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?

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Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Cheryl Mallon-Bond

Idiot is, as.idiot does!!!!!!!

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K4 years ago

What I've found shocking in the news coverage of this poor woman's breakdown is that the news people have all totally missed a great teaching opportunity. What she said was factually accurate - this country was founded by a bunch of Deists who didn't believe that Jesus was the son of God but a great moral philosopher, many of whom were indeed Freemasons. It would have been fabulous if they'd had historians all over TV stating categorically that this country was not founded on 'Christian principles', as so many ignorant Americans now believe - it's easier to brainwash an empty brain than a full one.

Joe Barton is not a representative of a district in Texas, he's a representative of Big Oil. He's the idiot who apologized to Tony Haywood of BP when he was being grilled during a congressional hearing, and characterized the President's request for a 20 billion down payment for damages from BP as 'extortion'. Lamar Alexander has signs of early Alzheimers since he's more concerned about the 'effects' of video games than bullets, but the rest of these people are all certifiable; many will end their days institutionalized or incarcerated after committing a mass murder (I'm talking 'bout you, Alan West!).

Ellen Gaston
Ellen Gaston4 years ago

They must not have had a stenographer the day our Commander In Chief Obama demonstrated three times he didn't know what a "Corpsman" was nor how many states are in the USA. He voted against raising the debt ceiling and called it unpatriotic and irresponsible to do so as a Senator. Yet he's awfully righteously indignant now. Boy he sure is good at Droning the hell out of people, though. Even U.S. citizens! Yet I haven't seen Sheehan and Code Pink having seizures in front of the White House over it in...5 years. I suppose the half a million dollar soccer field built for those poor oppressed terrorists at Gitmo makes up for it.

Ellen Gaston
Ellen Gaston4 years ago

And they couldn't find a single ridiculous quote from a democrat. How predictable. No bias here at all. Do the political activist fake journalists writing propaganda here get paid or are they considered volunteers for the DNC?

Susan T.
Susan Tamanaha4 years ago

(cont'd) . And his people - the only people he considers as American people - are willing to believe him.

Susan T.
Susan Tamanaha4 years ago

I said that I would post this at different times of the day to reach as many people as I can so here I am. The government shutdown cost US, the taxpayers, $24 Billion. Republican leaders are saying it won’t happen again but, once again, Ted Cruz isn’t promising the same thing. I'm fed up. So I created a petition on this site and on We The People, the White House site for petitions. The argument that I've made is a legal one, not an emotional one, based on a ruling by the United States Supreme Court in Perry vs United States. Please go to the Care2 petition page to read the entire argument by using this link:
If you'd like to sign, please sign there or better yet, on We The People because the President has responded to Petitions on that White House site. That link is:
And ask your social media friends to sign too.
We REALLY must do something to stop Ted Cruz, Michele Bachmann, and all of those Tea Partiers from gaining any more power over the Congressional process because, as we’ve seen, they don’t care about the harm that their actions have caused. They are dangerous and Cruz perhaps the most dangerous of all because he is a religious zealot. He is on record as opposing not only abortion but birth control because HE, against all scientific evidence to the contrary, considers them abortifacients - something that causes abortions. And hi

A F.
Athena F4 years ago

So many people with fear, greed and hate in their hearts. When will the stupid end?

Alan Lambert
Alan Lambert4 years ago

West's district already threw him out and brought Grayson back, As did Pennsylvania with Santorum. And I'm ever hopeful that Bachmann's district will get over it's collective Bachmannia and elect a Democrat in her place. Then maybe Marcus will realize that he's actually gay and toss Michele out in the streets with the rest of the um, prostitutes.

Vanessa Hooper
Vanessa Hooper4 years ago

If a lot more of these 'crazies' were locked up, you can bet the stenographer would not have had her outburst & the government might actually work the way it's supposed to. How about every single person running for office passing a psychiatric exam before their name can even go on the ballot? How many narcissists would you find? I'm sure there's a few sociopaths there, also. Let them find out what it's like to have no control over your life because the 'crazies' have taken over!