In Their Anti-Immigrant Rants, Republicans Become Unmoored for Our Shared Reality

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The Statue of Liberty does not say "Give me your angry blowhards"
The Statue of Liberty does not say “Give me your angry blowhards”
There is a common misconception among conservatives that only Republicans believe in God. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) demonstrated this meme the other day (while proposing an armed anti-immigrant crusade in Mexico) by saying that Latinos will vote Republican because they believe in God.

This is kind of funny really, because just the day before, on July 7, Gohmert, who, let’s face it, seems to be unhinged at the best of times, told Newsmax that all this immigration is an Obama plot to keep Republicans out of office:

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In the end, they have said that they want to turn Texas blue, they want to turn America blue. And if you bring in hundreds of thousands or millions of people and give them the ability to vote and tell them — as Quico Canseco said, he had illegals in his district that were told, ‘If you want to keep getting the benefits, you have to vote, and President Obama’s lawyers are not going to allow them to ask for an ID, so go vote or you’re going to lose the benefits you’re getting now.’ That drives people to vote and it will ensure that Republicans don’t ever get elected again.

That’s right. Because like black people, Latinos just “want stuff.” That’s as deep as Republican thinking gets on minority issues.

And they wonder why they keep losing elections.

But back to God. This is silly, of course. Many liberals believe in God. God isn’t at the center of the American government thanks to our secular Constitution and the Founding Fathers made it clear he should not be. And Democrats, like the Constitution, don’t require a belief in God. Any god. As a Democrat you are free, in Jeffersonian terms, to believe in no god or twenty gods” and still be an American.

Unlike – and often in violation of the Article VI paragraph 3 of the Constitution and of the First Amendment – the Republican Party.

But there is a fly in Gohmert’s buttermilk: it’s called the fact-based world, the shared reality conservatives spend so much time denying.

Gohmert expects Latinos to be Christians, and therefore to identify with the Republican Party, which, by the way, doesn’t want them here in the first place and reviles them whichever side of the border they are on.

To take a couple of examples, Louie Gohmert wants Obama to “do what Woodrow Wilson did” and invade Mexico, but another conservative, Frank Gaffney, wants to cut off foreign aid to Latin America in order to put an end to all this immigration by putting pressure at the source:

Barack Obama visits Texas today, but not its border areas. He’s not interested in evidence that his policies have encouraged an ongoing invasion by tens of thousands of illegal child and other aliens. The President just wants Congress to give him nearly $4 billion to “manage” the resulting crisis. Unfortunately, he would spend much of it in ways that will encourage more such invaders to come here. For example, lots of this emergency funding would go to provide housing, food, transportation and lawyers for the illegal aliens. These would be inducements for further invasion. Congress should just say “No” to such spending and ensure that the countries enabling the invasion – namely, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico – are not eligible for our foreign aid until they stop it, and repatriate the invaders.

The precise mechanism of “repatriation” is not, of course, explained, as it lies within the realm of facts rather than of fantasy.

And then there is the “Madison Project” – a brainchild of the Cuban anarchist Ted Cruz – which is telling angry white folks that “illegal immigration” is one of those things making conservatives feel like “strangers in our own country.”

“Own” may be the operative word here, in that conservatives think they own the country, a country composed of immigrants, a country to which Cruz is not even native. Heck, not too long ago, he held Canadian citizenship. I’m telling you folks, I like South Park, but it’s time to stop blaming Canada for Bryan Adams.

Here’s where the wheels come off the Republican cart: NPR asked last month, “As More Latinos Drop Religion, Should GOP Be Extra Worried?

Gohmert has made assumptions that have no basis in that shared reality we spoke of. According to NPR,

The number of Hispanic American “nones” — those who say they have no particular religion or are atheist or agnostic — is growing at a clip that would make GOP operatives green with envy. According to the Pew Research Center’s 2013 National Survey of Latinos and Religion, 18 percent of Hispanics are not affiliated with any religion.

NPR even does the math for Gohmert: “Put differently, almost 1 in 5 Hispanics now says he has no religious affiliation, more than the approximately 1 in 6 who identifies as Republican (many of whom are Cuban-Americans).”

So not only are Latinos not automatically Christians, there are more of them who don’t believe in God than there are who self-identify as Republicans.

Ouch?

Gohmert believes,

Now over time I think they will eventually realize that those in favor of hard work, faith in God and belief in democracy will eventually start voting Republican, but in the meantime I’m not sure there’s a country left by the time they realize that.

But it’s not going to get any better. It’s going to get worse, for as NPR points out, “the ranks of the Hispanic nones are growing quickly — nearly doubling from 10 percent in 2010, with the most pronounced jump occurring among younger Latinos. A whopping 31 percent of those ages 18-29 say they are religiously unaffiliated, about two-thirds the number of those who say they are Catholic (45 percent).”

The consequences do not bear thinking on for the already demographically-challenged Republican Party, which may be why Gohmert doesn’t think about them:

The trend also means that the number of Hispanic nones has now surpassed Hispanics who say they are born-again or evangelical Protestants (16 percent), which could have some significant political consequences, particularly for Republicans.

So here you have a demographic that is not only despised by Republicans – except as a source of cheap labor – but that doesn’t meet the minimum criteria for being Republican: being white and Christian. What’s in it for Latinos?

Nothing.

Making Gohmert’s belief that Latinos will vote Republican as likely as the Keystone XL pipeline producing jobs in more than the double-digits.*

* A State Department report says, “Once the proposed Project enters service, operations would require approximately 50 total employees in the United States: 35 permanent employees and 15 temporary contractors.”

