- An Illinois Congressman, Joe Walsh, said that abortion is never necessary to save a mother’s life because a women’s life is never at risk during ANY childbirth. Risk-free childbirths must come as a shock to the 600 families that lose a loved one as a result of pregnancy or childbirth related complications each year. This comment was especially surprising, considering you would think those in office would be a little bit more careful spouting off about women issues they have no clue about after…..
- Todd Akin, a Missouri Congressman who is seeking election into the U.S. Senate, stated a couple of months ago that women had biological defenses that would somehow magically ward off pregnancy if it was a result of “legitimate rape”. (I can’t imagine how insulting that had to be to any woman who ever became pregnant as a result of a rape.) In 2008, Akin also accused doctors of performing abortions on women who weren’t even pregnant (how that could possibly be done and what purpose that would that serve?).
- A Georgia Congressman, Hank Johnson, asked a baffled Navy admiral if he had any concerns that the island of Guam would tip over and capsize due to an added troop presence on the island. Amazingly, the Navy admiral maintained a straight face answering his question.
- Another Georgia Congressman, Paul Broun, said recently that he believed the Earth is literally only 9,000 years old. More stunningly (at least to me) is that in the same speech, he called embryology bunk. Ultrasound images equal cartoons?
- Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann once suggested that there wasn’t any studies that showed carbon dioxide was a harmful gas.
- Texas Congressman Joe Barton once asked a Nobel-winning physicist to answer the “simple question” of how oil and gas get to Alaska, and gave him a whopping 6 seconds of time to answer it. Then he bragged about stumping him on Twitter because the question wasn’t answered to his satisfaction (though he actually gave him a decent explanation for the seconds he was allowed).
Is everyone that we elect that stupid? Certainly not. But when you hear things like that from people who are suppose to be leaders, you can’t help but wonder if the people we elect to Washington even have the capacity to solve the problems facing this nation.