398 to 1. That was the vote to strike the word “lunatic” from federal law. It an outdated, derogatory word that has no place to use in administering laws. It is one of those easy votes that Democrats and Republicans can agree. Only those with their own brand of lunacy are likely to oppose such a sensible proposal. So who is that sole defender of “lunatic?”
Step forward Rep. Louie Gohmert. Of all the members of Congress to end up being a defender of lunatic, Gohmert is one of the few members of Congress who can personally lay claim to the word.
Here are few of Gohmert’s all-time lunacies:
- Pushed for the trans-Alaskan pipeline because the warmth of the pipeline encourages caribou sex.
- Suggested that human caused climate change was a fraud.
- Proposed that Middle East terrorists are coming to the U.S. to have babies and raise them to become American-citizen terrorists decades into the future.
- Blamed the Aurora, Colorado, theater shooting on a lack of concealed weapons by theatergoers and the erosion of Judeo-Christian beliefs.
- Suggested that State Department official Huma Abedin may be connected to an attempt by the Muslim Brotherhood to influence the U.S. government.
- Signed on as a co-sponsor to a federal “birther” bill.
- Claimed that Barack Obama got rid of Muammar Gaddafi so that al-Qaeda could get a foothold in Libya.
- During debt limit talks in 2011, Gohmert said August 2 was set as a deadline because Obama’s birthday was August 3, and Obama wanted to use the opportunity to be hailed as a hero for his birthday party.
- Compared the national debt to the Holocaust.
The list can go on. Gohmert, who hails from East Texas, is one of the craziest, most conspiracy-minded representatives in Congress today. That he, and only he, stepped forward to defend “lunatic” is ripe with the obvious. Gohmert is right that Congress is filled with lunacy, but he is its primary proponent.