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Pierce writes: "I was spending a quiet Sunday on a plane to Dallas, reading this lovely WaPo piece about how the new Republican-majority Congress, which will open the Reign of the Morons II this coming Tuesday, really understands that it has to govern the country responsibly this time around, and that the grown-ups are in charge again, and that my new friend Joni Ernst of Iowa will be put through the Brainiac V and come out the other side as a United States Senator."

Louis Gohmert. (photo: Getty Images)
Louis Gohmert. (photo: Getty Images)


The Congress Is Revolting

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

06 January 2015

 

was spending a quiet Sunday on a plane to Dallas, reading this lovely WaPo piece about how the new Republican-majority Congress, which will open the Reign of the Morons II this coming Tuesday, really understands that it has to govern the country responsibly this time around, and that the grown-ups are in charge again, and that my new friend Joni Ernst of Iowa will be put through the Brainiac V and come out the other side as a United States Senator, and not a person concerned about the UN and its plan to steal all our golfs. And that this will all happen just as soon as the president agrees to be president the same way Mitt Romney should have been president. Then, of course, some other news broke and my peace of mind was shattered.

"Eventually, the goal is second, third, fourth round, we have enough people that say ‘you know what, it really is time for a change,'" [Louie] Gohmert said Sunday. "'You deceived us when you went to Obama and Pelosi to get your votes for the cromnibus. You said you'd fight amnesty tooth an nail. You didn't, you funded it.'" Gohmert said, if elected, he would "fight amnesty tooth and nail. We'll use the powers of the purse. We'll have better oversight. We'll fight to defund ObamaCare." "In 2010, Boehner and other leaders said if you put us in the majority, we will have time to read the bills," Gohmert said. "That hasn't happened. We saw that with the cromnibus, again." "We'll get back to appropriating and we will go through regular committee process, so every representative from both parties will have a chance to participate in the process and not have a dictator running things," he added.

And when the Padisha Emperor of Alpha Crazoid XII speaks, all must listen. We must respect the fact that he has national asparaguses.

Since I have no job that requires me to act in any way responsibly, might I suggest that Nancy Pelosi have a nice chat with her friend John Boehner and hint that, just maybe, she might be interested in what Gohmert has to say? This will never happen, of course, just as I don't believe Gohmert's challenge is anything more than noise. I'm fairly sure he'll chicken out at some point, even if he had enough votes to scare Boehner a whiter shade of orange. Baby Jeebus is not amigo enough to do this for me. Not on the same weekend that we hear that Huck may be rising from tomb as well.

I do so despair of the rebranding.

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+106 # PeacefulGarden 2015-01-06 15:11
I know, Gohmert is such an asparagus. Could you imagine inviting him to your house for dinner; actually sharing food with him? The evening would be just littered with biblical insanity and right wing paranoia all with a special hint of dollar signs stuffed down his pants; like the crazy benevolent overlordy thing; big daddy texas style, and throw in some wacky old style sense of humor about poor people.

Just vomit.
 
 
+40 # X Dane 2015-01-06 22:37
PeacefulGarden.
Gohmert is a total idiot. I nearly fell of my chair today when I heard that he is JUDGE Gohmert. I know our justice system is in big trouble. It is in more trouble than I realized, when a total moron like Gohmert can be a judge.

I feel so bad for anybody in the courtroom
with him.
 
 
+78 # wantrealdemocracy 2015-01-06 17:31
Only the title of this article made any sense to me. The Congress is revolting. I know it makes me feel like puking.
 
 
+37 # Mattie 2015-01-06 21:00
Revolting? Yep. . . just sayin': The consent to be governed is not consent to be terrorized, brutalized, poisoned, or impoverished.
 
 
+6 # Mattie 2015-01-07 13:14
So if the United States does not negotiate with terrorists, why are we electing them? I do think that Gohmert's reference to "the powers of the purse" is worth scrutiny and that progressives need to find ways to attack the pocket books of the elite. On some levels it's easy. "Don't buy that stuff" (it worked well in Atlanta during the 60s and 70s).
 
 
+114 # bingers 2015-01-06 17:32
Can anyone recall Republicans being right about anything? It's been decades.
 
