Move Over, Stenographer: 7 Even Worse Quotes from Congress
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.
5. “Watch a sonogram of a 15-week baby and they have movements that are purposeful. They stroke their face. If they’re a male baby, they may have a hand between their legs. If they feel pleasure, why is it so hard to believe that they could feel pain?” – Texas Representative Michael Burgess
Having exhausted all other excuses, Burgess goes off the deep end with a falsified “fetuses masturbate!” claim in an attempt to restrict women’s access to abortions.
6. “You can say I’m a hater, but I would argue I’m a lover. I’m a lover of traditional families and of the right of children to have a mother and fatherů I would argue that the future of America hangs in the balance because the future of the family hangs in the balance. Isn’t that the ultimate homeland security, standing up and defending marriage?” – Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum
Gay marriage is essentially terrorism and therefore homophobia is a form of patriotism. How is it that this brand of crazy never ascended to the presidency?
7. “All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young earth. I don’t believe that the earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.” – Georgia Representative Paul Broun
Seeing this Bible-thumper entirely dismiss most scientific theories while calling himself a “scientist” really helps to put in perspective how much worse the stenographer’s religious outburst could have been.
How is it that none of these politicians have been dragged off the Congressional floor and taken to a local hospital for evaluation?