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Most of us would likely be of the opinion that Louis Gohmert is one of the dumbest people in Congress (which is echoed in Schmidt's comments above), but the latest news is that he has formed a PAC called GOH conservative PAC in order to attack his fellow Republicans
. Even the ultra conservative Personal Liberty Digest seems to agree that the new PAC is a bad idea:
According to Wikipedia, Tyler is represented in the state House of Representatives (District 6) by a man named Matt Schaefner, who lives in Tyler.
A quick review of his political positions reveals that he is just as wacky as Gohmert.
Gohmert also lives in Tyler, and is said to represent District 1 at the Federal level.
It's hard to explain why the residents of Tyler continue to elect politicians like Gohmert and Schaefner, but I suspect that it has a lot to do with religion.
Tyler is officially home to "many churches", but it's also interesting to note that two of them were destroyed by arson in 2010
Tyler is the home of many churches, including five large congregations in downtown, the Marvin United Methodist Church, Dayspring United Methodist Church, West Erwin Church of Christ, First Baptist Church, and the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Tyler is also the seat of Catholic Diocese of Tyler, which is particularly noteworthy for its St. Joseph the Worker Parish, one of the few churches in America dedicated to the exclusive use of the Traditional Latin Mass. The parish is staffed by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. The city's largest church, Green Acres Baptist Church, is located on Troup Highway in southeast Tyler. Tyler is also home to two reformed Baptist churches, Sylvania Church and Living Acts Church, both of which are located in the south Tyler area. Additionally, Tyler has two Jewish houses of prayer, Ahavath Achim, which associates itself with Conservative Judaism and Beth El which adheres to Reform Judaism. Tyler is also home to East Texas Islamic Society, established in 1988, which includes an Islamic house of worship and an Islamic school for children. There is also a Unitarian, Universalist Fellowship on Old Omen Road.
Two Tyler churches were destroyed during the 2010 East Texas church burnings.
Gohmert has served as a deacon at the Green Acres Baptist church
, and he still teaches Sunday school there.
Schaefner also attends Green Acres
, where he met his wife. In 2008, he presented his pastor, David Dykes,
as the "Pastor of the Day" at the United States House of Representatives.
Dykes is the pastor of one of the largest Baptist churches in the country. Green Acres has a total of 15,000 members, and attendance on a typical Sunday averages around 6000 people. So far, he has published 10 books, and he trains church leaders in the United States and around the world on "biblical principles of leadership".
To no one's surprise, he is also a fan of Mitt Romney.
At the national level, the Republican Party is in serious trouble, since they continue to lose support from ethnic minorities, women, gays, and young people. During the 2012 election:
Obama got 93% of the black vote, and Romney got 6%
Women favored Obama over Romney by an 11 point margin
Hispanics favored Obama over Romney 71% to 21%
Obama got 73% of the Asian vote
60% of the voters under 30 voted for Obama
Romney, of course, scored big with older white men, but there just aren't enough of those old farts left to help the Republicans at the national level.
Because there are still a lot of people like Pastor Dykes, Republicans will continue to win in local elections, which will will continue to ensure that the United States Congress will be dysfunctional for a while. At the national level, though, crazy people like Louis Gohmert will virtually guarantee that the President of the United States will be a Democrat for years to come.