Constitution only protects Americans who âcling to God and gunsâ
Louie Gohmert: Constitution only protects Americans who âcling to God and gunsâ
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 11:21 EDT
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) recently asserted that the U.S. Constitution only applied to people âwho cling to their God and their guns.â
Speaking at a rally in Iowa for Republican Senate candidate Sam Clovis on Friday, Gohmert recalled that he had initially been blamed after Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) had shouted âYou lie!â during President Barack Obamaâs State of the Union Address in 2009.
âSomebody yells âYou lie!â and the camera goes on me!â he told the crowd, adding that he âknewâ the president wasnât telling the truth about an immigration bill.
âAnd so Joe was right,â Gohmert continued. âThatâs not how a country goes forward effectively, with a leader that will play those kinds of games. You know, truth is too important.â
The Texas Republican then pointed to an 1798 John Adams quote: âOur Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.â
âIt only is fit for people who cling to their God and their guns, you know?â Gohmert offered as an interpretation to the delight of the crowd. âSo, it is deeply troubling if you get in these tough situations and you canât trust your leadership.â
The congressman added that he would never personally violate the rules of decorum in the House of Representatives, but he liked to take his criticism of the president âright up to the line.â
âWe know under the rules of the House of Representatives that our president would not lie,â he quipped. âBut whoever is putting those words in his teleprompter sure is.â
Former Council for Secular Humanism Regional Director Austin Cline has pointed out that âJohn Adams didnât write the Constitution, much less the First AmendmentâŚ Just because he might have thought that the Constitution was incompatible with a nation of secular atheists doesnât mean that anyone else necessarily has to think the same.â