There should be a simple test as to whether or not someone should be elected to Congress. One of the questions should be whether or not equal rights under the law are constitutional. (Hint: the answer is yes.)
So why does Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) have a problem with it?
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), a freshman congressman aligned with the Tea Party, held a town hall Monday evening in Gainesville where he fielded a wide range of questions from constituents. One such voter was Melvin Flournoy, a 57-year-old African American from Gainesville, who asked Yoho whether he believes the Civil Rights Act is constitutional.
The easy answer in this case — “yes” — has the benefit of also being correct. But Yoho found the question surprisingly difficult.
“Is it constitutional, the Civil Rights Act?” Yoho repeated before giving his reply: “I wish I could answer that 100 percent.” The Florida Republican then went on to strongly imply it may be unconstitutional: “I know a lot of things that were passed are not constitutional, but I know it’s the law of the land.”
In his previous career, Mr. Yoho was a veterinarian. I’m not sure I’d want someone with this brainpower to be working on animals, but he sure as hell doesn’t belong in Congress.