Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Disqualifier

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.

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  1. North Florida. The animals’ care is probably more profitable than that of their human guardians.

    On the other hand, Yoho seems the type to avoid using anaesthesia in his practice because animals can’t feel pain or some such.

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