Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ISBL Asshat of the Week: South Carolina's Own, Lee Bright

Lee Bright is a South Carolina state senator and he is challenging our state’s US Senator, Miss Lindsay Graham in this year’s Republican primary.

I once thought it would be good to get Graham out of Congress but not by replacing him with Bright.

See, Lee Bright met with a group of Teabaggers and told them that Congress should impeach any and all federal judges who rule in favor of marriage equality in order to intimidate other judges into doing “the right thing.”

The right thing being deny same-sex couples equality, naturally:
“Congress ought to stand up and do its job and impeach one of these federal judges. And I think when you do that, being a federal judge is a pretty good gig, and I think if you’ll impeach just one, the rest of them will do the right thing. And they’ll do it out of necessity, because self-preservation is an instinct that so many folks have.”
Bright contends that, while The Constitution grants lifetime appointments to federal judges “during good behavior” the mere act of ruling in favor of marriage equality is “bad behavior.” And Congress has impeached some judges for their bad behavior, but that behavior is mostly committing criminal acts or neglecting their job.

Bright continued to rant about, well, everything, though some of what he said was typical GOIP nonsense, like when he said, “[T]here  are institutions that can put you in a room that you can’t harm yourself but you’re not free, and I would rather take the risk and be free.”

Huh? What?

But that was apparently the preamble to the topic of gun laws, on which he said the United States ought to follow Israel’s lead and put “teachers with machine guns on playgrounds.”
"You look over at Israel, and that’s an armed group of folks over there. I mean, they are teachers with machine guns on playgrounds, because you got terrorists over there that would choose to harm children and whose teachers are there to protect them. When you’ve got folks that are armed and able to defend themselves, the threat of terrorism goes down drastically.”
Wow. What a load of sh—

There is no proof anywhere that Israeli teachers walking around playgrounds with machine guns but Bright says it to promote fear in people, to try and persuade people to his narrow-mined, gun-toting, gay-hating point-of-view.

This is enough to make Lee Bright the ISBL Asshat of the Week.


anne marie in philly said...

what a dumb asshat! how stoopid do you have to be to get elected in this country?

the dogs' mother said...

I've done playground duty from time to time in my educational career. Replacing my whistle with a machine gun... well, it *would* get their attention.

Helen Lashbrook said...

Intimidation and thuggish behaviour to make the judges produce the result you want? What happens when the other side do the same? Clearly this man with the brain of a slug (invertebrate) does not want to live in a democracy; perhaps he should move to Russia? They'd love him there.