Apparently Sarah Palin isn’t the only whackjob politician in Alaska. She’s in good company with Republican Congressman Don Young, who thinks Bernie and Hillary will seek to have the government control every aspect of our lives.
Really. He actually thinks that.
This cuckoo for cocoa puffs congressman told right-wing radio host Dave Stieren that if either is elected, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton will tell you “when to get up, what to eat, what you are thinking, what school you are going to go to and what you are going to believe.”
Hey, lots of my problems would be solved if either of these two actually were able to do this.
Why was Young on this bent?
Well, it seems, like a lot of us, he’s confused about who to vote for. But he’s obviously not on board for Clinton or Sanders. Or Trump or Cruz, for that matter.
He told Stieren he had supported Jeb Bush because he knew Jeb’s “old man.” Then Jebbers dropped out, so now Young prefers John Kasich. But he knows Kasich is dead in the water and has no chance of winning because he lacks “charisma” and people “don’t think anymore.”
I guess he’s not too good at that “thinking” thing either. It seems to me that since he supported Bush, he supports endless war and more U.S. economic catastrophe. But that’s just me.
So if there’s no one to vote for, what’s a nutball right-wing congressman to do?
Well, why not introduce a bit of bombast? You see, he doesn’t like Trump, but he is in every way Trump’s precursor, spewing racist comments when he gets a chance and insulting anyone who doesn’t see his narrow-minded logic.
Here’s a sampling:
“We used to hire 50 to 60 wetbacks to pick tomatoes.”
He refused to apologize, and brought up the good old days when, for people like him, racist sentiments were okay. You know, along the lines of “everybody said these things in the old days, so it’s okay.” Even though it was never okay.
“During a sit down interview with Ketchikan Public Radio this week, I used a term that was commonly used during my days growing up on a farm in Central California,” he said. “I know that this term is not used in the same way nowadays and I meant no disrespect.”
He finally apologized hours later, after the damage was done.
He also suggested that members of Congress who try to subvert war should be hanged. He tried to quote Lincoln:
“Congressmen who willfully take action during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs, and should be arrested, exiled or hanged.”
There was only one small problem with this. Lincoln never said this. Conservative scholar (there’s an oxymoron, George Will and William F. Buckley notwithstanding) J. Michael Waller did.
He also has a big boner for drilling in the arctic and is another climate change denier. According to him, environmentalists are a “self-centered bunch of waffle-stomping, Harvard-graduating, intellectual idiots.” They “are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be Americans.”
Apparently you’re not an American if you believe climate change is real and if you care about the environment. Well, I’m glad I’m not an American then.
It’s bad enough that Young is nuttier than a PayDay candy bar, but he’s also allegedly corrupt, according to Citizens For Responsibility And Ethics In Washington (CREW).
He was the subject of a lengthy FBI investigation that produced evidence showing Young allegedly inserted a $10 million earmark into a transportation bill after it passed Congress, but before reaching the president’s desk. That earmark was for a highway interchange that would benefit one of his campaign contributors.
With so many people like Young in Washington, CREW must be extremely busy.
And if anyone needs a memory jog, this video below reminds us that this is the idiot who suggested we feed homeless people to wolves in order to solve the homeless problem.
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