 
+62 # randrjwr 2015-01-06 17:57
Quoting bingers:
Can anyone recall Republicans being right about anything? It's been decades.


Lincoln freed the slaves.
 
 
+99 # REDPILLED 2015-01-06 18:05
Eisenhower had a 90% marginal income tax rate on high income and then warned us about the Military-Indust rial Complex just before leaving office.

And Nixon went to China and supported the EPA.

That's all I've got.
 
 
+39 # Working Class 2015-01-06 18:47
commies all! or at least by modern GOP standards
 
 
+28 # Bolduc619 2015-01-07 00:08
Nixon supported Medicare for all ... take that Hillary!

And I can't see any of the Dems supporting a Guaranteed National Income (Social Security for All) the way he did either.

Don't trust me, check the Wiki .... damn this country shifted far right ...
 
 
+2 # AndreM5 2015-01-07 11:43
Nixon DID NOT support the EPA. He vetoed it at least once. It only passed later when he was under investigation.
 
 
+28 # pagrad 2015-01-06 19:08
Lincoln freed the slaves.

Yes, but he kept the Confederate States, or as we know them: SSA -the Stupid States of America.
 
 
+27 # Helen Marshall 2015-01-06 19:10
Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation only affected the rebel states. Took an amendment to do the whole thing.
 
 
+25 # Bolduc619 2015-01-07 00:07
Yes, and thanks to St. Ronnie of Reagan, 1/3 of ALL Black men are now either in prison or on parole ...

Actually, as a former Progressive Dem turned Green, the current crop of Repugs make Eisenhower and even Nixon look good.
 
 
+47 # djnova50 2015-01-06 18:58
Teddy Roosevelt was the founder of the Progressive Party Insurgency of 1912. While this party had its limits, there were quite a few things that this party's platform called for. Here's just a few:

Strict limits and disclosure requirements on political campaign contributions

Registration of lobbyists

Recording and publication of Congressional committee proceedings

A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.

Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled

There is more to this list if you want to look it up.
 
 
+20 # WestWinds 2015-01-06 21:46
Quoting djnova50:
Teddy Roosevelt was the founder of the Progressive Party Insurgency of 1912. While this party had its limits, there were quite a few things that this party's platform called for. Here's just a few:

Strict limits and disclosure requirements on political campaign contributions

Registration of lobbyists

Recording and publication of Congressional committee proceedings

A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.

Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled

There is more to this list if you want to look it up.



--- I think we need a limit on how many lobbyists there can be in DC from each industry. Last I heard we had gone from 36 lobbyists to 36,000 of them. I'd like to see their numbers cropped; like ONE lobbyist from each industrial sector. They could have caucuses and elect a rep from each group.
 
 
+5 # wrknight 2015-01-07 15:24
Quoting WestWinds:
I think we need a limit on how many lobbyists there can be in DC from each industry. Last I heard we had gone from 36 lobbyists to 36,000 of them. I'd like to see their numbers cropped; like ONE lobbyist from each industrial sector. They could have caucuses and elect a rep from each group.
Stop the money flow and the lobbyists will disappear like magic.
 
 
+3 # Cassandra2012 2015-01-07 16:50
We need to stop the Teapug Koch Bros. ' shills!
 
 
0 # mh1224jst 2015-01-17 18:19
Which is why he's on Mt Rushmore.
 
 
+22 # pagrad 2015-01-06 19:05
For the last 100 years, the Republican Political Party philosophy has been a failure!!! Google it. Those of you who may be Republicans, take off your sox, count on your toes, ten times.
 
 
+7 # Regina 2015-01-07 00:46
Only "right-wing" and "ultra-right" -- neither of those means "correct."
 
 
0 # Regina 2015-01-07 00:48
Only "right-wing" or "ultra-right." For decades.
 
 
+2 # RLF 2015-01-07 06:40
It has been almost as long with the dems. IQ might be slightly lower on the red side but there is no Ivory tower on the hill!
 
 
+3 # wrknight 2015-01-07 15:21
Don't forget Teddy Roosevelt who broke up the monopolies.
 
