Louie Gohmert: I Could Only Get Elected Speaker In 'A Time Of All-Out War'

Back in January, Rep. Louie Gohmert spoke at a Tea Party Patriots gathering in Houston, fresh from his failed attempt to dislodge Speaker Boehner’s successful re-election bid.

Gohmert, who received three votes in the speaker’s race, told the crowd that the only way he would ever be elected speaker of the House is if the U.S. is in a time of war and everyone realizes that he has been right on the issues all along.

“As a student of history, and I still am a student history,” he said, “the only way a guy like me could ever get elected to be speaker would be is if we were during a time of all-out war and people had figured, ‘Wow, Louie’s been right all along and maybe we should give him a chance.’ That’s the only — we’re not going to elect me in a time of undeclared war and I know that and I understood that.”

Ted Cruz State Co-Chair Ready To Stave Off Obama's Invasion Of South Carolina

South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright has landed a spot as one of three state co-chairs of Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign, The State newspaper reports. It’s hardly surprising that Cruz is attracting the support of the far-right flank of his party, but it’s interesting that he’s willing to be associated with Bright’s extremism.

Bright, who came in second in the Republican primary against Sen. Lindsey Graham last year, spent the campaign sharing far-right conspiracy theories, pushing “nullification” measures, and making thinly veiled allusions to his nostalgia for the Confederacy.

In a speech in 2013, he assured his audience that in the event of an anti-Obama revolution, South Carolina’s soldiers would turn against the president. “I’ve talked to plenty of soldiers, and these soldiers don’t much like what’s going on with Obama,” he said. “I mean, these are our troops, these are our family members, and I just don’t think he’ll have federal troops coming down here to South Carolina.”

In another 2013 speech, Bright lamented that it was under Abraham Lincoln that “government started becoming God and taking over this country,” declaring that he was ready to “lay down my life” fighting Big Government.

In another campaign event, Bright pushed undisguised “welfare queen” myths, deriding people who get food assistance even though “they’ve got the nicest nails and the nicest pocketbook and they get the nicest car” and never “turn around and say thank you.”

Bright isn’t just talk: In the state legislature, he has sponsored a bill to “nullify” the Affordable Care Act in South Carolina and a resolution affirming South Carolina’s “sovereignty,” along with various extreme anti-choice measures. He tried to oust the trustees of a state university when it hosted a play featuring a lesbian character and, as TPM notes, suggested impeaching a federal judge who ruled for marriage equality.

Glenn Beck Wants Ted Cruz's 'Velvet Hand' In Control When America Descends Into Martial Law

On his radio broadcast this morning, Glenn Beck continued his incoherent attempt to explain away his comment from yesterday that he was not sure that Ted Cruz would be able to govern if he were elected president, claiming now that what he was saying is that only President Ted Cruz will be able to save America when it inevitably descends into martial law sometime in the next eight years.

"The world is about to change," Beck stated. "Mark my words, this next presidency, we will see martial law ... In this next presidency, we will see martial law, either regionally or across the entire country, I don't know. But you will see martial law because there's going to be a breakdown of the system."

"Now there is two ways that this goes," he continued. "Either the system breaks down and we go into martial law, the government closes the banks, we do what we did in the Great Depression and there are riots on the street and so we have to have martial law and it's a complete crackdown and you never get your freedoms back. Or we're better people and we do what Americans have always done and that is unite in times of crisis. I don't which way it's going to go."

Saying that it is important to have a "constitutionalist" in power when this societal breakdown comes, Beck said, "I want Ted Cruz because I believe we are going to face tough times and we may go into martial law and I want somebody that will take that and with a velvet hand, put uprisings down if we have them and then let the hand off and restore our freedoms again":

Savage: Obama Will Arm The Crips And Bloods In the Coming Race War

Yesterday on “InfoWars,” Alex Jones invited conservative talk show host Michael Savage to discuss his new novel “Countdown to Mecca,” but not before Jones asked Savage about President Obama’s plot to destroy America.

“What’s the score right now: patriots vs. the French Revolution crazies?” Jones asked. Savage had bad news to report: “The guillotines are ready, the guillotines are ready and they are greasing the blades. How much more successful can they be? Internment camps? I mean, what is next with this group of maniacs?”

Savage told Jones that the Obama administration is trying to purge the military of leaders “who could have led a movement against an illegitimate government” in order to weaken resistance to his socialist plans. “One general after the other was purged like Stalin purged them, only instead of shooting them first they smeared the generals,” he said.

