By Don Boys, PhD:
Everyone has a right to be stupid but it seems politicians work hard to abuse the privilege.
Politicians help calm our fears as we laugh at their stupid statements but then we realize they make laws that regulate almost every facet of our lives! But we must laugh or commit ourselves to the looney farm.
Starting with the third century B.C., many Middle East kings arranged to be “deified” during their lifetimes. Of course, no one really believed that they were any different from the rest of humanity but the divine status gave them a mystique and created a respectful distance between them and their subjects. Modern politicians try to develop the same mystique to keep the common people at a safe distance. Contamination by the hoi polloi, you know.
It is obvious, after reading the statements of politicians that they are far from being deity. I wonder if some of them even register on the I.Q. scale!
Bill Clinton declared, “If we don’t succeed, we run the risk of failure.” Yep, and we survived eight years of his ruin.
Senator Dianne Feinstein, from the land of fruits and nuts, said: “All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from having firearms.” Then she added to her confusion by declaring, “When the gunman realizes that nobody else is armed, he will lay down his weapons and turn himself in….that’s just human nature.” Not the human nature I know.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, another lady from the left coast, opined on the House floor, “…The Great Depression. I don’t know what was so great about the depression, but that’s the name they give it.” Then she really displayed her brilliant thinking by saying, “Employers cutting hours is a good thing. It then gives that person time to pursue their dreams and passions.” Sure, people who don’t have money to make a house payment, purchase food, and make a car payment are thankful for many hours of free time to “pursue their dreams and passions.”
Nancy then said one of the dumbest things ever uttered by mortal tongue: “Waiting hours longer in the emergency room will allow you to make new friends.” Sure, a mother goes to ER with a screaming baby and is thrilled to develop camaraderie with other mothers with screaming babies for two or three hours!
Nancy, one of the most powerful people in government, said, “I swear this happened, never happened before, never happened since. My chair was getting crowded in and I couldn’t figure out what it was, it was like this. And then I realized Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Candy Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Alice Pall, Sojourner Truth, you name it, they were all in that chair, they were.” Nancy, get back on your meds!
Nancy said of the health care bill: ”But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of the controversy.” Well, we sure found out what was in it. We could not keep our doctor and we did not save $2,500 per year.
Nancy opined, “We should only deport illegal aliens if they do something illegal.” No comment.
More psychobabble from the left coast from Congresswoman Maxine Waters on sequestration: “Over 1,700 million jobs could be lost.” But she was off by more than 12 times since there are only about 135 million jobs in the US! Then she had thoughts on the American flag saying, “They were waving the American flag…and I thought that was outrageous behavior.” Of the 1992 Rodney King riots she said, “It was somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.”
Say what? Nonstop rioting continued until the Marines were called in to stop the rampaging when local police could not control the situation. In total, 63 people were killed during the riots, 2,383 people were injured, and more than 12,000 were arrested. And it was “somewhat understandable, if not acceptable.” But Maxine showed her real bright colors when she said, “Guess what this liberal would be all about? This liberal would be about socializing…uh, umm…Would be about, basically, taking over, and the government running all of your companies.” The color she showed was bright red.
Poor old Mad Maxine doesn’t know that she doesn’t know.
Congressman Hank Johnson said about sending so many American soldiers to the island of Guam: ”My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize.” Maybe every visitor to the island should be weighed and they should stop additional visitors when the island is in danger of tipping. What are those Democrats smoking?
Former Vice President Joe Biden said, “I am an optimist because the American people–given half a chance–have never ever, ever, ever let their country down. Even after the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.” Joe, wrong enemy.
Biden said it is “about a three letter word–j-o-b-s.” Joe, count all the fingers on one hand except your thumb. That’s f o u r.
Joe also showed that he didn’t understand math when he said, “If we do everything right, if we do it with absolute certainty, there’s still a 30% chance we’re going to get it wrong.”
He didn’t make folks from India happy when he said, “In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin’ Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I’m not joking.”
Joe mixed up our history when he said, “When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn’t just talk about the princes of greed. He said, ‘look, here’s what happened.’” Two problems: Roosevelt was not president and television sets were not available.
Vice President Al Gore declared, “A zebra does not change its spots.” Al, zebras have stripes and leopards have spots and neither one changes.
Gore, a self-proclaimed expert on global weather, said, “It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.” It seems politicians are more dangerous than pollution.
He also asserted, “We are ready for an unforeseen event that may or may not occur.” Yea, it may or may not occur.
Barack Obama added some new states to the Union when he said, ”I’ve now been in 57 states–I think one left to go.” I think he was in the state of confusion.
Obama really showed his deficiency of education at the National Prayer Breakfast when he pronounced corpsman, as corpse-man. Prayer works but it won’t fix a bad education.
Senator Ted Kennedy affirmed, “They don’t call me Tyrannosaurus Sex for nothing.” It is difficult to not say what is constantly on your mind.
Hillary Clinton said about her stand on authorizing the Iraqi war, “I was for it, before I was against it.” Remember how close she came to being President.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel said, “Chicago always has and will be a sanctuary city. You are safe here in Chicago.” Emanuel said that during the Thanksgiving weekend violence in Chicago when 51 people were shot and 6 killed.
Former Chicago mayor Richard Daley admitted, “Get this thing straight once and for all. The policeman isn’t there to create disorder. The policeman is there to preserve disorder.” Well, Chicago sure has a lot of disorder.
Former mayor Marion Barry of Washington, D.C. said, “Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.” Wow, that’s good to know.
The mayor confused yoga and yogurt when he was asked about the yoga tax: “Yogurt is more healthy than a lot of things. As is cottage cheese. The best kind of yogurt is organic, without all these fillers and stuff.” No surprise D.C. is an unmitigated mess.
Barry also asked, “What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?” Right, after all, they were elected to make the laws, weren’t they!
Then there is Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who has won the “meanest Congress member award more than once–as voted by congressional staffs! She is renowned for her utterances such as, “You don’t understand. I am a queen, and I demand to be treated like a queen.” She had better be careful since some obnoxious queens were beheaded!
She declared, “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign with pride and strength.” Sheila, Congress does not write Executive Orders for the President!
Sheila revealed that she thought man has walked on Mars when she asked, “Has the (Mars) Pathfinder succeeded in taking pictures of the American flag planted on Mars by Neil Armstrong in 1969?” Sheila, it was not Mars but the moon. You know, that big bright thing you see at night.
Sheila also uttered this gem: “Homicide is the leading cause of murder.” No doubt about it.
Constitutionally we are required to permit such drivel from politicians. George Washington declared, “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”
All right, we must put up with the non-thinking jabbering but we don’t have to like it or pretend it is the expression of a sane person. As I finished this column, I noted that all the dumb comments were made by Democrats. To be balanced and fair, I will do another column revealing dumb statements by Republicans.
Evidently, the squirrels haven’t gathered up all the nuts.
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