 
+13 # kitster 2015-01-06 18:20
I've written the title..."THE YEAR OF PROFUSSLY BLEEDING OUT RED." now, will someone out there write the movie?
 
 
+35 # Anarchist 23 2015-01-06 19:02
I wish this were a Marx Brothers comedy instead of our government.
 
 
+1 # AndreM5 2015-01-07 11:47
Hey, they did a pretty good job of running Freedonia!
 
 
+23 # cherylpetro 2015-01-06 19:14
When you understand that the Republicans only want the demise of the American people,the place of the country in the world, and the environment, and care only about getting money for themselves, what is there to hear? What compromise could there possibly be w/o turning against the very people who depend upon you to represent them? I have heard time, and time again that America doesn't negotiate with terrorists; Democrats are just following that same value. Republicans don't mind putting this country in jeopardy to get their selfish, petty way!
 
 
+5 # bmiluski 2015-01-07 13:19
cherylpetro.... ...the republicans do not WANT the demise of the American people, the place of the country in the world, and the environment. They just DON'T CARE what happens to our country, the people, the environment, or our place in the world. Just as long as they get their money.
 
 
+30 # Vardoz 2015-01-06 19:45
They work for the corporations, Wall St, the military, big Pharma, and all of the others at the top. We are the useless mob. We don't make big profits for Wall St, we are considered dead weight, the 47% as Romney put it. All I know is that as Grayson once said, "They want us to die and die fast." along with our planet. We need Bernie Sanders an insider whose on the side of the people. These guys live in a fantasy world that's only meant for them.
 
 
+14 # WestWinds 2015-01-06 21:51
Quoting Vardoz:
They work for the corporations, Wall St, the military, big Pharma, and all of the others at the top. We are the useless mob. We don't make big profits for Wall St, we are considered dead weight, the 47% as Romney put it. All I know is that as Grayson once said, "They want us to die and die fast." along with our planet. We need Bernie Sanders an insider whose on the side of the people. These guys live in a fantasy world that's only meant for them.


--- No, no. We are TOLD we are dead weight so they can objectify us. But remember, WE are the ones that pay the bills for their success story. Remember; these people are NOTHING but glorified salesmen; business people whose ONLY raison d'etre is money; to get YOUR money out of YOUR pockets and into theirs. After that, there is nothing but hot air coming out of them all; I call them Robo-Republicon s. Let's stay focused, people. Know thy enemy for the low-life they are.
 
 
+22 # Sweet Pea 2015-01-06 20:01
Oh no, they're not morons, they know exactly what they are doing. Why would they bite the hands of the wealthy investors that put them into office.
 
 
+36 # angelfish 2015-01-06 20:09
This Congress makes me embarrassed to be an American. The Founders must ALL be spinning in their graves over what has become of, what was once, a body filled with thoughtful, decent and caring people who took on the job of making us the best Country in the History of Civilization. THIS one, confirms the fact that that the experiment has failed miserably. I imagine many will say that the Congress now reflects the make-up of the Country. NOT so! They were gerrymandered, and elected on false pretenses. For the love of God and Country, America, listen and pay CLOSE attention to see the havoc that will be attempted against us, then, in 2016 in the voting booth, never, ever, ever, EVER vote for another ReTHUGlican until they can PROVE that they will FIRST and foremost, do us NO more harm!
 
 
+27 # littlebird 2015-01-06 20:22
It is not only disappointing that the new Congress is the same, only more of the same, it is scary and somehow it smacks of fraud. How in the world have we the people lost touch with what has been happening the last 4 years, not to understand how this Congress has been the worst in history. There have been no good bills past, only because they all vowed to say "NO" to the president, which in itself an act of treason, because they are acting against
the best interest of the country to try to bring the president down. The news reports that Democrats stayed home,therefore, Republicans won in the midterms. Maybe that is true, but it seemed that Republicans in their right mind would not vote again for such a stupid and despised body of do nothings as the Republicans who caused the government shutdown and our downgrade of credit in their childish tantrum and hostage taking, while refusing to enter into a reasonable solution and compromise with other law makers. What are Americans thinking? "We the People" are the voters who have the responsibility to see that our nation prospers and is kept whole. When we allow a bunch of fools to takeover with only the downfall of the present administration as their goal, we have failed ourselves and have no way to find a remedy, except to wait for another election year. This will not be a year of recovery, this will be a year of more money in the pockets of wall street and the war mongers and less transparency. We will regret Nov. 2014.
 
