Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement remembering the Americans who lost their lives to perpetrators filled with hate for innocent people on September 11, 2001:
“Today we remember thousands of our countrymen and women who perished in the horrific terrorist attack on our country 19 years ago. These innocent, precious lives were ended all too soon by hate-filled, evil murderers who abide by no convention of rules, Geneva or otherwise. At this time particularly, it is imperative that we remember the re-connection the American people had during that tragedy with our first responders including law enforcement as well as our military, when we witnessed countless acts of heroism and courage. Many gave their lives saving others on a scale never before seen.
We should not forget and allow a small, well-funded group of Marxists to now dishonor and tarnish the memories we had of such grand American heroes. We must not allow any improper actions by a few destroy the grand, gallant and self-sacrificing legacy of the many.
Please remember to take a moment today to say a prayer for the families, friends and loved ones who lost mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, spouses, neighbors and dear friends in the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C., and in the plane crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Evil men consumed with hate attempted to destroy this nation on that fateful day, and other evil men have not given up on that goal. However, we came together as Americans, not hyphenated Americans, on that next day, and we need to do that again for the good and light we bring to the world when we do. It is my prayer that we will stand united together once again and harken back to the ideals on which this country was established, and deny the forces that want to destroy the greatest free country that has ever existed.”
Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the Democrats’ latest election conspiracy theory about President Trump and the USPS:
“Since the Russia-collusion hoax failed spectacularly, Democrats have unleashed their latest conspiracy about President Trump and the U.S. Postal Service in a brazen attempt to spread chaos and fear across the country ahead of November 3rd. It is important to note that over 12,000 USPS mailboxes ‘disappeared’ during the Obama Administration without any faux outrage emanating from Democrats. The Obama Administration’s USPS actually did that in part because of the steep decline in mail thanks to the rise of the internet.
On June 16 of THIS year, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy took over for the Postmaster General who was appointed during the Obama Administration. Those claiming the Post Office cannot handle the volume of election mail do not realize that, on average, the Postal Service handled 471 million pieces of mail every day last year and the 2020 election mail would represent a minor increase in volume which they are fully capable of managing. It certainly appears that the USPS, under new Postmaster General DeJoy’s leadership, is doing everything it can to work with states to ensure vote-by-mail will be successful.
Unfortunately, no matter how well the USPS performs, when liberal voting states or counties send out thousands of ballots to addresses that are no longer valid or send them to dead people and those who are ineligible to vote, the prospects of voter fraud looms large in this election. Mail-in ballots are more susceptible to being stolen or forged and are also more likely to be rejected than in-person votes. In fact, Fox News reported that during the 2008 election of Barack Obama, about one-fourth of military mail-in ballots were lost.
Democrats are using the coronavirus crisis as a means to demand universal mail-in ballots—which are different than absentee ballots—and would be disastrous for the integrity of the 2020 election. I agree with Dr. Fauci that there is ‘no reason’ Americans cannot vote at their local polling places as long as they follow proper coronavirus prevention protocols. The bottom line is, if you can protest, riot, and loot in person, you can vote in person.”
After recovering from his COVID-19 diagnosis, U.S Rep. Louie Gohmert, of Tyler, donated his blood plasma, which can be used to treat people still fighting the virus.
Carter BloodCare announced Wednesday that Gohmert donated the plasma at its blood donation center in Tyler.
Gohmert tested positive for COVID-19 on July 29 during a pre-screen at the White House. After testing positive with a rapid test, Gohmert then retested using a nasal swab that came back positive for COVID-19 as well.
He said he had mild symptoms and has recovered.
Plasma from people who have recently recovered from COVID-19 is being used to treat the patients with an active virus case, according to Carter BloodCare.
Because of this, I introduced a privileged resolution in the House calling upon Congress to acknowledge the indecorous history of the Democratic Party. I asked that the Speaker of the House be instructed to ban any political organization or political party that ever publicly supported slavery or the Confederate States of America.
Since George Floyd’s tragic killing on May 25, the left which includes their “mainstream” Democrats, have resurrected their push to rid our nation of any entities, symbols, or reminders of the repugnant aspects of America’s past. Statues of American leaders have been torn down, defaced, and destroyed regardless of whether they were a party to improprieties or fought against them. The liberal mob is out in full force demanding that schools, sports teams, music artists, military installations, and even food products change their names if they have the slightest reference to any persons or events deemed unacceptable and offensive to the groupthink of the Marxist left.
Democrats argue that they are compelled to take these extreme actions because of “systemic racism” in America, all while conveniently pinning blame on Republicans and conservatives. This revisionist history tells a story that simply has no basis in historical fact. Their efforts are a veiled attempt to erase the Democratic Party’s own culpability, which for decades, if not centuries, was the ardent political advocate for discrimination and racism in our nation.
For instance, when Republicans overwhelmingly supported the 14th and 15th Amendments, which recognized former slaves as citizens and granted them, as citizens, the right to vote, every single Democrat in Congress voted against their passage and, at times, blocked passage to the shame of the good done in our country’s history.
Further, as Bruce Bartlett points out in his book, Wrong on Race: The Democratic Party’s Buried Past, for a century after Reconstruction, “The Jim Crow laws were enacted by Democrat legislatures and signed into law by Democrat governors. It could not have been otherwise, since there were virtually no Republicans in positions of authority in state governments in the South after the end of Reconstruction in 1877.”
However, Democrats’ support for slavery and its subsequent support for institutionalized racism did not end in the 1800s. Elected in 1912, Democratic President Woodrow Wilson enacted policies to segregate the federal government. In a letter to editor Howard Bridgman who criticized President Wilson in his publication for his support of segregation, Democrat Wilson voiced support for his administration’s enactment of segregationist policies, stating, “I do approve of the segregation that is being attempted in several of the departments.” He went on to argue that segregation was “distinctly to the advantage” of blacks, which is, of course, an absurd claim steeped in blatant racism. When his administration began requiring that photographs be submitted with each employment application, which was used to discriminate against minority applicants, President Wilson, to whom many current Democrats either point with pride or say nothing, did nothing.
Nearly fifty years later, when Republicans steadfastly supported the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Democrats filibustered the bill for 75 calendar days. Republicans in Congress expended great effort to protect the basic rights promised to minorities in America by our nation’s founders. During his 14-hour speech filibustering the Civil Rights Act, Democratic Senator Robert Byrd (a known KKK recruiter) proclaimed, “Men are not created equal today, and they were not created equal in 1776. Men and races of men differ in appearance, ways, physical power, mental capacity, creativity, and vision.” This morally bankrupt view is what Democrats held for a majority of the Party’s history. That historically Democrat view is a total corruption of the Biblical view the Republican Party held, that although we may look different, we are absolutely equal in the view of our “Creator,” or “the Almighty” as Republican President Lincoln liked to say.
On June 18th of this year, Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered the removal of portraits from the Capitol building honoring four previous Speakers of the House—all of whom were Democrats. That was a good start on the job that she should now finish if she is going to avoid blatant hypocrisy.
Throughout America’s history, Republicans have fought to repeal Jim Crow laws, desegregate schools, and promote racial equality in America. In recent years, Republicans, including President Trump, have continued this fight by working valiantly to lift Americans of all races out of poverty through pro-growth economic policies that have done more to help the plight of the impoverished than any administration. Prior to the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment rates for minorities were at record lows with employment at record highs.
Efforts by Democrats to destroy all public traces of their own history of supporting slavery, the Confederacy, and segregation in an attempt to shift blame onto Republicans must no longer go unchallenged. It is time for Democrats to play by their own rules, and accept the standards they have forced onto everyone else. They must divest themselves of their name that has denied so many the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Their recent actions demand nothing less. Instead of canceling our culture and history, it’s time to #CancelDemocrats.
Rep. Louie Gohmert represents Texas’ 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a senior member on the House Judiciary Committee. He is a former criminal court judge and former appellate court Chief Justice for the state of Texas.
Rep. Louie Gohmert released the following statement:
“As outlined in the resolution, a great portion of the history of the Democratic Party is filled with racism and hatred. Since people are demanding we rid ourselves of the entities, symbols, and reminders of the repugnant aspects of our past, then the time has come for Democrats to acknowledge their party’s loathsome and bigoted past, and consider changing their party name to something that isn’t so blatantly and offensively tied to slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination, and the Ku Klux Klan. As the country watches violent leftists burn our cities, tear down our statues and call upon every school, military base and city street to be renamed, it is important to note that past atrocities these radicals claim to be so violently offensive were largely committed by members in good standing of the Democratic Party. Whether it be supporting the most vile forms of racism or actively working against Civil Rights legislation, Democrats in this country perpetuated these abhorrent forms of discrimination and violence practically since their party’s inception. To avoid triggering innocent bystanders by the racist past of the Democratic Party, I would suggest they change their name. That is the standard to which they are holding everyone else, so the name change needs to occur.”
Co-sponsors include: Reps. Andy Biggs, Jody Hice, Randy Weber, Andy Harris.
Read the text of the resolution, here.
Congressman Gohmert (TX-01) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s push for schools to reopen safely this fall:
“The Trump Administration’s dedication to safely reopen our schools this fall puts the interests and well being of American children first. The nation-wide shutdowns likely caused millions of students to fall behind in their studies and research has found that many students could lose ‘most or all’ of what they learned during the 2019-2020 school year due to the disruption in their education. Furthermore, a recent American Enterprise Institute study found that only 1/5 of students received “rigorous” remote instruction during the lock-down this spring. American families deserve better than this. Even those at the American Academy of Pediatrics believe that ‘all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.’
“It is understandable that there may be exceptions in certain regions if there is an unmanageable surge in coronavirus cases or hospitalizations, however, it is clear the shutdown has negatively impacted our nation’s children and their education. We owe it to the American people do everything we can to safely send our kids back to school where they can thrive alongside their friends and receive the benefits of in-person learning.”
“The more than $1.5 trillion proposal rebuilds U.S. communities with infrastructure and innovation that is smarter, safer, and made to last,” House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) said in a statement prior to the final vote.
The measure was approved decisively by the House on a 233–188 vote. Three Republicans joined the majority Democrats in supporting the measure, while two Democrats voted with Republicans against the measure.
The measure includes $494 billion for surface transportation projects to fix “our crumbling roads and bridges,” as well as $130 billion to rebuild public schools in impoverished districts, $100 billion to “create or preserve 1.8 million affordable homes,” $100 billion for creating broadband access in areas that don’t now have it, $70 billion to encourage renewable energy development and use, and $25 billion for safe water.
The bill also includes $30 billion for hospitals “to increase capacity and strengthen care,” and $25 billion for the U.S. Postal Service to “modernize postal infrastructure and operations, including a zero-emissions postal vehicle fleet, processing equipment, and other goods.”
Overall, the bill is intended, according to DeFazio, to encourage “the development of wind and solar on public lands and building a workforce for offshore wind.”
But Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the ranking minority member of the Transportation Committee, called the measure “the my-way-or-the-highway” bill from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), because Democrats excluded Republicans from the bill’s creation.
As the House began debate on the measure earlier this week, Graves said that “$2 out of every $5 surface transportation dollars—that’s $200 billion—is spent on heavy-handed Green New Deal requirements,” and he predicted the measure “is going nowhere” in the Republican-led Senate.
“There’s been so much uncertainty and unpredictability created by the COVID-19 pandemic across our nation,” he said in a statement. “What our transportation businesses and workers need right now is stability, but this partisan process and seismic upheaval of our federal transportation programs robs them of that. This bill does nothing to move us forward and that is truly a shame.”
Republicans did manage to win adoption of an amendment offered in Rep. Rick Crawford’s (R-Ark.) impassioned appeal to the House to revise the measure to bar state-owned Chinese firms from competing for U.S. renewable-energy projects.
DeFazio opposed the Crawford motion because the measure already has “the strictest Buy American provisions,” he said. He also suggested Republicans were being hypocritical in offering the amendment because President Donald Trump is “cozying up to China.”
But more than three dozen House Democrats joined Republicans to support the amendment, which was adopted on a 224–193 vote tally.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Twitter after the amendment vote, “Democrats were fine with handing out taxpayer money to Chinese state-owned companies in their massive $1.5 trillion spending bill. Republicans just put a stop to that by passing this commonsense amendment.”
During the House debate, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) told The Epoch Times that because they know “it will never become law, House Democrats buried a handful of good ideas under a mountain of bad ones, turning what should have been a vital, bipartisan bill into little more than a political football.”
Rep. Ted Budd (R-N.C.) echoed Gohmert’s point of view.
“House Democrats didn’t bother to get any Republican input on this trillion-dollar wish list, and it shows,” he told The Epoch Times. “This bloated package contains increased taxpayer funding for key parts of the socialist Green New Deal, like unproven and unprofitable green technology, while increasing regulations on basic needs like the building of new roads.”
The Democratic proposal was opposed by a number of groups that normally support infrastructure measures.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials opposed the bill because, they said, “it unnecessarily turns back the clock on so many bipartisan surface transportation reforms previously agreed to by Congress.”
Also opposing the measure was the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents thousands of small long-distance commercial truck companies.
The truckers group said the bill will “destroy small trucking businesses in every corner of the country. Increasing the minimum insurance requirements … in the midst of a major economic downturn would be nothing short of disastrous.”
The Consumer Technology Association claims the measure “leaves the U.S. standing still on transportation innovation, while the rest of the world moves forward.”
This nation has never been perfect and even embraced the atrocity of slavery, but it has continued to improve, sometimes dramatically, throughout our history, and has continued to sacrifice like no other nation to liberate others in the world.
Now, however, there are those who want to destroy the only form of government that allows the kind of self-improvement we have made. Many have peacefully protested for good reason, but those who have taken the injustice sparks and fanned them into the burning our country need to answer for their crimes.
There are those who had organized, raised money from unknown sources in order to take advantage of an injustice and use it to create a new Bolshevik or Marxist revolution. That would lead us into an Orwellian, totalitarian government where God is denied, except the god of a dictatorial government.
While many of the leftist city and state leaders across our country sit on the sidelines watching our cities burn and our nation’s historical monuments and statues being destroyed by radical Marxist mobs, the time has come to take bold action in prosecuting the violent agitators who have stoked the mayhem. Innocent lives have been lost, minority businesses and livelihoods have been destroyed, and American history is being erased and rewritten in the manner of Stalin and Mao.
The enemies of self-government and friends of anarchy are purpose-driven to accumulate their own power in the chaos. These well-organized, well-funded violent fringe leaders harbor utter contempt for our country’s traditional values, particularly our belief in God, freedom, and our Constitution.
The time has come for the Department of Justice to prosecute the leaders of this national crime wave under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act for their coordinated efforts to cause destruction and chaos through all violent means at their disposal, including looting, arson, assault, vandalism, and even murder.
Our nation and our competent leaders must fulfill their primary duty to protect this nation and to ensure that swift justice is served upon all who seek to destroy these United States from within.
Rep. Louie Gohmert represents Texas’ 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives and is a senior member on the House Judiciary CommitteeRead More
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Serving his eighth term in the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert was first sworn in on January 4, 2005. He proudly represents the First District of Texas which encompasses more than 12 counties stretching nearly 120 miles down the state’s eastern border with Louisiana.
As the recipient of numerous awards such as Endowment for Middle East Truth’s “Speaker of the Truth Award” and Freedom Works’ “Freedom Fighter Award,” Louie passionately speaks in Washington on the issues he and most of us hold dearest. He is an unapologetic warrior for our most cherished freedoms which are under attack and some are even being marginalized and diminished.
He has not only been sought as a key note speaker all over the U.S., but has been and invited speaker at Oxford and Cambridge Universities in England, as well as other countries. After the Obama administration condemned the largest peaceful demonstration in the history of the world in Egypt in June of 2013 which resulted in the ouster of Pres.Morsi who was maneuvering toward a dictatorship, some American leaders demanded the Muslim Brotherhood dictator be put back in office where he had seized so much power, but Louie became the first and most public elected US official to commend the Egyptians and making him an Egyptian populist hero, earning an award from the Chamber of Commerce in Cairo.
He is a staunch advocate for the U.S. being the best friend Israel could have in the world as an acknowledged friend of Prime Minister Netanyahu.
He is a tireless advocate on the House Floor, all over east Texas and the nation, as well as in the national and international media on many critical issues. These include not only the necessity to fight terrorism from its most prominent source, radical Islam, but also promoting the preservation of U.S. Constitutional authority, freedoms of religion and speech, state’s rights, 2nd amendment rights, and all those rights most of us hold dearest.
Louie is a bold defender of America’s founding principles and is constantly coming up with big, innovative ideas solidly based on conservative principles and the ideals that has served as this nation’s bedrock since birth.
Congressman Gohmert serves on the House Judiciary Committee playing a vital role on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, as well as, the Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee. He is also a member of the House Natural Resources Committee serving on the National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands Subcommittee and is honored to have the title of Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
Prior to being elected to serve in Congress, Louie was elected to three terms as District Judge in Smith County, Texas. During his tenure on the bench, he gained national and international attention for some of his innovative rulings. He was later appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry to complete a term as the Chief Justice of the 12th Court of Appeals.
Louie received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University where he acquired a four year active duty commitment to the Army from an Army scholarship, and where he was Brigade Commander in the Corps while also serving as Class President for both Corps and Civilian students. He later graduated from Baylor School of Law where he was also Class President, President of the Moot Court Society, and won a number of awards including an award for his Law Review Article on torts. He is also a veteran having served his country as a Captain in the U.S. Army.
He and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of three daughters. Their family attends Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler, where Louie has served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He now frequently speaks or preaches at churches throughout his district and around the country.
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