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Gohmert: Texas Should Declare War on Immigrant Children

I didn’t think the right wing could get any more vicious and inhumane when it comes to those 52,000 immigrant children who have fled Latin America for our southern border. I was wrong. Louis Gohmert actually wants Texas to declare war against this “invasion.”

“Even with $3.7 billion that’s requested, there’s no way for what’s being called for is going to stop the invasion that’s occurring,” Gohmert said. “That’s why I’m hoping that my governor will utilize Article 1, Section 10, that allows a state that is being invaded — in our case more than twice as many just in recent months, more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day with a doubling of that coming en route, on their way here now under Article 1, Section 10, the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war, even exacting a tax on interstate commerce that wouldn’t normally be allowed to have or utilize, they’d be entitled in order to pay to stop the invasion.”

Article 1, Section 10 of the Constitution provides that “[n]o state shall, without the consent of Congress, . . . engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” The fact that this provision contemplates a state making “war,” however, strongly suggests that the framers were thinking about military invasions when they drafted it — not that they were concerned about an “invasion” of children.

The right loves to compare immigration (well, the immigration of brown people anyway) to an invasion because they like to make those people out to be enemies trying to destroy the country rather than desperately poor people trying to move here for a better opportunity for their families. Doing so is dehumanizing and idiotic. But fear is the only thing they can sell.

Comments

  1. D. C. Sessions says

    “Let the little children come unto me” for I have my kill-zone prepared and enough guns and ammo to cut them down in windrows.

  2. a_ray_in_dilbert_space says

    Ed: “But fear is the only thing they can sell.”

    Not true, Ed. They also have stupid in spades, and there seems to be a high demand!

  3. John Pieret says

    Uh, Louie … there was a slight difference between the D-Day invasion and the present influx of kids from the south of the border. On D-Day those guys were armed … you know, with artillery, tanks, hand grenades,big ships with guns, bombers, etc., etc. What do these kids have in the way of armarment?

  4. says

    I agree. We SHOULD declare war. It will be a short war. We will have won the most one-sided victory ever!! We will make orphans out of those children’s children!!

    But, we might need a grown-up to sign the articles of surrender…

  5. raven says

    the state of Texas would appear to have the right, not only to use whatever means, whether it’s troops, even using ships of war,

    1. What good are navy ships going to be along the Texas border? Part of the border is the Rio Grand river but it is so shallow, you can often wade across it.

    I’m not seeing submarines and aircraft carriers cruising up and down the Rio Grand.

    2. Since when did Texas acquire a navy?

    3. Who is going to pay for the Texas Defense forces? Militaries are expensive. And Texas is a low tax, low services state. Looks like Gohmert is advocating a tax increase here.

  6. says

    …more than twice as many than invaded France on D-Day…

    I don’t see what the fuss is about. The 26,000 Central American children we landed at Normandy were immediately captured and returned to Mexico.

  7. Chris J says

    Isn’t this less an “invasion” of immigrants and more… refugees? Isn’t he basically wanting to declare war on child refugees? How can a man this disgusting be elected to congress?

  8. raven says

    I’m not following Gohmert here.

    If Texas deploys its navy along it’s border with Mexico, what is to stop the children from invading through New Mexico, Arizona, and California?

    Is he going to send the Texas Navy to the Texas-New Mexico border? Good luck with that, it’s mostly desert.

  9. matty1 says

    Maybe he should pay for the Texas navy out of his own pocket and campaign funds. Yes, that’s a plan Louie – don’t spend a penny more on running for reelection till you have bought Texas at least five aircraft carriers and two nuclear submarines.

  10. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @ ^ matty1 : Texas has a navy now? Wha ..?

  11. teawithbertrand says

    @12

    Quite right. The only reporting I’ve seen saying that these kids are diseased has been of the Fox News “some people are saying” variety.

  12. D. C. Sessions says

    On D-Day, the Allies landed about 156,000 troops at Normandy.

    He’s only counting the Texans.

  13. D. C. Sessions says

    The only reporting I’ve seen saying that these kids are diseased has been of the Fox News “some people are saying” variety.

    Remember, we’re talking Gohmert here.

  14. dhall says

    Well, they do have a WWI-WWII era battleship not too far from Houston set up as a museum, the USS Texas, BB-35. She helped to escort convoys across the Atlantic in WWII and shelled Normandy prior to D-Day. Does that count as a navy?