 
+9 # WestWinds 2015-01-06 21:56
Quoting Littlebird:
It is not only disappointing that the new Congress is the same, only more of the same, it is scary and somehow it smacks of fraud. How in the world have we the people lost touch with what has been happening the last 4 years, not to understand how this Congress has been the worst in history. ...


--- We need to move the Mid-terms back with the presidential election cycle. We are getting slaughtered with this opposition referendum flip-flopping every Mid-term and it is giving us Congressional compositions that absolutely don't represent the actual will of the people. We need to couple this with a long weekend (Fri/Sat/Sun) for voting so no one can claim they couldn't vote because they "had to work". I'd also like to see a greater emphasis put on ballot voting to get around all of the rigged Diebolds and other fancy tricks that have been going on. And I don't think it would be a bad idea to have all of the Boards of Elections giving free classes on civics so people understand their government and what is going on. A standardized and approved script would teach the people the parts of the government and what each does and answer questions about each party's platform planks and what each candidate actually stands for. Of course, how to get the Red States to not bias the process would be another question.
 
 
+1 # greenbacker 2015-01-07 07:53
"We need to move the Mid-terms back with the presidential election cycle."

Not sure what you're suggesting here. Are you saying the House members should have 4-year terms instead of two-year terms?
 
 
+2 # wrknight 2015-01-07 15:27
Quoting greenbacker:
"We need to move the Mid-terms back with the presidential election cycle."

Not sure what you're suggesting here. Are you saying the House members should have 4-year terms instead of two-year terms?

God Forbid!
 
 
0 # bmiluski 2015-01-07 13:23
Littlebird..... ......"this Congress has been the worst in history."
Really......did you never hear of the Teapot Dome scandal?

The Teapot Dome scandal was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1924, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding.

And there's more where that came from.
 
 
+5 # wrknight 2015-01-07 15:30
Quoting bmiluski:
Littlebird..........."this Congress has been the worst in history."
Really......did you never hear of the Teapot Dome scandal?

The Teapot Dome scandal was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1924, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Secretary of the Interior Albert B. Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding.

And there's more where that came from.

The Teapot Dome scandal was chump change compared to modern day corruption. Each generation of politicians raises the bar for corruption.
 
 
0 # moonrigger 2015-01-09 13:46
So my question is, why is there no SAT-like test for candidates? Shouldn't they be required to know something about the planet, as well as our country? We might throw in some psychological testing, like most of us who've ever worked corporate have had to submit to. We're ruled by a class who've made an end run, who scoff at the very idea of having to play by the rules.
 
 
+8 # Gnome de Pluehm 2015-01-06 20:23
@ Pagrad:
"Can anyone recall Republicans being right about anything? It's been decades."

"Lincoln freed the slaves."

Do you understand the term decades? Lincoln was 155 years ago.
 
 
+10 # jcdav 2015-01-06 21:19
that is 15.3 decades, yes?
 
 
+8 # mozartssister 2015-01-06 21:58
I believe that was the point.
 
 
0 # randrjwr 2015-01-09 22:26
Quoting Gnome de Pluehm:
@ Pagrad:
"Can anyone recall Republicans being right about anything? It's been decades."

"Lincoln freed the slaves."

Do you understand the term decades? Lincoln was 155 years ago.


That was exactly my point. It's been 15.5 damned decades.
 
 
+21 # Kimberly999 2015-01-06 21:22
If these Nimrods had ever actually read the whole bible, they might consider that being the stewards of a planet usually don't include exploiting, polluting & destroying it for profit. In the Sermon on the Mount - we were told to feed the hungry - that we ARE our brothers' keeper & that an elephant has a better chance of going thru the eye of a needle than a rich man has of going to heaven. That said, for people who claim to believe this stuff, they sure manage to ignore a lot of it! They win elections because they cheat, their confederates run own courts, own our media & own the voting and tabulation systems. We may not have had a completely honest election in years. Their only mandate appears to have originated in Hell.
 
