Members of Congress Have the Right to be Crazy

Elected officials, including members of Congress, are chosen by voters. They can be crazy, bigoted, or otherwise horrible people as long as they don't commit actual crimes.

Rep. Hank Johnson, the mentor of Jon Ossoff, who gave the left-wing brat his start in politics, once claimed that Guam might tip over if too many Marines were stationed there. 

No one is calling for his removal.

(His predecessor, Green Party presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney issued a long stream of insane antisemitic conspiracy theories. No one removed her.)

And then there were world champions like the former Rep. Jim Traficant. After a long history of insane behavior, Traficant was only expelled after being convicted of actual crimes, or Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who seems unaware of who won the Vietnam War, that we never landed men on Mars, or which century slavery ended.

Voters elected these people and voters remove them. Democrats keep talking about democracy. That's how it works.

Members of Congress aren't removed over bigotry. If they were, Rep. Ilhan Omar would be first on the list. Nor are they removed for believing crazy things. A large number of Americans believe crazy things. Not believing crazy things is not a qualifier for either voting or running for office.

If it were, Democrats would have trouble either voting or getting elected. 

The current Democrat push to do remove legislators they don't like is another in a series of attacks on representative government. A representative government isn't ideal. It can and does lead to people who are objectively unfit serving in office. But representative government is not government by permission. 

That's the whole point.


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