Congressman Hank Johnson: Poster-Clown For Why Congress Gets No Respect

Written by Marilyn Assenheim on May 3, 2013

MB900198383Congressman Hank Johnson (D., GA) was previously best known for his performance during a defense budget hearing in 2010. During that meeting Johnson opined that the island of Guam, because of its relatively small size, would tip over and capsize due to overpopulation. No, he wasn’t joking.

If this blinding display of genius isn’t enough for you, you are in luck. Johnson is not through making your day. On April 25th Johnson spoke up again, once again taking the House floor. Was he redeeming himself by tackling critical fiscal concerns? Focusing, perhaps, on attacks against Constitutional freedoms? No.

According to National Review Online, Hank Johnson “stood up for some of the most important victims of congressional gridlock: children’s birthday parties and comedians trying to make their voices high-pitched.” He was, in short, discussing a bill to continue the federal government’s sales from the National Helium Reserve. You read that correctly; helium.

In an America currently besieged on all sides, the Honorable Hank Johnson addressed Congress by stating: “Imagine, Mr. Speaker, a world without balloons.” A world without balloons. He wasn’t joking this time, either. One supposes that some credit is due him; it took him a full, three years to prove, once again, that he is a Democrat jackass … figuratively and literally. You may want to remember that the next time some Democrat says Conservatives are stupid.

It is irrelevant that Johnson supposed he was being clever during his speech. It was weighed down (unintentional crack) with puns, referring to helium’s lighter-than-air properties. It is irrelevant whether he was serious about his subject or not. What is relevant is that a duly elected Congressman from Georgia wasn’t just making a fool of himself. He was making idiots of us all. Hank Johnson, Congressman from Georgia, has nothing better to do than prove just how ignorant he is at the expense of the American people.

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Marilyn Assenheim
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.