(Commentary) That didn’t take long: It was just a few days after Republican Texas representative Louie Gohmert made a fool of himself over immigration (again) before he was hard at work in Washington at a Christian convention making himself look, if not worse, then at least as bad. Oh, he probably thought he was being witty and philosophically intellectual, but all he actually accomplished was to show that he couldn’t do simple mathematics and that he apparently is somewhat illiterate or has problems comprehending the meaning of certain words. Regardless, as Gov. Rick Perry could tell him, he stepped all in it…
Huffington Post reported July 11 that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) spoke at “Celebrate America,” a three-week-long revival going on in the District of Columbia, this Wednesday and decided to impart upon the crowd a story from the late Texas entertainer Bob Murphey.
“Bob Murphey used to say, ‘You know, I feel so bad for atheists, I do,’” Gohmert recollected. “‘Think about it, no matter how smart they think they are, an atheist has to admit that he believes the equation: nobody plus nothing equals everything.’”
“How embarrassing for an intellectual to have to say ‘Yeah, I believe that,'” Gohmert went on, citing the late Murphey. “Nobody plus nothing equals everything.”
Gohmert then went for the big finish: “You couldn’t get everything unless there was something that was the creator of everything and that’s the Lord we know.”
Of course, anyone can see the the faulty logic here. (And, no, it isn’t that God does not exist, so Gohmert’s point would be moot.) Giving the late Mr. Murphey the benefit of the doubt, Gohmert’s telling of the story probably has something of value missing from it, because Rep. Louie Gohmert apparently does not understand the words he uses.
First, nobody would indicate an absence of an entity of sorts. Nothing would do the same, or, rather, consist of the absence of anything. Anyway, nothing and nothing combined would not equal everything, no matter if you could get an atheist to agree with you or not. Nothing plus nothing equals nothing.
As Huffington Post suggests also, “Gohmert also neglected to explain who would have created the Lord he knows, or whether the Lord created Himself before He existed.”
Gohmert got a round of applause for his story.
Instead of applauding, somebody should have pointed out the holes in his story. Perhaps the congressman might double-check his story to see if he got part of the equation wrong, give him a chance to rectify the faulty logic. Or they could buy him a good old dictionary, not to mention a primer on simple logic.
Note also how Gohmert refers to the man being challenged as an “atheist” then later as an “intellectual,” equating atheism and intellectualism, as if they’re one and the same and implying that both are wrong-headed or wrong-thinking. “How embarrassing for the intellectual…,” Gohmert said. No, how embarrassing for a certain anti-intellectual Texas congressman.
But finding Rep. Louie Gohmert making a fool of himself isn’t too difficult. In early July, appearing on a radio show in Florida, he suggested President Obama follow President Woodrow Wilson’s example when he sent General John Pershing and a few thousand troops across the Mexico-US border to chase the outlaw Pancho Villa. Gohmert said that was the way President Obama should deal with the immigration, drug, and human trafficking problems existing at the border — send troops into Mexico to stop it.
Apparently risking what can only be seen as an open act of war against the sovereign nation of Mexico is quite alright with the congressman. And for what? Stemming a steady stream of illegal immigrants that have been crossing the southern border for over a century? Isn’t that a bit drastic?
So what has Rep. Louie Gohmert actually proven of late? The same thing he usually proves: In a rush to give his opinion, he’s not overly worried about factual substantiation or logic. Unfortunately, there is more than ample proof of his penchant for such acts — just about every time he opens his mouth.