  15. matty1 says

  16. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @ ^ Trebuchet : Okay Cheers. Yep. That should be more than a match for unarmed children anyday.

    If you’ re going to do that y’know. Which , yeah, not a nice thought.

    @11.raven : “Is he going to send the Texas Navy to the Texas-New Mexico border? Good luck with that, it’s mostly desert.”

    Well, maybe they (the Texans) could build a land navy, a battleshippy thingy that walks on legs and has lasers inits nose. Y’know like the Imperial walker things in Star Wars that Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vaders side used. Umm, hang on, are we the bad guys here?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToKcmnrE5oY&feature=kp

    *(Fact, fiction, meh, same diff!)

  17. matty1 says

    Well, maybe they (the Texans) could build a land navy, a battleshippy thingy that walks on legs and has lasers inits nose.

    Brilliant, yes Gohmert must stop all other activity until he has paid for one of those.

  18. cptdoom says

    The Founding Fathers couldn’t have included that clause because roads were bad and it would take days for news of an invasion – one with real weapons – to spread, right? It’s not like Rick Perry can’t tweet out “we’re being invaded” and get the attention of someone in DC.

    When I was a kid my parents – unable to have more children the old fashioned way – contemplated adopting a Vietnamese orphan. It was seen as the moral thing to do, although Saigon collapsed before they could take any definitive steps. It’s sad to see our country treat these latest victims of social unrest and war as vermin. One might think the followers of Jesus of Nazareth would be lining up to adopt these children into loving homes.

  19. teawithbertrand says

    I don’t mean to cast aspersions on anyone’s asparagus, but it seems to me that if any of these kids were sick, that’d be all the more reason to treat them with a modicum of compassion and kindness instead of clamoring to toss them back into the third world nightmare they’ve just risked their young lives to escape. One more difference between me and right wing assholes like Gohmert, I guess.

  20. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Attacking unarmed children is a bit like having skulls on your uniforms when it comes to being-a-baddy-giveaway signs ain’t it?

  21. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @25. teawithbertrand : Yes. Agreed entirely.

    Don’t these guys recall the parable of the Samaritan (which group was NOT good is what they thought back then!) and what it said about who thy neighbours are?

    @matty1 : yeah – and don’t forget the need for TIE fighters and Death stars as well!

  22. says

    Brilliant, yes Gohmert must stop all other activity until he has paid for one of those.

    Which will be promised to be “privately funded”, but will, in fact, be entirely out of tax moneys, awarded on a no-bid contract to a company owned by a high-school friend of Mr. Gohmert – with whom he remembers many happy afternoons of flushing the not-white kids’ heads down the school toilets – because, as Mr. Gohmert fierily insisted at the Year 1 (Old Style 2023) People’s Inquiry and Amnesty Board, ‘They’ were the only company making the exact AT-AT we need. That Swiss company which already had a working model deployed in the field, theirs had less than three BigGulp-compatible cupholders per brave patriotic warrior, which would have been a clearly unsustainable weakness in the Global War on Terror and Disease-Ridden Small Children Who Are Totally Threatening Our Way of Life by Their Rudeness in Existing While Brown.’

    The contract will specify the amount, which will then be exceeded by seven times, while the thing takes six times as long as forecast to build. When built, the prototype will require approximately 640 hours of downtime for each hour of walktime, and will come with only three legs, to ‘save public money’. Its ‘success’ will be used to inspire the development of the AT-ST, law-enforcement model, with which to fight the menacing War on Drugs. These will be used to provide field support to Warrant Serving Teams, or what used to be known as ‘SWAT’, and will be donated to the minions of ‘law enforcement’ by their soon-to-be colleagues, then still enrolled in the warfighting patriotic warriors profession of honourable patriotic soldiery.

    This future brought to you by Unfettered Capitalism – the best thing to hit the world of rich people since Thag picked up a mammoth ankle bone and smashed Ugg’s head for his mango and mammoth steak salad.

  23. anachronistes says

    @CaitieCat:
    Gohmert should simply send each child back across the border with an asparagus. Problem solved.

  24. Synfandel says

    Mr. Gohmert might be concerned that the arriving invaders will squat on Americans’ traditional lands, coerce them to cede their land by treaty, and then send in the cavalry to slaughter them even if they do give up their land.

    This notion would be silly, of course. No people could be that genocidally avaricious.

