I sometimes wonder if the racists and the bigots get their franchise like some Amway promotion: find one person, then get them to find another, and then that one finds another, and so on. That’s about the only way I can explain how stupid spreads across the land. For example:
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Monday openly admitted that she opposed the latest reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) because it included protections for LGBT, Native American, and undocumented victims of domestic violence.
In an appearance on MSNBC, Blackburn pointed out that the latest iteration of the law protects “different groups” and thus dilutes funding for straight, non-Native American women with the proper documentation…
Because of course if you’re a lesbian or Native American or undocumented, you probably deserved whatever happens to you because, well, you’re just not one of us.
Not just to pick on Ms. Blackburn — she regularly turns up on cable TV as a second-string Michele Bachmann and entertains with all sorts of harebrained stuff including birtherism — because I’m pretty sure that she didn’t come up with this justification for voting against VAWA on her own. She’s not that creative. Someone had to hand this talking point to her, or there’s some website where she downloaded it.
Then there’s this guy, who’s just plain goofy.
On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced that the across-the-board sequester cuts will result in the cancellation of all White House tours indefinitely. This no doubt upset ticket holders, but it also seems to have struck a nerve with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who introduced an amendment to a continuing resolution on the federal budget that seeks to block President Obama from using federal funds for any future golf outings until the tours are reinstated:
None of the funds made available by a division of this Act may be used to transport the President to or from a golf course until public tours of the White House resume.
You can’t make this stuff up on your own.