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Republican congressman: Congress is full of chuckleheads

August 3, 2012 - Andrea Johnson
Here's a politician I can get behind.

"What's wrong with these chuckleheads?" says Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio, about his fellow Congressmen.

The Associated Press reports today that LaTourette is retiring in disgust because Congress is so partisan he thinks no one can get anything done. According to the AP, LaTourette says "red districts are turning redder and the blue districts are turning bluer" and that's why no reasonable person can get re-elected.

This may not be anything new. To quote Mark Twain, who has been dead for more than a century: "Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself." Taking potshots at Congress has always been easy, even for people who are members of Congress, but it does seem to me like they haven't been getting much done of late.

I've never had a lot of use for fanatics of any persuasion. They're dangerous, besides being boring after awhile. People who are completely incapable of seeing an issue from more than one side aren't people I trust to make decisions that affect my life. Seeing more than one point of view doesn't mean that they have to agree with all sides, since someone who can't form a definite opinion has a sieve for a brain, but it does allow him to make more nuanced decisions and more compassionate ones.

Perhaps more of our esteemed leaders should be listening to LaTourette's words of wisdom.


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