Over the years, the 60-year old five-term Tea Party Republican Congressman has imagined 17-year old gay scouts molesting 11-year old boys, compared the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities to animals and insects, lamented about what he sees as a future in which “you have to hire whatever Satan-worshiper, whatever cross-dresser you think might be immoral,” and said that he opposes gun control because he believes that same-sex marriage leads to polygamy and bestiality.
Why, many often ask, is Louie Gohmert in Congress?
Glad you asked.
His answer, of course, is a rambling, almost incoherent babbling brook of attacks against single mothers, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the War on Poverty, welfare and public assistance, and, of course, “government.”
“If it weren’t for the policies in this War on Poverty declared 50 years ago, it may well be that I would not have ever run for Congress,” Gohmert, standing on the floor of the House told his colleagues on Wednesday.
“Because what got me thinking about it first as a state district judge back in Texas was seeing more and more young women, single women coming before me — single moms — charged with welfare fraud.”
These women, Gohmert said, realized that “the government will send you a check for every baby you have out of wedlock.”
“One women had had 15 kids, didn’t even know where they all were, that was the most that I ever dealt with,” Gohmert continued. “It began to really eat away with me that in the 60s the federal government, desiring to help poor moms who were dealing with deadbeat dads, decided, ‘We’ll help, we’ll give a check for every child you can have out of wedlock.’”
“The War on Poverty has been a disaster. Why do the children have to suffer for the ignorance and stupidity of the government and those who meant well but just did stupid things? It’s tragic.”
What’s truly tragic is that without the state and federal safety nets, the rate of poverty in America would be inconceivably higher.
And Gohmert, would touts his pro-life, anti-abortion, anti-contraception, anti-sex-education bonafides every opportunity he gets, doesn’t even realize that if he and the rest of Congress would support common sense contraceptive efforts and actual sex education, there would be less children born into poverty.
Hat tip: The Raw Story
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