  25. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @27. Modusoperandi

    Chris J “How can a man this disgusting be elected to congress?”
    What part of “Of the People” don’t you understand?

    Call me naive or whatever but I expected better of “The People” than this.

  26. Michael Heath says

    John Pieret writes:

    What do these kids have in the way of armarment?

    D.C. Sessions responds:

    Disease.

    Matt Drudge is pushing the infectious disease angle relentlessly over the past several weeks.

    I see a new conservative Christian conspiracy narrative developing. Many conservative Christians, especially home-schooling parents, have become anti-vaccination (they’re not the only group). “Hordes” of disease-ridden children are crossing our southern border. Therefore this is a nefarious plan by President Obama to commit genocide against Christians.

    I’m surprised I’ve yet to see this meme promoted yet; it seems like an obvious opportunity.

  27. says

    StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! “Call me naive or whatever but I expected better of “The People” than this.”
    You’re naive.

  28. says

    Michael Heath, that would be ironic given how many Native Americans died from exposure to diseases brought here by Europeans.

    On a more serious note, this child refugee crisis is probably one of the last gasps of mass migration we will see from Central America. Mexico is practically at net zero itself, owing in part to demographic changes and a fall in the birth rate. Other Central American countries are seeing the same thing. There is not a limitless reservoir of people in the region who will attempt to come here.

  29. teawithbertrand says

    @ 24

    Good point about Jesus. Hasn’t Gohmert always been one of the most vocal “Christian Nation” blowhards? How does he reconcile his sincere adoration of the Prince of Peace with his rhetoric about mobilizing armed military forces against a bunch of frightened children? Can that much cognitive dissonance fit into one man’s head?

    You know, it’s shit like this I point to when people accuse me of being “anti-Christian”, because the only decent parts of their belief system seem to have been left on the cutting room floor a long time ago.

  30. says

    Or maybe old Jove is sending a horde of brown chillens as a biblical sign for Texas and Arizona politicians to stop being suck hateful fuck ticks?

  31. blf says

    What do these kids have in the way of armarment?

    Brown skin. And, possibly, better grasp of English.

  32. D. C. Sessions says

    How does he reconcile his sincere adoration of the Prince of Peace with his rhetoric about mobilizing armed military forces against a bunch of frightened children?

    How do you think that “peace” thing is supposed to happen if there are still Bad Guys alive? Or, as the Big Guy himself promised, “I bring you peace by the sword.”

  33. busterggi says

    This is going to be embarrassing to the military. Children are much smaller targets than they are used to. Better to just carpet bomb the camps and maybe a few nearby daycares just in case.

  34. raven says

    Can that much cognitive dissonance fit into one man’s head?

    Yes.

    On one rightwingnut site, some guy was going on about installing land mines on the border and sending in the marines. Then he started spouting bible verses.

    Most of fundie xianity is just right wing extremist politics with a few crosses stuck on for show. And the important part is the right wing politics.

    While god, jesus, and heaven might be real, they probably aren’t. But power and money are real and quite useful. So which one is really worth worshipping?

  35. Doc Bill says

    Gohmert is a real piece of work. He loves to run off his mouth, but when called on the carpet for his fantasies he tends to go berserk.

    This is a two-fer. Check out the incredibly ignorant Riddle with a topping of Gohmert. He doesn’t even begin to answer Cooper’s question, but goes right on the attack.

    Louie goes all asparagus on Anderson Cooper!

  36. John Pieret says

    this is a nefarious plan by President Obama to commit genocide against Christians.

    Isn’t everything that Obama does or doesn’t do?

  37. karmacat says

    If we could only dress them up as fetuses, the GOP would be rushing to protect them.

  38. Nick Gotts says

    Attacking unarmed children is a bit like having skulls on your uniforms when it comes to being-a-baddy-giveaway signs ain’t it? – StevoR@26

    Not so long ago, someone on this very blog was attempting to justify the killing of unarmed 16-year-old Abdulrahman_al-Awlaki by a drone strike in Yemen. Disgusting, eh?

  39. coragyps says

    Re “the People”

    Molly Ivins observed that “if the Legislature weren’t half idiots, it would not be a representative body.”

  40. says

    Seconding eoraptor@48; both terms work just fine. “Fuck Ticks” actually gives one the sense of douchenozzle Louie being a fucking parasite as well as a prick.

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