June 29, 2010 6:34 AM

This is what happens when the blood supply to the brain is cut off during birth


(apologies to Keith Olbermann)

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)

“I talked to a retired FBI agent who said that one of the things they were looking at were terrorist cells overseas who had figured out how to game our system. And it appeared they would have young women, who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby,” said Gohmert. “They wouldn’t even have to pay anything for the baby. And then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists. And then one day, twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life. ‘Cause they figured out how stupid we are being in this country to allow our enemies to game our system, hurt our economy, get set up in a position to destroy our way of life.”

There’s ignorant, there’s xenophobic, there’s paranoid…and then there’s Louie Gohmert. It’s difficult to even know where to begin. Not only has the Texas Republican not had a coherent thought since he slithered from his mother’s womb, he’s determined to dismantle the Constitution in order to save it. Yes, that’s right; Gohmert is one of a growing number of Republican zealots determined to invalidate the 14th Amendment in order to save Our Way of Life (as least as they define it). Yes, if not for the Evil Brown People who insist on birthing their diabolical and anti-American Anchor Babies, we’d be living in a virtual Paradise, where White Makes Right and people who aren’t White (and Republican) know their place.

Listening to Gohmert spewing his nonsensical conspiracy theories would be humorous if he wasn’t so deadly seriously. Listen to Gohmert long enough, and it becomes clear that he fervently believes everything that spews from his overheated piehole. And he’s not the only Conservative White Republican who’s managed to convince themselves that the real threat to our nation lies in anchor babies. Gohmert and his ilk have their panties in a wad over an alleged terrorist plot designed to play out over 20-30 years and that begins with anchor babies. Hey, if Barack Obama’s parent were able to forge his birth certificate to make it look as if he was born in Hawaii, Lord only knows what unspeakable acts of treason the Evil Brown People are capable of.

How completely off the reservation has Gohmert gone? Well, it would difficult to do justice to the depth and breadth of Gohmert’s paranoid lunacy, but here goes nothing:

It’s likely that Gohmert is using an entirely concocted scenario to foment fear and drive the message — particularly popular among nativist elements — that birthright citizenship guaranteed under the Fourteenth Amendment poses an existential threat to national security. Alluding to the threat of terrorism is not new for Gohmert. For instance, he suggested last November that Democrats wanted another terrorist attack on New York City as a way to advance a jobs bill. During the health care debate, he also made the outlandish claim that Democrats are more willing to negotiate with terrorists than with Republicans.

Gohmert managed to conflate one conversation with a retired FBI agent into an entire international terrorist conspiracy theory. That there’s no evidence to support Gohmert’s impotent bleatings is beside the point- Louie Gohmert is a patriot, and he’s determined to protect ‘Merkins from Evil, Dirty Furriners who would destroy Our Way of Life…no matter the time frame, the expense, the twisting of reality, or the effort required.

And doesn’t it just figure that Gohmert’s from Texas? After having lived there for 10+ years, I’m here to tell you that Gohmert is actually one of the SANE ones. Yes, there are people in Texas- some of them in elected office- who make Gohmert (and Joe Barton, and John Culberson, ad infinitum, ad nauseum) look like Girl Scouts. Maybe it’s something in the water….

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