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Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:11 AM

Tea Party Congressman Compares African American Civil Rights To Snail Darters

Source: ThinkProgress

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) compared the civil rights of African Americans and other minorities to the rights of animals during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday, sparking outrage from lawmakers.

Gohmert made the remarks as the panel considered a bill that could “prevent federal regulatory actions from being implemented.” Currently, the federal government relies on consent decrees to settle lawsuits from advocacy organizations challenging agencies for failing to take regulatory action or missing statutory deadlines. The GOP-backed bill would allow anyone whose rights are affected by the decree to intervene in the settlement, significantly delaying the action.

Democrats offered an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN), that would have prohibited third parties from intervening in any regulatory action that prevents or is intended to prevent discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, or other protected characteristic. Consent decrees had been pivotal to enforcing civil rights laws, Cohen and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) argued, and noted that advocates used the consent decree process to protect minority communities from police misconduct and brutality.

But Gohmert objected to the amendment and insisted that the bill had nothing to do with the civil rights and would primary impact rules and regulations that pertain to fish, wildlife, and the environment. He then proceeded to mock Democrats’ concerns about minorities by joking that they were interested in protecting the liberties of snails and other animals:

GOHMERT: There is nobody in this chamber who is more appreciative than I am for the gentleman from Tennessee and my friend from Michigan standing up for the rights of race, religion, national religion of the Delta Smelt, the snail darter, various lizards, the lesser prairie chicken, the greater sage grouts and so many other insects who would want someone standing for their religion, their race, their national origin and I think that’s wonderful.


Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/07/24/2352241/tea-party-congressman-compares-african-american-civil-rights-to-snail-darters/

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Galraedia Jul 2013 OP
matthews Jul 2013 #1
calimary Jul 2013 #20
busterbrown Jul 2013 #22
davidpdx Jul 2013 #24
atreides1 Jul 2013 #26
Martin Eden Jul 2013 #32
hobbit709 Jul 2013 #29
broiles Jul 2013 #40
matthews Jul 2013 #48
broiles Jul 2013 #49
calimary Jul 2013 #53
arely staircase Jul 2013 #52
MrModerate Jul 2013 #2
kardonb Jul 2013 #3
hobbit709 Jul 2013 #30
redstatebluegirl Jul 2013 #44
delrem Jul 2013 #4
hifiguy Jul 2013 #16
MADem Jul 2013 #5
olddots Jul 2013 #6
freshwest Jul 2013 #7
Nanjing to Seoul Jul 2013 #18
hrmjustin Jul 2013 #8
Left Coast2020 Jul 2013 #9
Volaris Jul 2013 #10
The CCC Jul 2013 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Jul 2013 #12
XemaSab Jul 2013 #13
Turbineguy Jul 2013 #14
boilerbabe Jul 2013 #15
Nanjing to Seoul Jul 2013 #17
caseymoz Jul 2013 #19
Enthusiast Jul 2013 #21
Ash_F Jul 2013 #23
Amimnoch Jul 2013 #25
sakabatou Jul 2013 #27
Botany Jul 2013 #28
Faryn Balyncd Jul 2013 #50
mwb970 Jul 2013 #31
yellowcanine Jul 2013 #39
Conium Jul 2013 #33
marmar Jul 2013 #34
TNNurse Jul 2013 #35
iandhr Jul 2013 #36
Lancero Jul 2013 #37
Javaman Jul 2013 #38
markparham Jul 2013 #41
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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:27 AM

1. Every time I read something about this guy I am more convinced that he's

 

an escapee from a mental institution somewhere and someday he'll be spewing his filth on the floor and the men with butterfly nets will finally catch up with him.

It's hard to understand why he's allowed to walk around without a keeper.

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Response to matthews (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:40 AM

20. It's hard to understand why people keep voting for him.

WHY is this know-nothing allowed to hold public office? He's an insult to everyone else's intelligence. And he doesn't make his constituents (who insist on forcing him on the rest of us every other year for far too long already) look very good, very bright, or very nice.

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:52 AM

22. Looking good to them is overtly hating Blacks, Minorities, Women , LGBT etc...

And thats how they get reelected..

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Response to busterbrown (Reply #22)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:02 AM

24. That's an ad that writes itself

Can footage from a session be used in a political ad? If so it would be a great one.

The GOP: hostile on women, hostile on minorities, hostile on the country....

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:10 AM

26. Because those people are just like him!

He is their voice, he represents their beliefs.

And why would you think his constituents are anything different then he is?

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #26)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:23 AM

32. Yep, electing Gohmert illustrates Democracy in America

It also illustrates why America is NOT the geratest nation on earth

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:42 AM

29. He represents his district well if you know anything about east TX.

My theory is that breathing the combination of red dirt dust and pine tree fumes addles the brain.

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 10:29 AM

40. Ever been to Tyler Texas?

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Response to broiles (Reply #40)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:12 PM

48. No. But I spent a year in Lubbock one weekend. nt

 

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Response to matthews (Reply #48)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:53 PM

49. Not even close! East Texas is in a world of its own.

The ignorance and racism is incredible.

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Response to broiles (Reply #40)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 05:29 PM

53. I have not been to Tyler Texas.

I haven't had much exposure other than from friends and fellows who've moved here to SoCal from there. Just observations I've made, because when I hear statements like those this gent utters, I immediately try to figure out what makes him say stuff like that. Otherwise I can claim pretty much full ignorance. But I really do try to figure out what that behavior means and from whence it came. Sometimes that can suggest further behavioral manifestations in the future.

Same direction I'd go with a guy like our ol' pal Zimbo, for example. I've never met the man. Just examining everything I've seen, heard, read, and discussed, from himself on; noticing how he's never expressed remorse or regret. Passes it off to "God's will" and says he'd do the same thing again under similar circumstances; how he would already have had his gun returned, had not the feds stepped in; and how he will acquire firearms again and probably quite soon (if he hasn't armed up already), plus a security system and probably also bullet-proof vests. Reason is, he has several "fan clubs" in various gun-friendly communities who've raised thousands of dollars to buy him new guns. And of course there was that friendly verdict that made him feel validated and vindicated. Therefore I think it's a pretty safe bet that he can be expected to get himself into trouble again. He's had nothing to discourage that potentially menacing behavior, or encourage a change of behavior.

So too with the Congressman at issue here. That he keeps getting reelected, since the 2004 election which was his first. Last year gave him his fifth term representing Texas's First Congressional District. Bewildering. And distressing to hear the testimony here regarding those who keep sending him back to Washington.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louie_Gohmert

But it helps to understand the environment he's coming from, and the role it plays in shaping his views. And it's useful information to have in order to understand, and know how to deal with it or maybe modify it in some way (yeah, I know, probably not with him).

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Response to calimary (Reply #20)

Sun Jul 28, 2013, 03:32 PM

52. I live in his district

and it is not hard to understand it at all.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:50 AM

2. Pure-dee-nuts.

But that's Texas for you.

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Response to MrModerate (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:09 AM

3. nuts

 

just another player in the repug game of " who can be the nuttiest guy in this outfit " .

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Response to MrModerate (Reply #2)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:43 AM

30. Some parts of TX are saner than others but East TX ain't one of them.

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Response to hobbit709 (Reply #30)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:42 AM

44. So True!

Had a boss who was raised in East Texas, undergrad at Texas A&M and then did his doctorate at Baylor, he was a piece of work....

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:15 AM

4. right. that doesn't stand up to any criterion of rationality.

So, how come this jackass is in office?

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Response to delrem (Reply #4)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:54 AM

16. There are people in his district who are

 

even dumber than he is. A thought which truly staggers the imagination.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:19 AM

5. What would he do if one of his kids married a "snail darter" and he had "snail darter" grandkids?

He'd either disown 'em or his heart would be changed.

He sounds like a loon. He deliberately does not WANT to "get it."

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:29 AM

6. Louie's lagasy will be a new word in the dictionary

 

Gohmert =putrid fecal matter posing as human .

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:31 AM

7. Prime example of why I call 'em:



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Response to freshwest (Reply #7)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:23 AM

18. I love that website. It's only monthly. We need the Top 10 again!

 

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:34 AM

8. Who in their right mind would vote for him?

 

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 01:40 AM

9. Keep those discusting racist comments coming guys...

...and we'll have your House seats faster than you can blink. Oh, and go ahead and shut down the government. That will make our job of replacing your slimy racist ass a little less stressfull.

Sixteen seats. Thats all we need. Twenty for good measure.

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Response to Left Coast2020 (Reply #9)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:02 AM

10. Show me which 20 districts.

I'm not trying to be an asshole, I honestly don't know, and want to know the demographics of which ones will be easiest to take back=)

But yeah, Gohmert is an idiot. I almost wish someone WOULD just follow him around, and translate for the cameras into English, what he is saying in Conservative.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:05 AM

11. Tea Party Congressman Compares African American Civil Rights To Snail Darters

This goober gives humanity a bad name.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:22 AM

12. These guys feel insulting Liberals is the way to win.

 

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:46 AM

13. *small nitpicky points*

The snail darter is a fish, and it's sage grouse and not sage grouts.

