like to see it made into a movie, if it hasn’t already been done: it would drive bible-bangers into a bloody rage.

  • howa4x

    This is the problem for the national GOP who has all the polling data, and is constantly seeing the fringe of the party ruining any chance of capturing the demographics they need to win national election. As long as Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Bachmann, Sarah Palin, or any elected Tea party member has the broadcast mic, any chance the GOP could appear more moderate is evaporating. The GOP opened Pandora’s box with the creation of the tea party and now finds itself mired in the white 50 plus demographic, and can’t seem to appeal to anyone else. The other major groups, Women, Latinos, Minorities, young people, independents, all see the GOP brand as kryptonite. The House is not helping the cause, delaying relief aid to Hurricane sandy victims, sitting on immigration reform, carving out food stamps from the farm bill, refusing the raise the minimum wage, and throwing wrench’s in any move toward financial reform. They already lost a national election on the ACA(Obama/Romney care) but can’t resist repealing it for the 38th time. Even younger evangelicals are more concerned with social justice issues and are repelled by the GOP rhetoric. Any outside chance that the party could move right of center is being dashed by the states that are hostile to same sex marriage, and trying to wipe out Roe guarantees. If they keep it up they will be a regional party stuck in the middle of the country and deep south with an older population that is not really that healthy..

  • Landsende

    Why is there no outrage from the public and his advertisers about him using the N word when Paula Deen has been crucified for using the word thirty years ago?

    • stcroixcarp

      We got advertisers by the boatload to stop funding this guy after his “slut” remarks in 2012. We need to finish the job now. I just contacted AARP and asked them to withdraw their sponsorship of Limbaugh. If you care about these issues, call advertisers and have your family and friends call too. When money is concerned, they will listen.

      • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

        I can’t believe that AARP would sponsor Limbaugh. Is that true?

    • Norwegian Blue

      Mostly because no one other than True Believers pays attention to repurposed carny barkers.

  • JDavidS

    Fortunately (for them) the RepubliCONs/Tea Clowns aren’t bound by facts, logic or reality.

  • highpckts

    The scary thing is, a lot of people believe this bull!!

    • stcroixcarp

      It is easier believe liars like Michelle Bachmann than think and do your own research.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Hey… did you guys hear the wonderful news? I just wanted to offer my congratulations to all of you DemonRATS!!!! Nice work!!! Well done!!!. You’ve finally moved Detroit over the brink of disaster and into bankruptcy with 50+ years of near 100% DemonRAT rule. This had to be your objective. After all, with the exception of the real useful idiots (many on here) no one, not even yourselves actually believe that socialist DemonRAT policies do anything but result in the destruction of the civil society and an economy. DETROIT IS EXAMPLE 1 OFTHE FAILURE OF DEMONRAT POLICIES AND IDEAS. Of course, knowing how stupid most of you are, your little pea brains will think that the cure to Detroit’s ills will be much more of exactly what caused them in the first place because progressive liberalism is the disease that presents itself as its own cure.

    Congratulations, once more, on a glorious victory in the intentional destruction of an American city. Next stop, support for Obozo in his attempts to turn America into one giant Detroit!

    Have a nice weekend!

    “When men once get the habit of helping themselves to the property of others,” warned the New York Times in 1909 about the proposed federal income tax, “they are not easily cured of it.’”

    • Landsende

      Yes, the definition of insanity is voting 37 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act and expecting a different result. Yes, liberals do care about the environment, they care about having clean air to breathe, clean water to drink and food that is safe to eat. Global warming effects are already being felt in the pocketbook every time you buy groceries because of the drought. All the destructive tornadoes, flooding, hurricanes, drought and fires are costing every one of us because our taxes go to help those affected by these disasters and insurers then raise rates on everyone. Whether your a liberal or conservative, a democrat or teapublican we are all affected by global warming. If you think differently we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Land… how are you? Long time no chat. I hope you are well.

        The definition of insanity is what we all see in Detroit.. the effects of DemonRAT policies on the civil society and economy over 50+ years. The results of your ideology are right there in front of your face for all to see. Somehow, the consequences of the very ideology you and the leftist freaks of the world espouse seems to escape you.

        Sorry! There is no such thing as man-made global warming, Land. I know it’s a cult-like religious belief for you all on the left, but there simply is no such thing. All of the models used by the IPCCC are severely flawed. If you have any interest in real, objective science, you’ll look at the evidence that is mounted and presented by those who do not espouse such a fantasy as man-made global warming. Here’s one such report that defeats the phony models used by the IPCCC in perpetuating this hoax:

        Give it a look see.

