Sheila Jackson Lee Says “Martial Law” Can Be Used to Reopen Government

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Before you get too excited, it’s clear from the context that Sheila Jackson Lee is an idiot. Well no, it’s clear from everything that Sheila Jackson Lee has said and done in the past that’s she’s an idiot.

But it’s clear from the context that she appears to have confused martial law with some sort of congressional procedure. It’s not exactly too shocking coming from a woman under the impression that we won the Vietnam War and that we landed astronauts on Mars.

“This is not an idea of anyone over another person. Republican and Democratic Senators have already voted for this clean bill that we could vote on today. We have martial law. What that means–and my colleagues know what it means–is that you can put a bill on in just minutes,” she said.

Sheila Jackson Lee, the 4th dumbest member of Congress, could mean that we could speedily pass a bill under martial law, which is another five kinds of stupid, but let’s not even open that box. Since the thrust of her convoluted illiterate speech is that the bill is ready and waiting to be passed, it’s more likely that she confused martial law with whatever expedient procedure she meant.

Or alternatively, she meant martial law.

When dealing with an idiot, it’s hard to tell if they’re stupid or maliciously stupid.

  • Demetrius Minneapolis

    What I would do is publicly ridicule the intelligence of the Texas 18th. Make it known nationwide that people who vote in an idiot such as this are also wanting in the smarts department. Same goes for Pelosi, Reid and hell, any liberal stronghold.
    They do it to us, look how they create the perception of TEA members and supporters – they dictate their reality and it needs to stop. Remember Palin, Quayle, GW…
    Enough is enough.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Perhaps Sheila Jackson is a secret member of the Congressional branch of the Cargo Cult? Here’s a piece of paper, it’s a bill, push it through, and all kinds of goodies will automatically appear and make everyone happy or at least less stressful. And for good measure, draft the House’s Sergeant-at-Arms (and he’d better be armed) to carry the bill to the White House for signature, with a Secret Service escort and a Capitol Police SWAT team to repel any Tea Party people waiting in ambush behind all those barricades. Don’t mind me. I’m just trying to imagine how Sheila Jackson’s mind works. And if she’s the 4th dumbest in Congress, who are the first three?

  • JVictor

    I’m trying to get some information from someone who really knows what’s going on. I have heard that there is provision in the US Constitution that allows states to become “sovereign nations” if the US government defaults. Can someone help me out with this line of thinking?

    • Gee

      There is no such provision under the Constitution. Under the Articles of Confederation – there was an article that could have been construe as allowing that – but the Constitution superseded that a long time ago

    • Texas Mimi

      Texas can do this as we were an independent Republic before we became a state. There are things in the 10th Amendment that deal with states’ rights, but I don’t want to give any false information as I’m not sure of what all is in there. However, I do know that Texas can secede since we were previously a Republic. I don’t know about the other states’ rights under the 10th Amendment.

  • Gee

    I truly believe that the President is attempting to provoke a revolt so that he can impose martial law.

    • defcon 4

      I was thinking the same thing. The Reichstag is smoldering, in the District of Corruption. But would the military back him? I hope not.

  • glpage

    Anyone serving in Congress or the Presidency should be required to show some level of understanding of the Constitution beyond being able to say the word and having a passing acquaintance with the concept of freedom of speech. It seems like so many folks on the left have no more knowledge of the Constitution than that.

    • BS77

      NO, all you have to do is say this : I am running as a Democrat. End of Story.

  • bob e

    i think she has earned the right to be hillary’s runnin’ mate…

  • senior74

    And she is going to be in charge of Homeland security? I guess she has the credentials being a member of the communist party. Check out “commieblaster.com for some of the rest of them along with the daily news of their activities!!!

  • Ozzy

    David Horowitz the founder of this site has stated repeatedly that we won the Vietnam war. We did. The democrats sabotaged the Vietnamese people and allowed them to be invaded by the north.

  • Douglas J. Bender

    What I want to know is, how in Heaven’s name could Sheila Jackson Lee be only the FOURTH “dumbest member of Congress”?

  • antioli

    Wouldn’t Obama like that!!
    Just think another 4 year term or maybe president for life.

  • truebearing

    Who knows what the moron meant with her latest gem, but the Democrats have used idiots before to poll test ideas…. a strategy that always has the risk of said idiot inadvertently exposing their occult intent. Joe Biden is used exclusively as a harmless idiot who blurts out things the Left is really thinking.

  • truebearing

    Yes, ridiculing the Left is a good thing, and fun.

  • JacksonPearson

    Half Brained Dim-Wit … And exactly where does “Martial Law” appear as enumerated powers within Article II, of the U.S. Constitution, or in fact, anywhere at all?

  • DixT

    This is unbelievable! Does she REALLY understand what happens under “martial law?” We should have federal laws prohibiting people like Jackson Lee of EVER holding public office!

  • tanstaafl

    It’s just crazy……….

  • truth seeker

    The House rule she references is called “martial law rule”. It has been used by both parties over the years to bring a bill to the floor and vote immediately with no delay. Took me 10 seconds to look it up.