You’ve probably seen Texas Republican Congressman Joe Barton’s fat face on cable news before. He’s about as bright as a one-watt bulb and never fails to stake out the most extreme stance possible on any issue.
Last week at town hall meeting Barton held in Frost, Texas, a constituent urged Frost to work with Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and sponsor legislation which would help combat violence against women, telling the congressman:
“Given your voting record opposing legislation protecting women from violence, will you make a commitment to us today, make a promise that you will reach out to Congresswoman Jackie Speier and work with her to see this bill successfully through Congress?”
Barton replied dismissively that he had voted against such legislation because violence against women is a “state issue, not a federal issue.”
That response drew boos from the audience, and one person shouted:
“Violence against women, that’s a national issue! That’s an issue that impacts everyone everywhere, not only in this country, but everywhere!”
Barton pointed his finger at the person who had just spoken and ordered:
“You, sir, shut up.”
That enraged the audience, and the constituent Barton had just told to shut up yelled back:
“You don’t tell anybody to shut up! You work for us!”
It’s instructive to know that Joe Barton also had this to say about using wind as a source of energy back in 2009:
“Wind is a finite resource and harnessing it would slow the winds down, which would cause the temperature to go up.”
If the hot air which comes out of Congressman Barton was a finite resource, the world would be a much better place.
Here’s Barton at the recent town hall meeting:
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org