People who support the party of Steve King, Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin often ask why liberals treat them like toddlers. Okay, “toddlers” was actually my word. Their words tend to be a lot angrier. Allow me to answer their question. The reason we treat them like toddlers is that they support people that say really stupid, crazy s@$t! I submit to you today’s exhibit A (I say today’s because I’m certain that by the time I’m done writing this, some other reactionary Republican will say something really hyperbolic and stupid), Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-TX):
An emotional, at times appearing to hold back tears, Gohmert addressed Congress over the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate by saying that the administration is stomping on religious rights. He seemed most upset that the Department of Health and Human Services had the audacity to claim that religion was a “value.”
“Values’ nothing,” he said. “It is a constitutional right that this administration is trotting on, and trampling, and stomping on. And if it will take this right, what’s next? Can Jews not worship on the Sabbath because it’s inconvenient? But maybe this administration will help try to accommodate that ‘value.’ Or how about communion? Maybe this administration will find at some point it’s really not healthy and so they’ll try to accommodate the religious convictions of freedom.”
Not only is birth control offending God, according to Gohmert, it’s offending Ben Franklin (the Deist).
“The God of which Ben Franklin spoke, without whom we will succeed in our political building no better than the builders of Babel, is now being told by this administration that they’ll accommodate as best they can, but make no mistake they’re trampling on the rights that Priests for Life have been preaching about for 20 years.”
Gohmert neglected to mention that Franklin lived in sin and fathered only two children, leading one to believe that he practiced some form of birth control.
Here’s the video:
Oh, but Congressman Gohmert, you are mistaken. The religious rights that are being stomped upon are not yours, they are mine. That feeling of something being shoved down people’s throats is not birth control pills, it is your religion.