Only in America??


Only in America??
(QuickLink from yesterday’s AlterNet Headlines)

Is this something peculiar to Uncle Sam, or can we see elements of the colourful individual described in this article in some of our … quirkier … home-grown pollies?

NOTE: The title of this post does not mean that comments are restricted to matters American …

Sam Stockman – the Texas GOPer Who’s Bringing Ted Nugent to Obama’s SOTU

At some point we’re going to have to consider Texas a failed state. There should be a limit to just how dumb your representatives can be before it runs afoul of some trigger mechanism, somewhere, after which all the people who voted for that particular moron are stripped from voting again until they satisfactorily re-complete the fourth grade—but one problem with that, I suppose, is that we’d end up with the most unstable, heavily armed group of mustachioed fourth graders to ever grace our poorly funded public schools, and nobody wants to see that.

Rep. Steve Stockman is one of those representatives. Put more simply, his reelection should be taken as a sign that certain areas of Texas are still bitter at Somalia’s success, and even more bitter that they can’t just elect outright crooks like Tom DeLay anymore. Mostly known for being a nutcase one-term Congressman back in the nineties, Stockman made a brief name for himself with Waco conspiracy theories, gun fetishism, gun fetishism about Waco conspiracy theories, and a relationship with the NRA and anti-government militias that even for the 1990’s was fairly goddamn nuts.

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Before and after that short and entirely unhinged shift in Congress, Stockman hasn’t had a political career so much as an ambitious, decades-long string of political failures punctuated by a few lucky breaks and more than a little friendly wingnut welfare (with an emphasis on molding young conservative minds via things like the Campus Leadership Program, and no, I do not know why that creeps me out as much as it does.) Still, for some reason a passel of ultraconservatives in Texas felt that it was finally time to give the obvious crazy person another shot in the big boy office, and Stockman is quickly making those Texans proud by being, well, as big a goddamn crackpot as he can manage without being hauled off for professional supervision.

Below the fold, let’s consider his absolutely insane one-month record so far:

      He was only one of a handful of House Republicans to vote against John Boehner,

boldly managing a “present” vote

      as the most spectacularly incompetent congressional coup of all time collapsed around its supposed planners.

In the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, his response was to introduce legislation repealing the gun free zones around schools, and for the same reason as the similar NRA blustering—because what we needed, according to both, was to have manymore people wandering around school zones with guns, and that would probably work out just fine.

He was abruptly cut off in a Fox News interview after comparing Barack Obama to Saddam Hussein, thus managing to rank as one of the few crackpot Republicans too nuts even for Fox News to stomach.

When Obama introduced a set of executive actions that included things like “finally appoint a permanent head of the ATF, even if that makes Republicans sad” and “government scientists should be allowed to research gun violence”, Steve Stockman threatened in an exceptionally frothing statement to impeach Obama, if necessary, in order to stop such obviously scandalous things. This may have been the first, biggest sign that Steve Stockman is in fact a bona fide moron, but he quickly surpassed even that.

That brings us to Stockman’s latest episode of Congressional Moron Theater. In response to other politicians inviting Sandy Hook first responders, children, and other figures to the State of the Union, decided to rebut the presence of those people by inviting Ted Nugent, a man whose unhinged, violent rhetoric even managed to garner a visit by the Secret Service:

Nugent in the past has threatened to kill President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer.

“I was in Chicago and I said hey Obama, you might want to suck on one of these you punk; Obama, he’s a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun,” Nugent screamed during a concert while brandishing two machine guns, “Then I was in New York and I said, ‘Hey Hillary you might want to ride one of these into the sunset you worthless bitch…. Then I was out in California and I thought, Barbara Boxer, she might want to suck on my machine gun, hey Dianne Feinstein ride one of these you worthless whore.”

You might ask which parts of that cause Steve Stockman, in his official press release about the stunt, to refer to Ted Nugent as “a patriot”. I imagine it’s those very threats, because nobody, anywhere, has any idea what the vigorously self-emasculated Nugent actually does these days aside from drunkenly threatening members of the opposition while waving guns around. My own opinion is that Steve Stockman referring to the gun fetishist and possibly-drug-addled Nugent as a “patriot” in a press release is quite possibly a worse sin than inviting him to a government function at all, but that is because my idea of “patriot”, especially in the wake of the latest in a long string of horrific mass murders, does not revolve around telling the nation’s president to “suck on my machine gun.” For Congressman Stockman, it does. (And can you imagine any other actual member of Congress, in the past, so closely aligning himself with someone who wished violence against the government? Forget rebranding the party, Karl Rove, you may have your work cut out for you convincing Americans that Republicans aren’t for outright treason, given a few more years of this. Even secession talk is considered tame, now that “Obama, he’s a piece of shit, and I told him to suck on my machine gun” is considered the high point of Republican “patriotism.”)

277 thoughts on “Only in America??

  1. Ian,

    There are many drovers wives, drovers, men and women of substance, means, trades and goodwill standing silently behind her. There are many more aware of her strength, character and vision who, while enjoying the hospitality of the squatters, accepting the empty promises of the spivs and surreptitiously spitting out the poison served up by the scribes, will stand behind her when the time comes…..and, combined, it will be enough.

    We are stronger than we realise. We can allow ourselves to be defeated, but we must be better than that!

  2. LRO
    I don’t think BK ever thought he did.

    I don’t want to buy into this any further but – and he is the boss of the Vatican city state

  3. Earlyopener,

    I’m standing at the bar, waiting for The Boss to arrive, wondering whether anyone wants a drink, feeling bored …

    As they say, Satan finds work for idle hands.

  4. fiona…you’re bored!…It’s too bloody hot to go outside to work so I thought I’d watch a bit of commercial channel tv… American “Sitcom” where it sounds like everyone is laughing except me!
    Now THAT’S bored!

  5. fiona

    i left pb i had enough of the catholic church stuff
    a lot of people here are catholics by the way
    but i am not the silent type,
    i practise my faith in my way.
    and i thought this was set up to fight the libs the tories ect
    if your bored,, put a link or something.
    my day s are never boring,
    and some of the links i find are just not what i would read

    so best we part company,

    i will do my bit out here in the real world
    send off email read the finns on twitter where i find out more in 5 minutes
    also gus, and many others who now only tweet
    tell people the good things about the labor gov.

    and pray as i do to
    mary mc for intervention,,, .

  6. OK Fiona as there are a few punters in the Sportsbar and she’s returning tomorrow what about throwing on Black Caviar’s first win?

    (I may have even tipped it to Joe6 if the clock was turned back)

  7. Denese,

    Considering that Cardinal Pell has ranged himself on the side of the Tories I consider him fair game.

    I am quite confident that you will act as you see fit – just as all of us do in our own particular ways.

  8. BB
    John Lennon for me and it’s now 30 yrs.
    How much better would the world be if he stayed around?

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