Texas Republican: Obama’s Using Libya To Deplete The Military So He Can Raise A Private Army

It’s time once again for a trip into the very special mind of Congressman Louie Gohmert, who spoke on the House floor last night about the Libyan situation:

It’s a bad bill. And then when you find out that the prior Congress not only passed that 2,800 page bill with all kinds of things in it, including a new president’s commissioned officer corps and non-commissioned officer corps. Do we really need that? I wondered when I read that in the bill. But then when you find out we’re being sent to Libya to use our treasure and American lives there, maybe there’s intention to so deplete the military that we’re going to need that presidential reserve officer commissioned corps and non-commissioned corps that the president can call up on a moment’s notice involuntarily, according to the Obamacare bill.

The “corps” that Gohmert refers to is the new Ready Reserve Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service, something that had been proposed back during the Bush Administration as a way to ensure that the Federal Government could organize immediate medical care in the event of a mass casualty disaster.

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Doug holds a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020.

Comments

  1. Murray says:

    The most depressing is that there are enough f-tards to get this kind of loon in Congress.

    Never forget that we have the government we diverse.

  2. Murray says:

    I meant deserve not diverse (coffee doesn’t replace sleep).

  3. Jay Dubbs says:

    I realze its Texas and all, but seriously, how does this guy keep getting re-elected?

  4. mantis says:

    Gohmert, Bachmann, Broun and other batshit insane national Republicans been beating the Obama wants a private army/Gestapo/SS drum for years. They also think he’s going to send the nation’s youth to re-education camps.

    The Republican Party has gone absolutely, 100% insane. I can’t believe any American would vote for a single one of them. They will be the death of all of us.

  5. MarkedMan says:

    The real test isn’t whether there are loons in the Republican party. Loons get elected all the time. (And yes, the fact that a district elects these loons definitely would weigh into a decision to say, open a manufacturing facility in their district.) The test is whether their ideas are embraced or repudiated by the party leaders. I think we get a resounding “FAIL” on that from the Republican side.

  6. JKB says:

    Jeez, he couldn’t be further off. The PHS ready reserve is a plot to draft all the doctors and nurses into involuntary service thus placing all control of medical care in the hands of the White House. Look, if we’re going to have good conspiracy theories, people have got to keep up and tie them to at least a few of the facts.

  7. john personna says:

    Nobody brings the crazy like Texas Republicans.

  8. reid says:

    There’s clearly something wrong with enough people in districts that elect loons like this. (Too much lead in the water? Hm, maybe this is why they’re trying to eliminate the EPA….) But surely some Democrat or even moderate Republican will use this in the next election? Did Bachmann’s opponent run ads with some of her nuttier moments?

  9. MarkedMan says:

    Bachmann keeps getting re-elected. I’m sure her constituents are well aware of her statements.

  10. reid says:

    MM: Probably true, though she’s gotten more notoriety in the last few years.

  11. James V Feragola says:

    You people remind me of the Japanese soldiers that were stationed on small islands in the pacific that had no idea the war had been over for a few years.

  12. Neil Hudelson says:

    Anyone want to interpret what James V meant?

  13. Tano says:

    not worth the time

  14. tom p says:

    Bachmann keeps getting re-elected. I’m sure her constituents are well aware of her statements.

    my sister lives in her district… not that she will admit it.

  15. Steve Verdon says:

    The Republican Party has gone absolutely, 100% insane. I can’t believe any American would vote for a single one of them. They will be the death of all of us.

    Oh please, it is just an example of Jane’s law that the party in power is smug and arrogant and the party out of power is completely insane. We saw it just a few years ago and things were reversed. Standard American politics….don’t get me wrong its not a good thing, but these prognostications of doom are just silly…especially when the party out of power gets back in power they become smug and arrogant not insane.

  16. mantis says:

    Oh please, it is just an example of Jane’s law that the party in power is smug and arrogant and the party out of power is completely insane

    Republicans were insane when they were in power. If you don’t think they’ve gone off the deep end as a political party, you’re not paying attention.