The government shutdown may finally be over, but one of the stories garnering the most headlines currently was an outburst by longtime stenographer, Dianne Reidy, on the House floor. Approaching the microphone as Representatives voted Wednesday, Reidy rambled about the nation’s lack of religion. “The greatest deception here is this is not one nation under God!” she said. “It never was. Had it been, it would not have been! The Constitution would not have been written by Freemasons!”
Admittedly, her words are pretty out there. Still, it’s ridiculous that the media is now choosing to ridicule this woman instead of the politicians who brought the government to a standstill for equally crazy reasons. Besides, it’s not as if those are the weirdest sentences uttered on the House floor. More embarrassingly, we have plenty of elected officials whose beliefs are more bizarre than Reidy’s.
Here are 7 nutty quotes from members of Congress worthy of much more criticism:
1. “I would point out that if you’re a believer in the Bible, one would have to say the Great Flood is an example of climate change, and that certainly wasn’t because mankind had overdeveloped hydrocarbon energy.” – Texas Representative Joe Barton
Barton has tried to argue that, even in the face of evidence of climate change, there’s no reason to do anything to prevent it. After all, it may be God’s will.
2. “You have this 21st century plantation that has been out there, where the Democrat Party has forever taken the black vote for granted. And you have established certain black leaders who are nothing more than the overseers of that plantation. And now the people on that plantation are upset because they have been disregarded, disrespected, and their concerns are not cared about. So I’m here as the modern-day Harriet Tubman to kind of lead people on the Underground Railroad, away from that plantation into a sense of sensibility.” – Florida Representative Allen West
West comparing himself to Harriet Tubman for [hypothetically] bringing African Americans over to the GOP is pure comedy.
3. “I think video games is a bigger problem than guns because video games affect people.” – Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander.
Alexander clearly doesn’t understand how bullets work if he thinks they lack the power to “affect” people.
4. “Unfortunately, [Melissa Etheridge] is now suffering from breast cancer, so keep her in your prayers. This may be an opportunity for her now to be open to some spiritual things, now that she is suffering with that physical disease: she is a lesbian.” – Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann
Saying that a cancer diagnosis is also an apt time to repent for a homosexual lifestyle is not just tacky, it’s delusional.
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