Capitol Hill’s Most Unhinged Republicans

Fools on the Hill: A scorecard.

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MEMBERS OF
CONGRESS

Health Care Obama Hysteria Flirting with Birthers Red Baiting Nazi Baiting Climate Cluelessness Writing Dumb Bills

IN HIS/HER OWN WORDS

Rep. John Shimkus
(Illinois)

X         X  

“If we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?…All our good intentions could be for vain.”

Rep. Joe Barton
(Texas)

X         X X

“Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to [wind] energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up?…It’s just something to think about.”

Rep. Bill Posey
(Florida)

    X     X X

“I could easily fill up a page listing all the activities an American needs to show their ID for…everything from playing youth soccer to getting a driver’s license, buying cigarettes and alcohol, to opening bank accounts and even playing Little League.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley
(Iowa)

X     X      

“You have every right to fear…We should not have a government program that determines if you’re going to pull the plug on Grandma.”

Rep. Trent Franks
(Arizona)

X X X X  
 

“Barack Obama could solve this problem and make the birthers, you know, back off by simply showing us his long-form birth certificate…There’s some other issue, I don’t know what it is, that he doesn’t want people to see the birth certificate on.”

Sen. James Inhofe
(Oklahoma)

X X X     X  

“President Obama is obsessed with turning terrorists loose in America…Those of you who think like I do hope this country can hang on another 16 months.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert
(Texas)

X X X X X X X

“I would hate to think that among five women, one of ’em is gonna die because we go to socialized care.”

Rep. Paul Broun
(Georgia)

X X   X X X X

“You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing [Obama] to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential of going down that road.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann
(Minnesota)

X X X X
X X

“What we have to do today is make a covenant, to slit our wrists, be blood brothers on this thing [health care]…We are looking at reaching down the throat and ripping the guts out of freedom. And we may never be able to restore it if we don’t man up.”

Rep. Steve King
(Iowa)

X X X X X X X

“American patriotism is not imprinted on [Obama’s] mind or in his heart, because he wasn’t raised as an American.”

 

 

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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