The two agreed that Obama is now degrading the police by stoking a race war in which he will “deputize” gang members affiliated with the Crips and the Bloods. Savage told Jones:

Remember my last book, ‘Stop the Coming Civil War’? Guess what, it started. Has there been a civil war? Yea, it’s a slow burning civil war. What do you think we are looking at here? It’s a race war. These are their shock troops, they don’t have the brown shirts yet, they don’t have the armbands, but soon Obama could deputize them. Isn’t that a natural army for him? Take the Crips and the Bloods, give them a green uniform and give them a weapon and they’ll keep order in the streets. Won’t they?

Later in the program, Savage said that Obama has “got the gangs on the streets on his side” and “he’s got them armed.”

“You’re going to see more race war right up until the Labor Day of 2016 for an obvious reason,” he said, alluding to the next election. He claimed that Obama won’t declare martial law or force people into internment camps just yet because “they’re going to take the street garbage and they’re going to take the illegal immigrants and they’re going to warp the entire election.”

“He’s performing along the lines of any other petty dictator,” Savage said. “He is Al Sharpton with a smoother act.”

Alan Keyes: Gay Marriage, Like Climate Change, Will Destroy Humanity

Speaking at a press conference organized by anti-gay activists Cliff Kincaid and Peter LaBarbera in advance of Supreme Court marriage equality arguments last month, Alan Keyes appealed to people who are worried about climate change, saying that such people should join him in opposing gay marriage because it also threatens to destroy humanity.

He explained that “if we all woke up tomorrow morning and decided that our sexual preference is homosexual” and “we shall have nothing to do with the opposite sex,” then we would turn to scientists to meddle with DNA in an effort to carry on the species, which would ultimately lead to human extinction.

“Our friends in the ‘global climatological change movement’ or whatever they’re calling it these days” should oppose gay rights, he said, because “they want us to understand that there’s a common good, not just of all humanity but of all creation and if we do something to damage all creation, we’ve done something that’s just intolerable.”

Mike Huckabee: The 'Nice' Conservative Conspiracy Theorist

Mike Huckabee, who is announcing his campaign for the presidency today, has crafted an image of a nice, folksy “conservative who is not mad at anybody.” However, this image betrays the reality that the Republican leader has made a career of mean-spirited rhetoric and a propensity for conspiracy theories.

While he has gained national attention for his personal attacks on celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles and Natalie Portman, Huckabee has spent years launching harsh attacks on the gay community while playing into right-wing fears about Obama’s upbringing and purported creation of a tyrannical government.

Hostility to Gay Rights

Huckabee’s folksy charm may not sway many gay rights supporters, as the former Arkansas governor has called for themandatory quarantining of people with HIV/AIDS, defended ex-gay therapy and pledged to restore Don’t Ask Don’t Tell if elected president. Such remarks aren’t surprising, as Huckabee has also compared gays to Nazi propagandistsalcoholics and people who have sex with sheep. Most recently, he linked the purported danger of gay rights in the U.S. to the threat posed by the terrorist group ISIS. He has warned that same-sex marriage is a “perversion” that will lead to divine punishment and the end of America.

Opposition to gay rights has become such an emphasis in Huckabee’s political career that he threatened to leave the GOP because party leaders “abdicated” on the issue of gay marriage.

Despite all of this, Huckabee says that he and other conservatives are the real victims of the gay rights debate. He has accused gay rights advocates of trying to shut down churches and “criminalize Christianity,” even leveling the bogus charge that pastors can be prosecuted for refusing to officiate at a same-sex couple’s wedding.

Huckabee even recommended that people refuse to join the military until after Obama leaves office because of the president’s support for gay rights, which he says amounts to anti-Christian discrimination.

Obama Conspiracy Theories

Huckabee has leveled vicious attacks at Obama by bringing up his childhood, particularly the time he lived with his mother and stepfather in Indonesia, to suggest that the president is not a real American and not a Christian. Huckabee sparked controversy after he twice told conservative pundit Steve Malzberg that Obama grew up in Kenya, where his Kenyan father — whom the president met only once — and his grandfather — whom he never met — turned him against Western countries like Great Britain.

Huckabee said that it was merely a slip of the tongue, lashing out at journalists for refusing to read “page 183” of his book where he clearly stated Obama grew up partly in Indonesia. However, the mythical “page 183” does not talk about Indonesia (in fact, nowhere in Huckabee’s book is the country mentioned.)

In an interview with far-right talk show host Bryan Fischer, Huckabee said that he agreed with Fischer’s point that Obama’s childhood instilled in him “anti-Americanism.” Huckabee added: “The point was that they felt like that due to Obama’s father and grandfather it could be that his version and view of the Mau Mau Revolution was very different than most of the people who perhaps would grow up in the United States…. Most of us grew up going to Boy Scout meetings and, you know, our communities were filled with Rotary Clubs, not madrassas.”

