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The Attack of the Terror Babies

August 13, 2010

OK, this really has nothing to do with any of the Texas Freedom Network’s primary issues. But it does demonstrate how extreme the far right has become in America — and especially, sadly, in Texas.

One of David Barton’s favorite congressmen, Republican U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert of East Texas, is ranting again about the threat of “terror babies” — the offspring of people who allegedly come here to give birth to American citizens who can then be trained as terrorists overseas and sent back to this country when they are older to spread mayhem and destruction.

CNN host Anderson Cooper’s interview with Congressman Gohmert last night was fascinating. Cooper repeatedly asked for credible evidence of a “terror baby” plot and pointed to a former FBI official and an FBI statement saying there is none. But Congressman Gohmert offered little more than shouting and indignation over being asked to show that his scare story — which he has promoted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives — is a legitimate concern of law enforcement authorities:

“The explosions will not happen for 10 or 15 or 20 years and then you will be one of those blips. I’m not comparable to Winston Churchill, but the detractors like you are comparable to his detractors.”

You really have to see the interview for yourself here.

Congressman Gohmert is in line to become chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security should Republicans retake the U.S. House in November.


Barton + Gohmert + Politics = Crazy Time

July 12, 2010

This could be fun — in a “did they really say that?!?” kind of way. David Barton has invited Louie Gohmert, a Republican congressman from East Texas who can barely open his mouth without saying something outrageous, to be on his daily Internet radio program tomorrow (Tuesday).

As readers of TFN Insider already know, Barton is a propaganda master for the religious right not just in Texas, but also across the country. The pseudo-historian has spoken at Neo-Nazi gatherings, wants to impeach judges whose rulings are opposed by social conservatives, and argues against taxes on income, capital gains and inheritance because, he says, they violate biblical mandates.

In the race for whose arguments are the most extreme, however, Congressman Gohmert gives Barton a run for his money. Last month he warned that pregnant foreign terrorists are breeding baby terrorists in America. His support for democracy is so tenuous that earlier this year, upset that the Senate passed health care reform, he advocated for repealing the 17th Amendment, which requires the direct election of senators. Last fall Congressman Gohmert suggested that proposed legislation dealing with hate crimes would protect people engaged in sex with animals, corpses and children. His grasp of factual history is also as bad as Barton’s, arguing in June of this year that “the fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul.”

The show should be interesting, to say the least. Here’s Congressman Gohmert on terrorist babies: