Sadly, it doesn't surprise me how messed up things are in Washington. More sadly still, I simply don't expect much from our "leaders" anymore. Not from the legislators. Not from the president. And not even from the courts. What still surprises me, however, is how voters - We The People - continue to send morons to Washington to make the rules and lead the teams. Consider, if you will, Congressman Louie Gohmert, a representative from Texas. Gohmert is a card-carrying ignoramus who continues to get elected by the people of the Republic of Texas wholly and solely because he continues to support their views on gun-control and reproductive rights. Anything else he says or does is excused just as long as he keeps toeing the Tea Party-NRA-Right-to-Life line. This is somewhat sad since so much of what Gohmert says and does simply diminishes the seriousness of discussion on serious topics. Allow me offer a few examples. Rep. Gohmert was a leader of the birther movement which tried, and still tries to prove President Obama is in some way, shape, or form a foreign national. Gohmert has claimed from the House floor that Jesus hates taxes. He has argued that the American Jobs Act is nothing more than an attack on the institution of marriage. He has publicly warned that any consideration of foreign aid or cooperation with China will result in good Americans having to eat dog meat. What should be worse for the electorate in Texas is the fact that aside from making stunningly stupid statements, Gohmert has done absolutely nothing in the House. Any bill he has proposed is either ignored or simply is dropped for lack of any support. He sits on House committees in which other members - from his own party - actually laugh out loud at what he says. He is simply taking up space, and the people of Texas are OK with that. They are accepting of him at home just as they are appreciative of him in Washington. Some time ago, during a speech to the Longview, Texas Chamber of Commerce, Gohmert got people riled up by claiming that terrorists who he classified as "radical Islamists" were sneaking across the Texas-Mexico border disguised as Mexicans. And they believed him!!! Not too long ago, Gohmert argued against hate crime legislation suggesting that if hate could be applied to a crime carried out by a person of one race against another, than in fact it also could be a crime to "hate" bestiality or necrophila. "If you're oriented toward animals, bestiality, then, you know, that's not something that can be used, held against you or any bias be held against you for that," he said. "Which means you'd have to strike any laws against bestiality, if you're oriented toward corpses, toward children, you know, there are all kinds of perversions, pedophiles or necrophiliacs or what most would say is perverse sexual orientations but the trouble is, we made amendments to eliminate pedophiles from being included in the definition. "But people have always been willing to give up their liberties, their freedoms in order to gain economic stability. It happened in 1920 and 1930's. Germany gave up their liberties to gain economic stability and they got a little guy with a mustache, who was the ultimate hate monger. "And this is scary stuff we're doing here when we take away what has traditionally been an important aspect of moral teaching in America." Now ... if you can follow that train of thought, you obviously are a better person than I. Most recently, Gohmert, much to the glee of too many supporters, criticized federal judges who have ruled in opposition to bans on same-sex marriage legislation. "They need some basic plumbing lessons," he told those attending a session at the Heritage Conversations with Conservatives gathering. How disappointing. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, any normal human being in even a reasonably enlightened world discussing the issue of same-sex marriage knows, (or should know), from the get-go that it isn't about "the plumbing." It just isn't. For people on both sides of the discussion - detractors or supporters of same-sex marriage - there are a lot of reasons to take a stand one way or the other. You can be pro or con. But it has nothing to do with "the plumbing." Whether you agree or not; whether you believe same-sex marriage is a moral issue or not; whether you think it is a religious issue or not; whether the same-sex marriage issue is one involving emotion, compatibility, choice, or anything else; the one issue same-sex marriage IS NOT is the "plumbing." Considerate, loving, even moderately spiritual "straight" couples don't get married just because of the "plumbing" any more than do gay couples. Hopefully there is something called love involved as well. Sigh. God bless the people of Texas, and the voters of this nation for that matter. They'll just keep sending people like Louie Gohmert to Washington to both represent us here at home, and to create an ever clearer and more impressive name for the United States around the globe.