 
+7 # WestWinds 2015-01-06 21:58
Quoting Kimberly999:
If these Nimrods had ever actually read the whole bible, they might consider that being the stewards of a planet usually don't include exploiting, polluting & destroying it for profit. In the Sermon on the Mount - we were told to feed the hungry - that we ARE our brothers' keeper & that an elephant has a better chance of going thru the eye of a needle than a rich man has of going to heaven. That said, for people who claim to believe this stuff, they sure manage to ignore a lot of it! They win elections because they cheat, their confederates run own courts, own our media & own the voting and tabulation systems. We may not have had a completely honest election in years. Their only mandate appears to have originated in Hell.


--- As an interesting aside, if you look at the first couple of pages of most Real Property law texts, the first thing they address is that the notion of ownership is a pseudo event and a legal fiction.
 
 
+8 # Margolicious 2015-01-07 01:16
Kimberly, you mean a camel not an elephant. However, a camel can go through the eye of a needle if all the water molecules were taken out of it. I agree with you 100 percent. Too many people do not bother to vote and others are just plain stupid. The people that voted for all these "repukicans" in the last election are a bunch of scared to death racist white old people. We need to take away all voting restrictions and money in politics. We need a constitutional amendment to overthrow the Citizens United decision. Additionally, a tough Glass Steagal Law needs to be passed to keep Wall Street and banks from gambling and selling junk to investors so we do not have another 2008 financial crisis. Eliot Spitzer should be the czar of Wall Street to regulate those crooks so that they will not control the economy, prices of gold, stocks, energy, etc. Insider trading, ponzi schemes, and financial dishonesty should have a minimum sentence of 30 yrs.and all your money and property. Wall Street crooks need to be jailed. Government whistleblowers should be given large financial rewards instead of being sent to jail. We need a progressive movement. The "repukicans" and Democrats work for the 1% and not us. We the people can bring about positive change if we work together and protest and fight injustice. Privatization makes corporations rich and does not benefit the public. Taxes for the rich and corporations should be the same as during the Eisenhower administration.
 
 
-11 # BKnowswhitt2 2015-01-07 01:04
I happen to know the guy who was the Whip on the Floor of the House of Reps . he told me they hated Pelosi because she insisted an ran the Global Warming (Pharse i call it) .. Obama wanted Health Care Reform .. a noble and statesman worthy Change .. now too much force helped create the current rift ... that being said .. let the Repuke run their bad policies again .. unfortunately it will take that for the reaction we need to make real change down the road .. real change takes time .. I don't blame Obama .. but Mitch the Bitch et al may not have happened at all without the global warming lie .. regardless of whether you agree or disagrre i dont' fucking care .. it will take more abuse from THAT side to create the next changes ..
 
 
+7 # Rockster 2015-01-07 02:15
West winds is really onto something in her aside. Actually , having worked in the financial sector for a while, I can remind you all that there's no reality to money either. It's all whipping around in little electrons trying to squeeze the very last bit of greed from every market. There is almost no one who understands what's actually going on so they just keep it going around and around as fast as possible and hope we don't notice that the emperor has no clothes! Oh the water corps public and private don't own our water either. And no one owns the airwaves either . As a matter of Truth It's all a pack of lies.
 
 
+8 # babalu 2015-01-07 05:54
Gohmert, you don't have time to write bills because you are on vacation TWO THIRDS of the time. Sit at your damn $20K desk and talk to your damn $500K staff and tell them what you want!
Currently you idiots seem to be waiting to be led by the hand either by your self-serving leadership or by lobbyists.
 
 
+4 # Buddha 2015-01-07 11:13
"The Congress is revolting"

You said it, they stink on ice.

Dems should have uniformly voted for Gohmert and his asparagus. If all the Dems can now be are saboteurs just as the GOP has been, then how better than to complete sabotage the House GOP Caucus by making Gohmert its face. But they didn't, they voted for Boehner in more of the usual hope that we'll see moderacy and sanity out of the House. Good luck with that, Dems. You forever will play "Charlie Brown" to their football-yankin g "Lucy", won't you?
 

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