Today marks the eighth year of Morialekafa. Wow! It seems like only yesterday. But Morialekafa is not the nitwittery I have in mind. We can always depend on Republicans for an endless supply of nitwittery, especially after some momentous event, but regularly in any case.
Let me begin with one of the usual suspects, Michele (McCarthy) Bachmann. You will recall at one point she suggested Congress should be investigated for anti-Americanism. That didn’t go very far. Now she has fixed her laser-like vision on Huma Abedin, a long-time aide of Hilary Clinton. Bachmann and two or three of her equally unbalanced cronies have written a letter insisting that Ms. Abedin be investigated for possible ties to Muslim terrorists. There is, of course, no supporting evidence of any kind this might be true. The only conceivable reason she might be suspected is the simple fact that she is a Muslim and comes from a Muslim family. She is also married to Anthony Weiner, a disgraced Congressman who also is an American Jew. Bachmann’s seedy attempt to place suspicion on Ms Abedin brought forth criticism from both sides of the political aisle. Even John McCain, in a moment of sanity, took some time away from his constant demands for more and bigger wars, and defended her from this scurrilous attack.
For this noble effort a leader of the Arizona Tea Party, Wes Harris, said he would try to get McCain recalled and Louie Gohmert, Republican Congressman from Texas, referred to McCain as “numbnuts” for the same reason.
Then we have Darrell Issa suggesting (seriously it is said) we should name part of the Pacific Ocean after Ronald Reagan. Perhaps that might be fine for the ocean of plastic now floating around in it.
Not to be outdone by the nitwittery of others, Jon Kyl, another Republican from Arizona, suggested President Obama should stop talking about the Middle Class because that made people feel animosity towards the wealthy, who he described as "the Michael Jordans of the United States." And besides, he added, still, apparently with his head up where the sun don't shine, both the Middle and Upper classes share the same values.
We mustn’t forget that perennial nitwit, Dinesh D’Sousa, who insists that President Obama is living out his father’s dreams of defeating colonialism, promoting the values of African tribesmen. I guess the only evidence for this interesting bit of fantasy is that Obama’s father was from Africa (and apparently left his son when he was still a very small child). I guess anti-colonialism is passed down through the genes.
D’Sousa’s absurd beliefs about Obama are downright sane when compared to those of another Republican, worse than a nitwit (probably certifiably loony), Judson Phillips. He thinks Obama should have to prove that he is not a drug addict who also engaged in Gay sex before becoming President. He has, of course, no compelling evidence for this as far as I know, except for the fact that Obama has admitted smoking pot and trying cocaine as a teenager in Hawaii (along, no doubt, with hundreds of other Hawaiian teenagers in those days).
The unfortunate and horrible mass murders in Aurora, Colorado, did not fail to bring more nitwittery. Senator Ron Johnson said that restricting gun magazines that allow someone to shoot 100 rounds in about a minute would infringe on freedom (the freedom to kill one hundred at a time, I guess). This utter nonsense was joined by Russell Pearce who blamed the victims for not having their own guns and killing the shooter (someone should have just stood up in the face of the withering fire and shot the guy, I suppose). Anyway, we mustn’t forget Mike Huckabee who blamed the massacre on “sin,” too much secularism in America. Someone else blamed it on women. Apparently the shooter, Holmes, had been on the internet attempting to attract women who it is said, all turned him down, and that may have caused him to do what he did.
Last, but not least, I should mention another of the usual suspects, Louie Gohmert of Texas. Louie can always be depended on to say something completely idiotic, he never fails. Louie believes the massacre was a result of too many attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs (someone must have once mentioned such beliefs to him and he thought it sounded important).
I don’t know how it is that Texas and Oklahoma manage to produce so many truly mindless Congresspersons year after year, but somehow they do. Governors, too, it seems. Sometimes I think they do it on purpose. They don’t like the Federal Government so they deliberately pick the dumbest people they can and send them to Washington as a kind of cruel political practical joke. I could be wrong about this, of course, but there is plenty of room for nitwittery these days.
By their own follies they perished, the fools.