We have written extensively here about Louie Gohmert, from his desire to treat Congress like a Church Council, to his condemnation of President Obama for failing to use the Old Testament as a guide to his policies, all the way to defunding the Executive Branch as a means of punishing Obama for not doing what Republicans want him to do.
We’ve seen John McCain say Gohmert is basically an idiot and we’ve seen Attorney General Eric Holder publicly humiliate Gohmert during a committee hearing, and Holder get accused of playing the race card simply because he is more intelligent and has more integrity than Gohmert.
McCain was right about Gohmert’s, shall we say, lackluster intelligence. On Friday, Congress’ resident village idiot said that he wanted Eric Holder arrested for failing to tell Gohmert what he wanted to hear – in other words, for failing to go along with Gohmert’s fantasies that Holder knows things that exist only in Gohmert’s head. Generally, paranoid delusions get you excluded from public office, or at least committed, and this is why: the abuse of power.
Whether Gohmert actually believes his own fantasies is immaterial. There is demonstrably no truth to them yet he insists on treating them as facts, even though he has invented this fantasy out of whole cloth or empty mind. Other people cannot reasonably be expected to go along with these fantasies. What if he started seeing Holder as the Easter Bunny and held him in contempt for showing up without his ears and tail? Should Holder hop into the next hearing and munch a carrot?
This is what Gohmert told host Tony Perkins Friday on “Washington Watch with Tony Perkins” (Right Wing Watch has kindly provided an audio so you don’t have to risk a debilitating attack on your sanity listening to the entire thing):
Gohmert: When you have someone like an attorney general who is in contempt of Congress, what can we do? Someone in contempt of Congress comes waltzing into the House chamber and he’s in contempt of Congress as found by the Congress, what can be done? I was told that actually you can pass a resolution directing the sergeant at arms to detain anyone who is in contempt of Congress until such time as they comply with the requirement that put him in contempt. In this case, they didn’t provide information from the Justice Department, they had it, they refused to provide it, we found him in contempt.
Perkins: It’s interesting you bring that up because as you recall I was sitting next to your guest at the State of the Union address, Sean Hannity and I were sitting up in the balcony and that was the thought that crossed my mind when I saw the attorney general, Eric Holder, walk into the chamber along with the president’s cabinet. I said, here’s a guy—this guy’s got a lot of nerve, he’s in contempt of Congress, and this didn’t just happen, this has been going on now for over a year or longer, almost two years or three I guess since ‘Fast & Furious’ and he’s refused to provide this documentation to Congress, he’s in contempt of Congress, and he just strolls right in and sits on the front row there. I’m thinking, my goodness, why doesn’t Congress do something about that?
Gohmert: My thought was the only thing that we can probably do is defund any area of the Justice Department that is in contempt, that won’t produce the documents that were demanded. But apparently another option would be to direct a sergeant at arms, somebody comes into our jurisdiction at Capitol Hill, you restrain them until such time, and there is a cell there on Capitol Hill.
This is not the first time Tony Perkins has suggested that Holder should have been arrested. This is from a couple of weeks ago:
If Tony did not suffer from the same mental health issues as his buddy Louie, he might see that this is what the Inquisition did: arrest people and “put them to question” until they told the Inquisition what the Inquisition wanted to hear, true or not.
None of this really comes as a surprise since these same people want President Obama arrested too, simply for the imagined crime of being elected president as a black man. Essentially, the entire Republican Party is mentally ill and if anyone should be rounded up and thrown in a dungeon beneath Capitol Hill it is Gohmert and all his Republican friends, because they are insisting the country be run according to demonstrably false delusions and are a danger to our country. Far from participating in elections and holding public office, they should, each and every one of them, be seeking mental help.
That might get them out of our hair long enough to fix all the problems they have created since 2001. Remember the analogy President Obama used of the car of state being driven into a ditch by Republicans? He has been trying to get the car out of the ditch since 2001 but Republicans are all gathered around trying to push it back down into the ditch.
If he could at least get the car out of the ditch and back on the road again, we could get back on track as a country, but he can’t even do that much, and moreover, for even trying, Republicans threaten impeachment, prison, and military overthrow, not to mention the Tea Party’s new lame-brained scheme of an “American Spring,” which amounts to no more than an opportunity for a public display of stupidity and bigotry on a truly grotesque scale.
America doesn’t need this, America doesn’t deserve this. Trust me, we don’t want this handled outside the family, and if Republicans get control of the car again, they’re not going to leave the rest of the world any choice. We’ll be put down like the rogue nation we’ve become. So let’s get Crazy Uncle Louie the help he needs. We’ll be doing everyone a favor.
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Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen’s Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.