Sunday, November 14, 2010

Profiles In Stupidity: Rep. John Shimkus

By Manifesto Joe

This will be the first in a series of "profiles" of the kind of cretins who are going to presume to govern the American people, who voted them into the U.S. House of Representatives by lopsided margins.

John Shimkus, modern bearer of the holy covenant

Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., is seeking the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. He reportedly said Wednesday that a promise that God gave to Noah about 6,000 years ago keeps him from worrying about global warming. "I do believe in the Bible as the final word of God," Shimkus told Politico. "And I do believe that God said the Earth would not be destroyed by a flood." He's competing against three other Republicans for the top spot on the energy committee, and Politico predicts that even if he doesn't win the chairmanship, he'll at least be named chairman of a subcommittee. Salon's Andrew Leonard wrote, "I'm glad that John Shimkus can sleep at night, faithful that that God's word is 'infallible, unchanging, perfect,' But for those of us who are less confident in humanity's ability to keep from massively screwing up, the thought that the Bible will be determining government energy policy is massively ulcer-inducing."

Here's a link to the original Politico story.

I'm happy for anyone who has so much faith in the deity -- whatever gets you through the night. But to have them shaping energy policy ...?

Even if there's no guarantee of a tomorrow, it's wise to go on behaving as if there is indeed going to be one. Such wisdom seems lost on many high-ranking Republicans these days.

Courtesy of Wikipedia, here's more on Mr. Shimkus:

2007 Comments on Iraq War
In May 2007, Shimkus was ridiculed on many blogs for comparing the war in Iraq, during a speech on the floor of the House, to a baseball game between "my beloved St. Louis Cardinals" and "the much despised Chicago Cubs."[5]

2009 Speech Walkout
On September 9, 2009, Shimkus was criticized for walking out while President Barack Obama was delivering a speech to a joint session of the House and Senate. When asked why he walked out, Shimkus' spokesperson noted that the congressman was frustrated by the tone of the speech. Shimkus' actions were overshadowed by an earlier outburst, during the same speech, when Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) yelled "you lie" at the President. [6][7][8]

Here's a link to the entire Wikipedia biography. By the way, he's a West Point graduate.

Gives you even more confidence in our military officers, doesn't it?

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Shimkus washed out of the Army. His OER's were at the bottom. One of the reviewers opined that "OCS drop-outs showed more promise as lieutenants than he".