Postscript to My Recent Post on Rep. Louie Gohmert
This is a postscript to my post “And Here I Thought That Louie Gohmert Was the Most Ridiculous Congressman from Texas” [http://academeblog.org/2013/06/20/and-here-i-thought-that-louie-gohmert-was-the-most-ridiculous-congressman-from-texas/].
One of the few bills to receive overwhelming bipartisan support over the past three years has been one that eliminated the use of the word “lunatic” in all federal legislation.
Paralleling the 2010 bill that eliminated the use of the word “retarded,” the bill was supported by a broad spectrum of mental-health professional organizations, who argued that the term has become not just meaningless but offensively so in an age that seeks to treat mental illnesses in more much more nuanced and sympathetic ways.
The bill passed the U.S. Senate unanimously, and then it passed 398-1 in the U.S. House.
The lone negative vote was cast by Louie Gohmert, who explained his vote in the following way:
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