Stockman: Obama Letting in Ebola So He Can Seize Control

Rep. Steve Stockman, who seems intent on taking the title of Dumbest Congressman from his fellow Texas legislator Louis Gohmert, went on Rick Wiles’ radio show and said that he thinks Obama is deliberately letting Ebola into the country so he can seize control.

The Texas Republican lawmaker insisted that was simply just asking the question: “It’s just bizarre there’s not enough action up front and I’m wondering if that’s — I’m not saying this — but I’m wondering if that’s intentional in order to create a greater crisis to use it as a blunt force to say, well in order to solve this crisis we’re going to have to take control of the economy and individuals and so forth.”

“It’s just a strange non-response, a strange way of handling it and I think that if it does go forward and we do not control it, there may be an overreaction where the government starts taking away the rights of those that aren’t that necessarily involved or need that to happen,” he said. “I hope that’s not that case, but as you know this current government uses crisis to advance their philosophy and their agenda.”

Stockman also raised long-discredited claims about an executive order that he said could lead to the president “using emergency powers to take over control of the economy and everything.”

Remember, this is not some lowly right-wing radio talk show host (the guy he’s talking to was) or a Worldnetdaily columnist. This is a sitting member of Congress, for crying out loud.

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  • colnago80

    Hey, don’t blame Stockman. He’s too dumb to help himself. Blame the rubes who elect him to office.

  • Broken Things

    Ever since Newt Gingrich declared that “it was okay for Republicans to be mean” the right-wing kennel club has been breeding for crazier and more vicious, not to mention stupid, strains of Republican. It is still astounding to me, after all this time, that people like Stockton, Goemert, King, etc. manage to be elected to office.

  • eric

    It’s just bizarre there’s not enough action up front

    Only 3 people sick out of 315,000,000 is “not enough action”?

    “I hope that’s not that case, but as you know this current government uses crisis to advance their philosophy and their agenda.”

    I agree, if you include congrescritters in “this current government.” Choosing to go on a radio talk show in order to bring the subject up is, for example, a way of using the crises to advance your philosophy and agenda.

  • D. C. Sessions

    The Texas Republican lawmaker insisted that was simply just asking the question: “It’s just bizarre there’s not enough action up front and I’m wondering if that’s — I’m not saying this — but I’m wondering

    Ah, yes: “Just Asking Questions.” The standard wingnut pastime of JAQing off in public.

  • abb3w

    @1, colnago80:

    Hey, don’t blame Stockman. He’s too dumb to help himself. Blame the rubes who elect him to office.

    The 71% of them, anyway. There’s also room for blame in the rest of the House, for allowing him to take his seat rather than expelling him. This isn’t the first viciously stupid thing he’s said in his career.

  • Alverant

    Why doesn’t he blame the for-profit hospital that sent an infected man home? Why doesn’t he blame the Texan governor who refused the ACA that would have helped the infected get treatment? Why doesn’t he blame those Congressmen who refused to give the CDC the funds they needed after being warned about how rising expenses and inflation has left them vulnerable? Wait, I think I know the answer to the last one, it’s because if he’s not one of those Congressmen, he’s allied with the ones who are.

  • Larry

    Don’t be ridiculous! He’s letting Ebola into the country in order to take attention away from Benghazi!! And its working, people. Its working! Ebola has become the latest bright, shiny object to all the RW mouth breathers out there who already have a 15 minute attention span and they’ve forgotten all about Benghazi!!

    Well played, Barry. Well played.

  • John Pieret

    … the right-wing kennel club has been breeding for crazier and more vicious, not to mention stupid, strains of Republican. It is still astounding to me, after all this time, that people like Stockton, Goemert, King, etc. manage to be elected to office.

    As Modus would say, “what part of “representative democracy” don’t you understand?”

  • http://ahcuah.wordpress.com/ ahcuah

    This is a sitting member of Congress, for crying out loud.

    Obviously, sitting is cutting off the blood supply to his brain . . .

  • caseloweraz

    President Obama must be incompetent! Think of all the crises he’s had handed to him — Ukraine, ISIS, the surge of immigrant children, ebola, and I don’t know what else — and he still hasn’t managed to take over the country.