Huckabee has also pushed the conspiracy theory that Obama may have identified as a foreign student in college and said that the president’s administration is giving “special rights and privileges ” to Muslim-Americans.


The Obama administration, Huckabee believes, has created an oppressive government that is “stomping all over Christians” and turning them into second-class citizens.

Huckabee has specifically pointed to the contraception coverage mandate in the Affordable Care Act as a sign of tyranny and the demise of religious liberty, where women are treated as libidinous dependents of “Uncle Sugar.”

“When I go back to American history, that’s why the American Revolution started,” he said. “You had a government that became a tyranny and that government began to tell people what limitations of their belief could be.”

However, while serving as governor of Arkansas, Huckabee signed into law a contraception coverage mandate that had even fewer religious exemptions than those found in the Affordable Care Act.

Huckabee also charges that President Obama is “acting like God” and “has done plenty of things worthy of impeachment,” pointing to proposed new gun laws as a sign of coming Nazi-style tyranny. He has even claimed that the U.S. is just as oppressive as communist China and that the separation of church and state is transforming the country into a secular theocratic system, blaming church-state separation for school shootings.

Huckabee has made a point of urging state and local officials to defy federal law on gay marriage and said that an Arkansas judge who struck down a ballot measure banning same-sex marriage should be impeached.

“Somewhere there will be a governor who will simply say, ‘No, I’m not going to enforce that,’” he said of a possible Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality.

Huckabee has also pledged to resist such a court decision since it would violate “natural law,” warning that the judiciary is becoming a tyrannical body that sees itself as more powerful than the other branches of government and even God Himself. He even starred in a “documentary” organized by radical activist Janet Porter which warned that gay rights will outlaw religion.

Such claims will resonate with Religious Right activists, who regularly make warnings about the threats of gay rights, stoke fears of Big Government and suggest that Obama is a tyrannical leader. As Huckabee told one right-wing forum organized by Porter during his last presidential campaign, in which Porter served in a leadership role, he is not catering to the movement, but is from the movement:

Glenn Beck Incoherently Tries To Explain Away His 'Ted Cruz Can't Govern' Statement

On his radio program yesterday, Glenn Beck made a rather surprising statement when he declared that he was not sure that Ted Cruz could govern effectively if he were to be elected president. Beck made the remark during a segment in which he was just randomly assessing whether any of the potential GOP candidates could govern, seemingly based on some random criteria that only Beck understood. (He also declared that Mike Huckabee would also be unable to govern if elected president.)

It was pretty obvious that even Beck did not understand whatever it was he was trying to say at the time, and predictably, he is now lashing out at everyone else for supposedly taking his "Ted Cruz can't govern" statement out of context, complaining about it on his website:

As we were discussing the challenges for Cruz and others, I mentioned that Cruz might have a tough time putting together a coalition because of all the work the media and politicians on left and right have done vilifying him. The way I tried to poorly summarize that was to say that “I’m not sure he could govern.”

Of course, the media has jumped all over that as if Vladimir Putin just came out as anti-Russia. But, context is key here. The specific example we used to discuss what we meant by “coalitions” and to “govern” was George W. Bush’s infamous decision in the midst of bailout mania as he “abandoned free market principles to save the free market system.” Bush quite clearly built a broad coalition to govern in that instance, but I don’t consider that something to aspire to.

This is also why we talked about how Jeb Bush, Chris Christie and John Mccain would be able to “govern” even though I am not a fan of any of them. Stu caught how ridiculous the way the Cruz comment sounded immediately: “you can’t think he’s the best candidate if you don’t think he can govern.”

This is obviously true. Executing the nations “policy, actions, and affairs” as the dictionary definition reads is something I consider Ted Cruz to be quite capable of. Avoiding George W. Bush type “coalitions” is precisely why I like him.

He also complained about it on his Facebook page:

So, the media as always made this into a really big deal without context.

My question to these nitwits is this: how could I give full throated support to Ted and then not think he could govern?

I couldn't, unless

A: I am a psycho
B: I have changed my mind
C: you missed the context

The answer is C. Context matters.

I don't believe that things are going to stay the same. I believe the events that are coming are going to be so dramatic that the Republic will literally be hanging in the balance.

The country will do one of two things:

a: tear itself apart
b: come together as we always do in a crisis.

I wish I could bank on B, but I no longer know my country.

If we choose A, we will go into some sort of martial law and it will be imperative that we have a president that knows and respects the constitution and the people and will give the power back as Lincoln did.

If we choose B, then a man with vision and clear principles can and will govern.

This next president will indeed chart the course for the future and it will result in freedom unlike we have ever had due to hi tech and the constitution.

