Rep. Louie Gohmert: Constitution only fit for Americans who ‘cling to God and guns’

Louie Gohmert: Constitution only protects Americans who ‘cling to God and guns’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) recently asserted that the U.S. Constitution only applied to people “who cling to their God and their guns.” Speaking at a rally in Iowa for Republican Senate candidate Sam Clovis on Friday, Gohmert recalled that he had…


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Louie Gohmert – Constitution only fit for Americans who cling to God and guns

By the way, Gohmert’s assertion is drawn from John Adams: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” But he misunderstands what Adams, a Unitarian and possibly an unbeliever, was saying, which was that the constitution is a secular document which could easily be subverted by a rogue citizenry, and so a moral public is necessary to its good functioning. He wasn’t praising fundamentalist Christianity or saying the constitution is rooted in the latter–in fact the opposite. -JC

The full quote is

““But should the people of American once become capable of that deep simulation towards one another, and towards foreign nations, which assumes the language of justice and moderation, while it is practising iniquity and extravagance, and displays in the most captivating manner the charming pictures of candour, frankness, and sincerity, while it is rioting in the rapine and insolence, this country will be the most miserable habitation in the world. Because we have no government armed with the power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, and licentiousness would break the strongest cords of our Constitution, as a whale goes through a net. our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” _ John Adams: Signer of the Declaration of Independence; One of Two Signers of the Bill of Rights; Second President of the United States.”

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7 Responses

  1. Archtype

    he’s just riffing on Obama’s famous remark about God and guns, which you have to admit was awfully patrician.

    • No, he’s laying out the agenda. All far-right factions have in their key manifestos statements to this effect: “America is a republic, not a democracy.” That is coded in the mass media as a nostalgic desire to return law to its “original” state, but it really means only a few property-owning white Christians get to vote. If it’s “patrician” for urban minorities to feel differently about God and guns, does that mean rednecks get to restore Jim Crow and the KKK and terrorize them in the name of a very patrician republic?

  2. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.”

    Really,? I’m not sure you could look at the history of this country and instantly think of morality and religion.

    Benjamin Franklin fathered an illegitimate son and was a known womanizer. George Washington and Jefferson were just two of the founding fathers who owned slaves, which I admit is not immoral as far as the bible is concerned. The American Indians were treated like dogs and the Mexican American war was little more than a land grab.

    Today our country is involved around the world killing innocent men, women and children with missiles fired from drones when we are not busy invading sovereign countries creating hell on earth like conditions for the citizens caught in the crossfire.

    Enough with the sanctimony. We’re, our leaders included, are a long way from being a pious nation.

    • I think that a lot of liberals have trouble taking the far right seriously because they can’t imagine what those people really mean by “moral” or “religious”. But it’s very serious. The simplest explanation I have is the scene in Plato’s Republic where Socrates debates a young oligarch, Polymachus, over the definition of “virtue”. Polymachus says that it is “to do good unto friends and harm unto enemies.”
      Liberals can’t imagine that as a basis for law; conservatives today are willing to tell any lie to hide the fact that they demand that to be the only basis. Their enemy list is everyone different than themselves. So government only exists to reward their tribal/military hierarchy and punish everyone else, under various ruses.

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