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

    Ah hah! It makes perfect whatever-the-opposite-of-sense-is! No wonder he’s been forcing Congress to underfund the CDC for years, even before he was president!

     

    John Pieret “As Modus would say, “what part of “representative democracy” don’t you understand?””

    “What part of ‘Of the People’ don’t you understand?”

  • raven

    Stockman is part of the problem, not the solution.

    The budgets of NIH and the CDC have been falling in real buying power terms for years.

    It’s starting to show!!!

    Just about everyone has dropped the ball big time on Ebola; Obama, the NIH, the CDC, the WHO, and especially that incompetent hospital in Dallas. About the only ones who didn’t are the docs on the ground in Africa. They were warning in March, 6 months ago that Ebola was spiraling out of control. No one listened or cared until it got too big to ignore.

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

    raven, wrong. What actually happened is that all the billions of HardworkingAmericanTaxpayerDollars that are wasted every year on Big Government like the CDC went to fat lesbians.

  • raven

    Emerging diseases have been a problem for decades. The first one I saw was swine flu in the late 1970’s. Then HIV which got away from us and ended up killing tens of millions and we may never get rid of it. Ebola, Marburg, Nipa, various flu strains, monkeypox, obscure Herpes viruses, SARS, MERS, Enterovirus D68. There is always another one coming along about every 18 months.

    We are always fighting the last war on these.

    There has been an Ebola vaccine program for over a decade. Underfunded, ignored, and just creeping along. Now they are rushing them along and they might have one ready by early next year. Lot of good that will do us. If we need it early next year, it means what we are doing now has failed.

  • Kevin Kehres

    OK…what “emergency powers”?

    According to what statute can Obama declare an emergency and take control of the economy and everything? And why isn’t the Congressman introducing legislation to overturn that particular law?

  • Ellie

    “This is a sitting member of Congress, for crying out loud.”

    Even worse, he is a member of The Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

  • gshelley

    Did he say what action he wanted? Presumably just a ban on all travel too or from places with an outbreak, but perhaps he wanted more?

  • raven

    Presumably just a ban on all travel too or from places with an outbreak, but perhaps he wanted more?

    Right now, one of those places is…Texas. His home state that he represents.

    Hmmm, well OK. I didn’t have any reason or desire to go to Texas anyway.

  • raven

    Ironically enough, one of the drivers to pay attention and stop these emerging diseases is the Theory of Evolution.

    1. We are 7 billion, about half the large animal biomass on this planet, which is well within monoculture territory. In evolutionary terms, this makes us a huge target for any pathogens on the planet. An obscure monkey virus one day can turn into a widespread human virus the next, i.e. SIV to HIV.

    2. After the jump, the second step is human species adaptation by evolution. This is one thing ID specialists are worrying about and watching. And there is some evidence that it is already happening. One scientist is seeing the viremia coming up faster and going higher in recent cases.

    Evolution happens and effects you whether you accept it or not.

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

    gshelley “Did he say what action he wanted? Presumably just a ban on all travel too or from places with an outbreak, but perhaps he wanted more?”

    He wants Obama to do something. Then he’ll blame Obama for that, too, even if the something is the thing that Stockman wanted him to do.

     

    raven “obscure monkey virus”

    Dibs on band name!

     

    “viremia”

    Dibs on album title!

  • tbp1

    I remember when W was (sort-of) president, and the right continually accused the left of “Bush Derangement Syndrome.” While even I will admit that some of the criticism was a bit over the top, I don’t remember any Democratic Congressman saying anything even remotely this paranoid and stupid. And Stockman is but one among many: think about that state rep who basically called for a military coup. Did any Democratic elected official do anything like that?

  • howardhershey

    If Ebola evolves to a form more easily spread by greater ability to survive in aerosols (it is equally likely to evolve into a less virulent form as that can also increase ability to spread) it will, in all probability, be in Africa that this evolution occurs. That is where the variants better adapted to human spread are likely to arise by chance. All the more reason to respond by stopping the epidemic in Africa as quickly as possible and developing systems for dealing with the next outbreak.

  • Pierce R. Butler

    raven @ # 14: There is always another one coming along about every 18 months.

    So Moore’s Law has switched from microprocessors to microbes?

    We have transitional organisms at last. Checkmate, creationists!