24 Replies to “In Their Anti-Immigrant Rants, Republicans Become Unmoored for Our Shared Reality”

  1. Who voted for this fool to be in government?
    He is a complete laughing stock.

    I have a question for anyone (on another subject) about Mitch McConnell, apparently he is running on Obamacare repeal, but the people of his state seem to like Ky nect which he says he won’t touch. Surely the people of Kentucky know they are one and the same, they cannot be that uninformed!

  2. Gohmert is utterly insane. Scary to think he was a judge in charge of peoples fate. The sad part he actually believes his own crap.

    Check out his FB page. His constituents love him. So it must be the water or the air there.

  3. What exactly would the President accomplish by going to the border? Do they think he doesn’t know what’s going on down there?

    More to the point, if the Republicans want the President to “do something” about the problem, then why don’t they pass immigration reform? Why don’t they give the President the money he’s asking for to deal with the situation?

    Republicans are acting like they care about these children but their inaction shows that’s not the case. They don’t care. They’ve never cared. They are showing the world, and so are the people down there acting like idiots by yelling and whatnot at these children, just how screwed up this country is.

    Up is down, down is up and Republicans are sitting idly by while Rome burns.

    They complain about the President doing things by Executive Order but Republicans give him no choice. If THEY won’t act, then the President has to – someone needs to be the adult in the room.

  4. Oh, and Gohmert is an idiot. How that man ever got elected to Congress is beyond me. His constituents think he’s so great, which causes me to wonder what the hell is the state of the school system in Texas that people think Gohmert is the best and the brightest.

  5. Considering that Rep. Gohmert was also at one time an elected district judge in Texas, appointed to an Appeals Court judgeship by Governor Rick Perry, as well as an elected US gov. official, what are we to conclude about the intelligence of the Texas electorate?

  6. The right wing has learned the tactic of Fox News: create thousands of sock puppet accounts to post on their Facebooks & twitter accounts to make it seem like they’ve got a huge throng of people who worship the ground they walk on.

    Sarah Palin, for instance, pumps her twitter numbers up with fake followers.

    Facebook was busted at the time of their IPO of creating 250 million fake accounts to pump their numbers.

    The “sock puppet dittohead tactic” is outlined quite nicely in Murdouck’s World” where Fox News sock puppets flood the comments section of liberal sites to make it seem like there is massive disagreement or Fox sites to make it seem like there’s overwhelming agreement.

    It’s a shell game.

  7. According to the Madison Project’s own website, the huge fuss is being made over 140 kids. That’s right. 140.

    This is not a huge influx of people. They are kids who’s parents thought it was so intolerable and dangerous that they felt compelled to send them away to what they saw as a safer place. As an American parent who moved to Canada to better take care of my autistic daughter I see why. It was either move her here, or go bankrupt paying for her health & schooling needs.

    For these South Americans, it was come here, or be killed or watch their parents be killed.

    When did we become such a mean country? The reaction of the GOP has been HIDEOUS. And Ted Cruz? Stupefying hypocrisy and ingratitude.

  8. I know people in Illinois who think that Gohmert and Cruz are the greatest things since Jesus Christ.

    It’s a religious whack job thing.

  9. If the President did go to the border as the republicans are demanding, the republicans would immediately start braying that he was exploiting the situation for a photo-op.

  10. Isn’t he from Texas????

    Doesn’t he understand he is next door to Mexico???

    George W. Bush understood that SOME REFORM was needed.

  11. Paws – you must see the photo that is on a couple of websites , inside the meeting of poor Ricky and the pres, it is priceless!

  12. “what are we to conclude about the intelligence of the Texas electorate” That Hammerhead is a loaded question.

  13. The right wing’s “Christian values” need to be replaced with “Christ’s values”, and the world would be a far, far, better place.

  14. To be fair, perhaps I should have asked “what are we to conclude about the intelligence of the Texas electorate in Gohmert’s district (and of Rick Perry)?”

  15. As far as the standing misconception that only the GOP believes in god..well I have no problem with that. In fact the very existence of God is a misconception! So in FACT only those who believe in this God concept are actually victims of their own misconception. I prefer to have a relationship with reality instead of a fantasy.

  16. Yes, they can, Joan. I read a poll only a couple of months ago that showed Kynect polling well in Kentucky, but the same respondents opposed ‘Obamacare.’ They really don’t know their asses from first base, and it’s because the repubes lie to them, and the corporate-owned media allows it.

  17. Not *all* of his constituents. I am one of them. I think he’s a blooming idiot and frankly, I think he’s gone off the deep end now and seriously is in need of a psych exam.

    I’ll tell you how he gets reelected. Straight up voter apathy. You try to talk politics around here and their eyes glaze over. They’re perfectly happy letting crusty old men like Gohmert make decisions for them.

  18. Sometimes I paint with too broad a brush, ready to tar and feather his entire constituency when of course not everyone agrees with the bumbling idiot.

    I used to have Joe Walsh as my Congressman. I got put in another district that is pretty much blue, but those two years with Walsh! Good heavens, I cringed every time I read an article about him because he was so unhinged and people wondered, “who the hell lives in his district and voted for the buffoon.” Thankfully he lost to Tammy Duckworth but my district was already re-drawn by then. At least we have a Democrat now in BOTH districts. I hope it stays that way.

  19. People have been risking their lives to come here for fifteen thousand years. Immigration is a force of nature that will not be stopped. We can either find a way to deal with it or we can start killing them at the border. You know a lot of these “Christians” want to open fire. And Gohmert is the ringleader.

  20. Maybe in the extreme mountainous region. Most other people here are well aware the Kynect is the PPACA exchange. The ones who hate it, for whatever reason, still hate it. They are idiots like most red states. They hate it because mom and dad say so, or Fox news. Just like in any state. They are however, or none I have talked to have the belief that Obama is responsible for the Katrina fiasco.

  21. There is nothing about republicans that makes one think about Almighty God. Actually, someone else comes to mind……

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