Is Intelligence-Challenged Staffers why Politicians say the Strangest Things?

Like the rise of some many things that make you go WTF, we have been plagued with “foot in mouth” disease which seems to be affecting our lawmakers both State and Federal.  These are supposed to be the best and the brightest and representative of our nation as a whole.  Being human we are well aware that people will make mistakes but some of the things that escapes the mouths of politicians play more toward a thought that either they don’t know, don’t care or have staffers who don’t know or don’t care.  Have we gotten as bad as a nation that we are willing to accept any kind of representation or are we the ones who don’t know or don’t care?

Take a look at the following stories about politicians who seem to love filet of sole.  The first is an article titled “Nevada Lawmaker Says Cancer Is A Fungus, Recommends Simply Washing It Out” by Josh Israel for Think Progress who reports that “Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) wants to reform the rules of end-of-life medical care so that more cancer patients can simply flush out their disease using baking soda.  Fiore, who is also CEO of a healthcare company, told listeners to her weekly radio show on Saturday, that she will soon introduce a “terminally ill bill,” to allow more non-FDA-approved treatments for those diagnosed as having terminal illnesses.  As first reported by Jon Ralston, Fiore told listeners: “If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus, and we can put a pic line into your body and we’re flushing, let’s say, salt water, sodium carbonate, through that line, and flushing out the fungus… These are some procedures that are not FDA-approved in America that are very inexpensive, cost-effective.” Cancer Research UK dismisses the claim that sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can cure cancer as a debunked “persistent cancer myth.”  Fiore made news last Wednesday for her assertion that “young, hot little girls on campus” need to be armed with guns to prevent themselves from being raped, saying that every citizen should “have the right to defend him or herself from sexual assault.”  Or how about this one titled “Lawmaker asks if swallowed camera be used for female exam” written by Kimberlee Kruesi for The Associated Press & KTVB TV in which she reports “An Idaho lawmaker received a brief lesson on female anatomy after asking if a woman can swallow a small camera for doctors to conduct a remote gynecological exam.  The question Monday from Republican Rep. Vito Barbieri came as the House State Affairs Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony on a bill that would ban doctors from prescribing abortion-inducing medication through telemedicine.  Dr. Julie Madsen was testifying in opposition to the bill when Barbieri asked the question. Madsen replied that would be impossible because swallowed pills do not end up in the vagina.” And last but not least this one titled “Tennessee Lawmaker Wants To Eliminate Non-Existent 'No-Go Zones' written by Catlin MacNeal for Talking Points Memo reporting “A Republican Tennessee lawmaker introduced a bill this month that would ask the state attorney general to report any existing "no-go zones" and work to eliminate them, The Tennessean reported.  State Rep. Susan Lynn's bill does not specifically mention Muslims, but may allude to the non-existent Muslim "no-go zones" referenced on Fox News and by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) following the January terrorist attacks in Paris.  According to The Tennessean, Lynn did not offer any evidence that these areas exist.  Lynn said that state Sen. Bill Ketron, who sponsored the Senate version of the bill, "saw it with his own eyes" during a visit to Europe.”

Now I’m not saying that these people may need a refresher course on the power of thinking but they do need something whether it’s a completely new staff who can make sure that before they get on camera or go out in public that they are as well informed as possible or need to stay inside and not venture outside at all.  Cancer is a fungus, really and no one in her staff even thought to correct that way of thinking before she took the oath of office.  Swallowing a camera to help doctors with a gynecological exam as if everything we swallow or eat does not get processed in the stomach first and never takes a turn toward our sexual organs, really?  The only one of any of these which has a little bit of merit is the “no-go zones” but even these are all mixed up.  America attempted to address those “no-go zones” back in the Civil Rights Era when only certain people were allowed to be in certain neighborhoods during daylight hours, drink from a certain fountain or venture into certain businesses, so if that is what she is talking about then she might have a point. 

All in all, maybe voters need to begin to vet the staff that is going to be surrounding the candidate of our choice when it comes to elections just to make sure that they are capable of making our representatives truly worthy of the title that they carry.


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