Missteps of a Texas Congresswoman … and Others

Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) sometimes gets a little carried away on the floor of the House of Representatives. This past Wednesday, as she took to the floor during a debate over a Republican-sponsored bill, she declared

… how well it is that we have lasted some 400 years operating under a Constitution that clearly defines what is constitutional and what is not.

Oops. The Constitution was framed in 1787 and ratified the following year. Note that the folks at Fox declared, “The Constitution was adopted in 1787.” Not so … and it’s never a good idea to chide someone about their ignorance of history while exposing your own.

This is not Representative Jackson Lee’s first embarrassing misstep.  She’s had Neil Armstrong landing on Mars in 1969, declared that South Vietnam still exists, and called herself “a freed slave.”

Somehow, some of the very people who had no problem when Andrew Napolitano went off the deep end or when one of their own engaged in a historical hiccup could not wait to jump all over this.

From Pensacola came a predictable screed (how boring!):

These flogger-types pretzel up and gnash their teeth when heritage folks identify personally with Confederates — when they talk about “we” and “us,” referring to Confederates during the war —  but you never hear a peep out of floggers when other folks make similar statements.

I didn’t hear her correct Judge Napolitano, but then she’s confessed she doesn’t really understand history, although she’s also claimed that she’s a historian.

One of her commenters, a flawed poet from Virginia, declared:

But Brooks only sees what Southerners do wrong!

Obviously he hasn’t talked to my colleagues.

Besides, David, Rep. Jackson Lee is a southerner. Heck, I thought you would like her because of her last name (how more Confederate heritage can you get than that?). And yet you exclude here from being a southerner. Why is that? What makes her different from the people you define as southerners?

Maybe we can find out why if we returned to the pronunciamiento from Pensacola:

There’s no history there, but there’s lots of scorn and ridicule from people who would rather die than correct — or even acknowledge — blatant and egregious errors made by a protected class member…  Can you say hypocrisy?

Once more someone has race on her mind. After all, the good judge is white, but our friend from Pensacola remained silent. But I didn’t say anything about her unwillingness to discuss a white man’s shortcomings because of her fear that it would undermine her claims of white superiority. That would never occur to me. Nor would I call her a hypocrite for practicing the same sort of double standards she claims to deplore in others.

But when it comes to Connie Chastain, it’s always about race … or sexual preference … or bitterness against non-Christians. Maybe she’ll write a book about that some day.

Or she can listen to Carl Roden, who recently declared:

Why is it that people HAVE to be something based on outward appearances and genetics?
I mean maybe I am off kilter here, but I always defined individualism in terms of defining who you are based on personal preferences.
My genetics may say I have Irish, African, or Asian ancestry, my skin may be white, dark, or whatever, but in the end those things only tell background, they do not define who I am as a man when I wake up in the morning, when I go through my day, what values I choose to live by, ect.
This obsession with racial identity politics is ridiculous to the point now that we are literally coming up with new ethnic groups out of existing people and further labeling people and forcing them into categories of thought based on someone’s flawed politically correct criteria.

Connie Chastain could learn so much by listening to Carl Roden. Maybe Carl can help her get beyond her … issues.

12 thoughts on “Missteps of a Texas Congresswoman … and Others

  1. Lyle Smith March 15, 2014 / 8:38 am

    Sheila Jackson Lee is my representative in Congress. I’ve met her and respect her political character, but if someone asked me, yes or no, is she a good human being… I’d have to say no.

    And then there are the people who said it was stupid to think Russia wouldn’t possibly invade Ukraine. Knowledge aint always power, hunh?

    • Brooks D. Simpson March 15, 2014 / 9:35 am

      Clearly the congresswoman does not have a sure grasp of history. As for Russia and the Ukraine, this may be a case where just because something doesn’t make sense to us (in this case the folks who did not think this would happen) does not mean it might not make sense to someone else. Putin is a brash gambler who is betting on a weak response. So far, he’s ahead.

      • Lyle Smith March 15, 2014 / 11:13 am

        Putin is so far ahead he’s lapping people.

    • Andy Hall March 15, 2014 / 9:37 am

      SJL does have a habit of putting herself in front of any camera available and saying some pretty wild stuff. But you also know that saying dumb or offensive stuff is practically a prerequisite to get elected down here, and it’s an affliction that crosses party lines. As a former constituent of Steve Stockman, I’m very familiar with this phenomenon.

      • Lyle Smith March 15, 2014 / 11:28 am

        I’ll always remember it’s an affliction that crosses party lines, if you will. Deal? 😉

        And lets not fool ourselves and others that Texas politicians can’t be any more stupid than other peoples’ politicians. Good and bad exists everywhere. I know you know this.

  2. John Foskett March 15, 2014 / 11:39 am

    The congresswoman is obviously one more example of (1) the abysmal way our educational system treats the subject of history or (2) the fact that ignorant politicians can’t stop themselves from spewing on topics they know absolutely nothing about or (3) both.

    Meanwhile, any idea who these commenters are who’ve been “run off”?: “Since he has apparently run off most of his commenters who are actually interested in actual history, he has cultivated another kind of reader/commenter ” I have my own deduction, but one would have to be very much under the influence to view that group as being “actually interested in actual history”.

    • Brooks D. Simpson March 15, 2014 / 12:33 pm

      I have no idea what Connie’s talking about. She lives in her own little fantasy world where she speculates about what others think and do. But read this:

      NOW we know what it takes to goad floggers into admitting that protected class members (which certainly is not confied to race) make history (and other) errors. If the admission presents an opportunity to denigrate Southern heritage folks, they’ll do it. Of course, they’ll do it reluctantly, softly, with kid gloves, and they won’t show the same scorn and derision for the protected ones that they’d show for Southern heritage folks who make a similar or even lesser errors.

      She really has an issue with black people. Wonder what makes her hate them so much. She’s so angry that the above quote is simply incoherent. But she sure is firing up the old computer to go after me. 🙂

      As for comments, well, here’s Connie’s policy:

      Comments from persons who have a history of hostility toward Southern (including Confederate) heritage and its defenders and supporters will (with some exceptions) be sent to the spam folder.

  3. Al Mackey March 15, 2014 / 1:58 pm

    I’ve never had a good opinion of SJL, and this simply confirms it. I think she’s an idiot worth ignoring, which I’ve done for quite awhile. This also confirms one of my axioms–you will never get accurate history from a politician.

    • John Foskett March 16, 2014 / 8:11 am

      What you said.

  4. Charles Lovejoy March 16, 2014 / 8:26 pm

    Maybe Sheila Jackson Lee, Michele Bachmann ,Judge Andrew Napolitano , Herman Cain and a host of others should stay away from historical subjects. Stick to current issues.

    • Charles Lovejoy March 16, 2014 / 8:31 pm

      Oh sorry mistake… some maybe should even stay away from current issues too. Herman Cain didn’t know the difference between Iran and Libya . And wasn’t sure about the Kizzy-stans. It’s scary when some body like me a regular rank and fine person has a much better understanding of geography than somebody wanting to be president.

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