For years, Minnesota Republican Congresswoman Michele Bachmann was known for her far right, social conservative rantings, both on the House floor and on the campaign trail. Rep. Bachmann may be leaving the Capitol in 2014, but that just means a bigger spotlight for her lesser-known but just as inflammatory colleagues in the House.
One such Congressman, Texas Republican Steve Stockman, has decided to challenge sitting Republican Senator John Coryn to a primary battle. Sen. Coryn is by no means a moderate, yet compared to Rep. Stockman, he’s practically to the left of President Barack Obama. A one term Congressman who was defeated during reelection in the mid-90s, he returned to D.C. after winning a new seat in the 2012 elections.
Still don’t feel like you know Rep. Stockman? Well, consider these six outrageous things said by the far right Congressman.
1) ”Our campaign bumper sticker: If babies had guns, they wouldn’t be aborted.” Yes, that was Rep. Stockman, who is the perennial sponsor of the “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” which would declare life as beginning at the moment of conception and require that “life” to have legal rights and be protected at all costs, even in cases where the pregnancy was non-viable or was caused by sexual assault. Meanwhile, nearly 200 children have been killed by guns in the last year.
2) ”The government shut down is to save America!“ Yes, Rep. Stockman was an enthusiastic government shutdown supporter, saying that it was worth whatever harm may come to Americans if they could keep Obamacare from going into effect. Even before the final showdown, Rep. Stockman was cheering one on, saying, “One of the things that we’re doing wrong is that we’re accepting the argument that when we defund Obamacare, that we’re closing the government down. We’re not! In fact, we’re saving the nation’s future by not funding it.” In the end, Obamacare insurance exchanges opened regardless, and the country lost billions because of lost productivity.
3) ”Waco was staged to steal your guns!” Yes, apparently the standoff at the Branch Davidian compound in the 90s was really all a federal government set up to ensure that the Clinton administration could justify banning assault weapons. “Waco was supposed to be a way for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Clinton administration to prove the need for a ban on so-called assault weapons,” Rep. Stockman wrote in an article for Guns & Ammo magazine. Almost 20 years later and he is just as enthusiastic about guns, even voting to allow teachers to be armed at schools.
4) ”Sex ed is corrupting the children!” Sure, a lot of Republicans seem to dislike anything that isn’t abstience only education in the classroom. Rep. Stockman really, really dislikes it though, even sending a letter to colleagues stating, “Our children have been taught that…any type of sex is a valid outlet for their emotions. They are taught that the problem with sex is not that it is wrong to engage in homosexual, bestial, underage, or premarital sex, but that it is wrong to do so without protection.” Because bestiality and premarital sex are definitely the same thing.
5) ”Don‘t protect ‘gender-changers.’” Rep. Stockman followed many of his cohorts in refusing to re-authorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), despite it routinely being authorized with large majorities prior to the latest vote. His reason? It protected trans people. ”This is a truly bad bill. This is helping the liberals, this is horrible. Unbelievable. What really bothers — it’s called a women’s act, but then they have men dressed up as women, they count that. Change-gender, or whatever. How is that — how is that a woman?”
6) ”Impeach Obama.” Of course, far right, Tea Party favorite Rep. Stockman is an “impeach Obama” advocate. He even went as far as to have a copy of a book laying out a rationale for impeachment to every member of the House. As if that wasn’t enough, he even hired a law firm to help him investigate the President. The firm, according to Right Wing Watch, “[I]s the home of Christian Reconstructionist leader Herb Titus, who believes Obama is ineligible to be president and supports the imposition of biblical law, and claims it specializes in ‘biblical wisdom.’”
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