        The claims of more tornadoes and hurricanes are false, as well. A simple review of the National Weather Service statistics will prove that if you are interested in counting storms. I liken such a foolish belief to the “Red Car Principle” –> You don’t really notice so many red cars until you buy one. Then it seems like they are everywhere. Nothing really changed, just your perception. And since every single day all of the news is dominated by even the most minor weather event like “it might rain”, your perception is altered. The same goes for the man-made global warming scam. Every day it’s hot, you blame it on global warming as if it was never hot before in the history of earth, before guys like me started driving huge, gas guzzling SUVs. (by the way, I love burning gasoline… a lot of gasoline).

        One other point…. leftists are the ones that gave us ethanol and proclaim its environmental benefits. Then you complain about food prices and never put 1 and 1 together to realized that the use of 20% of America’s farmland is being used for fuel, NOT food. With a lower supply of food, prices MUST go up. And in the end, the energy required to make a gallon of ethanol exceeds the energy contained in that same gallon. This is another example of leftist insanity.

        Finally, leftists don’t give a damn about the environment. That’s just a propaganda pitch to get suckers to buy off on so the statists (that’s big government idiots) can continue to implement their grand schemes of control over resources, people, and the economy for their socialist objectives. And we are all told that if we don’t agree with them, that somehow, we are for dirty air and water. It’s as if we complained about the government owning farms would lead you to conclude that we don’t like people to eat. It’s utter nonsense.
        Then again, the entire point of my post may be getting lost amidst this peripheral chatter… that is, DemonRAT policies over 50 years have turned Detroit into a veritable cesspool. And Obozo and the left seek to replicate that “success” throughout America.

        Have a nice weekend, Land! I miss our chats.

        “Socialism, like the ancient ideas from which it springs, confuses the distinction between government and society. As a result of this, every time we object to a thing being done by government, the socialists conclude that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of state
        education. Then the socialists say that we are opposed to any education. We object to a state religion. Then the socialists say that we want no religion at all. We object to a state-enforced equality. Then they say that we are against equality. And so on, and so on. It is as if the socialists were to accuse us of not wanting persons to eat because we do not want the state to raise grain.” ― Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

        • Landsende

          Hi Bozo….the one thing you mentioned that I agree with is the use of ethanol. GWB pushed the Renewable Fuels Standards through congress in 2007 which required 36 billion gallons of biofuels to be sold by 2022 of which 15 billion could be ethanol derived from corn. Shortly after that any products that used corn began to rise in price which hit the consumers pocketbook. As for global warming if you don’t want to listen to the climatologists all you have to do is look at Antarctica where the ice is melting at alarming rates to realize something needs to be done. Politicians complain about the debt we are leaving our children but I worry more about what kind of world we are leaving them.

          Hope you are well and once more we will have to agree to disagree.
          Have a nice week end!

          • BillP

            Bozo has used this Detriot rant at least in 3 other comments he has made on this site recently. Trying to be nice or cordial to him it a total waste of time. His true personality comes out in other rants that have no facts to be based on. He is extremely disrespectful to President Obama (therefore Obozo) and uses the juvenile term DemonRATS instead of Democrates (I know some people here use Repuglican instead of Republican, that jsut as juvenile. Bozo is a cowardly, bitter man who hids behind an alias and doesn’t have the courage to put his name to his rants.

  • ralphkr

    It wasn’t just Sanger’s idea to purify the race. From the 1920s on Eugenics (breeding a better human race) was the policy of the US and 30 states, not all of them Republican, had laws regarding incarcerating and/or sterilizing unfit humans (And now you know where Hitler got the idea although he did a far more efficient job of it). This was a program by touted the US Surgeon General and the leading medical schools of the time.

    I was born and raised in one of those 30 states with eugenics laws and my Dad used to say that it would only be a matter of time before the state added “Democrats” to the list of those to be removed from society.Since I was born & raised on a cattle breeding farm I certainly understood the reasoning and agreed that it would be a good idea but I did not buy into my ultra-conservative teacher who taught that it would be best for the future of humanity if the government took over pairing up people since individuals were too emotional to make rational decisions about future mates.

  • Dee

    One thing is certain they will never rise in power again until they quit these jokers but then again I don’t care it does my heart good knowing they will never make it further then their own collective fantasies~.