Or it will end in global an oligarchy and Russian style totalitarianism due to hi tech and the lack of a constitution.

I feel totally comfortable with Ted Cruz as the man to lead us through troubled times.

Least of all because of his father who has seen this movie before in Cuba and has raised his son for times such as this.

Please help me fight the anti ted spin and lies. If you see this story please help correct it in the comment sections and in chain emails.

Unsurprisingly, Beck's defense of himself make no sense. In the clip that we posted, Beck says that Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Rand Paul, and Jeb Bush all "could govern" while Huckabee and Cruz could not. Beck has publicly been a champion of Rubio, Walker, and Paul and has not been at all shy about voicing his deep dislike for Bush. 

If his standard for what qualifies a candidate as being able to "govern" is George W. Bush, whom Beck is now specifically citing as the sort of president that he doesn't want to see, then why are Rubio, Paul, and Walker on his list? And why is Huckabee not on that list, given that Beck thinks that Huckabee is a liar and "a very dangerous man"?

Beck's explanation is utterly incoherent, especially since his citation of George W. Bush as an example of bad governing is not what he said during the segment yesterday. Immediately following the end of the video we clipped yesterday, Beck and co-host Stu Burguiere had this exchange:

Burguiere: We can all look back now and it feels different in hindsight, but at the time, no one was more vilified than George W. Bush, who ran the country for eight years ... I mean, 'Bush is a terrorist' were sold in mainstream t-shirt stores in the mall.

Beck: And he couldn't govern at the end, he couldn't govern at the end and why he could govern; he couldn't govern at the beginning and he couldn't govern in the end. It was 9/11 that brought us all together.

Burguiere: Eh, there might be something to that, but towards the end he was governing the way that he was building coalitions towards the ends for things like, you know, removing capitalism to save it. I mean, that's the stuff he got broad consensus on.

Beck: Yes. That's the reason why Jeb Bush could govern.

It was not Beck who was initially arguing that George W. Bush was the negative standard for governing, since he explicitly asserted that Bush couldn't govern and it was Burguiere who was challenging Beck's assertion. On top of that, Beck then went on to say that Chris Christie and Rick Perry both "could govern" which is equally confusing if he was supposedly citing Bush's poor governing as the standard against which he was judging the current crop of candidates considering that Beck likes Perry and vehemently dislikes Christie.

The problem here is not that Beck's statement is being "taken out if context" but simply that there is no coherent explanation for why Beck thinks that Paul, Rubio, Walker, Bush, Perry, and Christie all "could govern" while Huckabee and Cruz could not.

And that is because Beck literally had no idea what he was talking about when he made this statement in the first place.

Right Wing Round-Up - 5/4/15

Right Wing Bonus Tracks - 5/4/15

  • The Supreme Court has rejected Liberty Counsel's appeal in its ongoing effort to strike down laws in California and New Jersey banning the use of ex-gay conversion therapy on minors.
  • Some keen insights from Robert Oscar Lopez: "Like the Puritans, The Gays have founded a city on a hill, which must shine for all the world to see. Only 'city on a hill' sounds so lame. For The Gays, it is a disco on a hill."
  • This is a not-at-all inflammatory headline for Laurie Roth's latest BarbWire column: "Will the Supreme Court Rape the Nation…Again?"
  • Tom Pauken is angry that some GOP presidential hopefuls would be willing to attend a gay wedding.
  • Finally, a dire warning from Rodney Howard-Browne: "Without divine intervention, what we call America will be gone within the next couple of years. It's that critical. The handwriting is on the wall. Only God can save us now. This is not a game. If we don't see a turn in the next two or three years, America as we know it will sink into the abyss and will be gone forever."

Flashback: Ben Carson Says It Would 'Take An Act Of God' For Him To Run For Public Office

Ben Carson, who officially launched a campaign for the presidency today, said in an interview on the End Times radio program “Trunews” in March 2013 that “it would take an act of God” for him to run for public office.

To get a gist of what “Trunews” is like, just weeks before he interviewed Carson, the program’s host, Rick Wiles, accused President Obama of having “spiritually sodomized” the nation and said the president would try to declare himself God, just as the Antichrist would.

Although Carson was modest about his political ambitions in the interview with Wiles, he did boast about his power to motivate audiences, telling the “Trunews” host that Americans in general were “discouraged” and “just waiting to die” … until they heard him speak.

Carson also told Wiles that the Greek and Spanish economic crises were a “tremendous gift from God in showing us in real time, in a relatively short period of time, what happens when you follow” the kinds of policies pushed by the Obama administration.

Carson evidentially encountered the “act of God” he was waiting for: He told the Christian Broadcasting Network last year that he felt God’s “fingers” telling him to run for office.

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