That being said, what an offensive fucker.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:46 AM

14. Always looking

to make that new low.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 02:50 AM

15. daaaamnn.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:22 AM

17. And here's what the people that vote for Louie are thinking now:

 

"day raight, luey. . .u give dem liburls wat fore. hyck-hyck-hyck-hyck. dam liburls. tuk mah job."

"dey tuk yer job."

"tuk ur jobs."

"dam liburls. ah vote fer yew becuz ah luv merika."

Louie will be re-elected. Safe as can be. . .crazy as a ringneck loon, dumb a second coat of paint. . .but he is safe.

Oh, Louie. . .fuck off, cocksucker!

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:25 AM

19. Snail darter brain and prairie chicken heart.


That's what describes Gohmert: the perfect teabilly.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 03:42 AM

21. Gohmert is incredibly stupid.........nt

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:50 AM

23. Tea Party Congressman Compares African Americans to insects

Would have been a more accurate headline, based on that quote. Why the kid gloves?

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:09 AM

25. Hmmm, The OP focuses on Race, but I think we might have a good angle with religion.

He doesn't just compare civil rights to animal rights, he compares religious rights to animal rights. Is he saying that the first amendment isn't important?

I smell a counter-campaign issue that could be used against him come election time.

How about commercials like:

"Louie Gohmert believes your right to worship freely is as much of a right as the religion of the Delta Smelt"

Or, a commercial with a sage grout and a pretty little white girl side by side Praying, when some evil looking representation of Louis comes up and makes them stop.

His insult to minorities is not a campaign issue we'd win against him in his bigoted district... but I've a strong suspicion as painting him as anti religious freedom off of his own statements would be damaging.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:15 AM

27. They don't care if they show their racism in the open anymore.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 06:22 AM

28. It is the Sage Grouse not the Sage Grout



Sage Grouse



Grout is the white stuff between tiles

*******
This goes to show everybody that Louie and the tea party republicans think that
allowing African Americans to have the same rights as whites is some kind of
joke and that they know that allowing blacks and hispanics to vote freely will be
the end of their bigoted world.


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Response to Botany (Reply #28)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 09:19 PM

50. Here's one of those "Greater Sage Grouts" doing his mating dance:

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:17 AM

31. What do you expect from the Stupidest Person In Congress?

Gohmert continues to defend his title against strong up-and-comer Steve King.

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Response to mwb970 (Reply #31)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 09:46 AM

39. Before I read your post, I thought, "Wait, isn't that Steve King?"

See Steve King's latest contribution. IMO he has at least equaled Gohmert.

http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/07/24/congressman-steve-king-keep-dreamers-out-theyre-drug-mules/

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:26 AM

33. Typical RepUGLYcan

He belittles wildlife and shows what a racist jerk he is, all in just one sentence. Now that is conservative!



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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 07:41 AM

34. Louie Louie.


No wonder Michele Bachmann isn't running again. Someone has seized the crazy mantle from her.


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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 08:37 AM

35. It is pretty clear

to me that the FIRST time a member of Congress or anyone in ANY elected position refers to any human being as another species, they should be removed from office. It is NEVER meant as a compliment. It is always derogatory no matter how they may rant about their devotion to said animal.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 08:52 AM

36. Just when I thought I've herd the craziest racist thing one could hear.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 08:57 AM

37. R-TX

Yeah, that explains it.

Double dose of crazy - Republican AND Texas.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 09:28 AM

38. gohmart is that guy on your street..

that spouts on and on about black helicopters and microchips in our heads.

he's leading the tea ball licking parties wing of the insane.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:25 AM

41. markparham

democrats need to use him in as many political ads as possible

[link:http://www.markparhampolitics.com

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:32 AM

42. Republicans are sub-human slime

 

they're tumors in the body that is the US.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:34 AM

43. A true.....

.....miscreant!

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 11:44 AM

45. No words

I honestly weep for my country and the America my great-niece and nephews are forced to deal with as children, and if we don't change-as adults.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 12:24 PM

46. Not Goober again?!?!

 

I really wish that the people in his district would vote this poor excuse for a human being out already.
How the hell does he get in? Does he pay people to vote for him? I think this is the ONLY way that he can get in.

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 04:14 PM

47. Bigotry is a sure fire

vote getter in the slave states. Gohmert belongs in restraints and heavily medicated. Otherwise he sees aspersions on his asparagus

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Response to Galraedia (Original post)

Thu Jul 25, 2013, 10:41 PM

51. Maybe he's jealous

because snail darters are smarter than he is.

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