Graham Challenger Has Bizarre Ideas

I‘m sure you’ll be shocked to hear that Lee Bright, the Tea Party type challenging Sen. Lindsay Graham in the Republican primary for his Senate seat, has some ridiculously extreme ideas. And that while I’m sure he claims to revere the constitution, he clearly has no understanding of the separation of powers. Like he wants judges who rule for marriage equality to be impeached:

“Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that, being a federal judge is a pretty good gig, and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.”

So there’s another right winger who claims to love the Constitution who has no idea what it says. The founders gave federal judges lifetime appointments specifically to insulate them from such pressure. Very few judges have ever been impeached, and never because someone didn’t like the way they rule. He also claimed that in Israel, teachers carry machine guns and that’s why gun control is bad:

“You look over at Israel, and that’s an armed group of folks over there,” he said. “I mean, they are teachers with machine guns on playgrounds, because you got terrorists over there that would choose to harm children and whose teachers are there to protect them. When you’ve got folks that are armed and able to defend themselves, the threat of terrorism goes down drastically.”

In fact, Israel has much stricter gun control laws than the U.S. does and in 1995 mandated guards at the entrances to schools to protect against terrorism.

Facts, how the fuck do they work?

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  • MikeMa

    Being a congress critter is a pretty good gig too asshole. They should dock your pay and benefits every time you say something as stupid as this.

  • Sastra

    Weeeell, Sonny, out in this here wild West I reckon them “fact” thingies better be keepin’ their boots on if’n they see one of them real cowboys a comin’ fer them, if’n y’all get my meanin’ straight. We all don’t take too kindly to folks out East tellin’s us what to do and all. *Spit*

  • Michael Heath

    The Right Wing Watch link that Ed provides here has two other links to articles they previously published about Lee Bright.

    Mr. Bright argues President Obama is striving to become the king of the U.S., Bright promotes nullification and violent secessionism, and believes that if S.C. secedes – the U.S. military won’t stop them since the troops don’t like the president. Link: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/south-carolina-senate-candidate-itching-refight-civil-war

    In the other link he thinks food stamp recipients, “shouldn’t eat” yet simultaneously argues they’re actually well-off, and that getting written correspondence from the IRS is just like Nazi Germany. Link: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/graham-s-tea-party-challenger-able-bodied-food-stamp-recipients-shouldnt-eat-social-safety-n

  • Michael Heath

    Lee Bright’s Issues webpage has him promoting increased coal consumption, no surprise he’s a AGW denialist, that he’s a leader in S.C. at confronting the imagined threat of “Agenda 21” (black helicopters people!!!!), and claims to be a leader in the defense of civil rights while not mentioning his position on protecting the rights of gay people and their families. Ed’s blog post here reveals his hypocrisy on civil rights. Cite: http://www.brightforsenate.com/issues/

  • doublereed

    It’s not uncommon to see people openly carry guns in Israel. But those people are in the army, wearing army uniforms, with army guns, looking army-like.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    I owned a Graham Challenger back in the 70s. The best of British engineering, at the time. It was so beautiful, sitting at the side of the road, with the hood up, belching coolant, transmission fluid, and, on one memorable occasion, diff fluid, all over the ground. I had to get rid of it when a date complained about getting rained on, even then the roof was up. Windows, too. Plus, she didn’t like that anything placed in the trunk ended up smelling like gas.

     

    And that while I’m sure he claims to revere the constitution, he clearly has no understanding of the separation of powers.

    No, you don’t understand the Separation of Powers. Whatever wings we control override the ones we don’t. If we hold the presidency, his word is Law. If the Legislative, their’s it. The Judiciary, them. If none, then a Proposition. If the Prop fails, then Nullification, because the Law isn’t the Law if my side doesn’t control it. If that fails, then Secession or Sedition, because clearly the system our Founding Fathers created has become so corrupted by the Liberalism our Founding Fathers fought so hard to overthrow, that we have to start all over again.

     

    Facts, how the fuck do they work?

    Everybody knows someone who is willing to explode himself won’t if he knows that someone will shoot him after he does it. That’s just common sense.

     

    Michael Heath “Lee Bright…claims to be a leader in the defense of civil rights while not mentioning his position on protecting the rights of gay people and their families.”

    He doesn’t have to. The Gays already have the right to be just as heterosexual as us Normal Americans.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    For once, I wish the Dawkins-Dennett idea of having atheists call themselves “brights” had come to pass, just to see this guy contort around his own name.

  • Chiroptera

    Well, they revere the constitution that exists in their minds, not the one that governs the US in real life.

    doublereed, #5: It’s not uncommon to see people openly carry guns in Israel. But those people are in the army, wearing army uniforms, with army guns, looking army-like.

    These morons make a fetish of wearing camoflage patterned clothing, so they probably can’t tell the difference.

  • hunter

    “Well, they revere the constitution that exists in their minds, not the one that governs the US in real life.”

    They read the Constitution the same way they read the Bible — they just skip the parts they don’t like.

  • blf

    They read the Constitution the same way they read the Bible — they just skip the parts they don’t like

    …and misunderstand the parts they do like. And everyone else is wrong, and persecutes them.

  • busterggi

    “It’s not uncommon to see people openly carry guns in Israel. But those people are in the army, wearing army uniforms, with army guns, looking army-like.”

    What a second – I thought that Israelis were just ultra-fanboys of Duck Dynasty!

  • skinnercitycyclist

    And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.

    I am offended by the inhumanity, by the misogyny, homophobia, blood-thirsty war-rage of the right wing, sure enough…but it is the insipid banality of their rhetoric that creates the visceral upsurge of nausea in me.