Headlines Ask. Is Sheila Jackson Lee really that stupid? OUCH
Man. The media got brutal with this headline. Not that she didn’t deserve it given her comments comparing tea partiers to KKKers. This is more than a Joe Biden Guffaw or Dan Quayle misspelling potato.
Former Examiner reporter Mark Twain was a keen observer of the foibles and peccadilloes of America’s elected representatives. In his autobiography, he said: “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”
Twain, of course, never met Representative Sheila Jackson Lee, and based his opinion upon the caliber of politician on the national stage at the end of the 19th century. But we can reasonably assume that his views would hardly be attenuated by watching Rep. Lee in action. The Houston Democrat has represented Texas’s 18th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives since 1995. And her oddball public statements have almost become legendary.
On a visit to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2005, Rep. Lee made embarrassing news by asking if the Mars Pathfinder had taken an image of the flag planted there in 1969 by Neil Armstrong. She has also urged better relations between the U.S. and Venezuela, which she describes as a friendly nation. She said the U.S. should reconsider its ban on selling F-16 fighter jets and spare parts to that country.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee gave a speech at the NAACP convention, and told an enthusiastic crowd that the Tea Party participants were nothing more than Ku Klux Klan members without their robes:
All those who wore sheets a long time ago have now lifted them off and started wearing [applause], uh, clothing, uh, with a name, say, I am part of the tea party. Don’t you be fooled. [voices: “That’s right.”, applause] Those who used to wear sheets are now being able to walk down the aisle and speak as a patriot because you will not speak loudly about the lack of integrity of this movement. Don’t let anybody tell you that those who spit on us as we were walking to vote on a health care bill for all of America or those who said Congresswoman Jackson-Lee’s braids were too tight in her hair had anything to do with justice and equality and empowerment of the American people. Don’t let them fool you on that [applause]….
Certainly the folks in Houston thought they were getting an intelligent, educated representative, when they elected Lee to follow in the footsteps of Rep. Barbara Jordan. Lee obtained a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 1972, followed by a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School in 1975. Jackson Lee moved to Houston after her husband, Dr. Elwyn C. Lee, took a job at the University of Houston. Her husband now Vice President of the University of Houston. With her Polysci degree from Yale, you’d think she would know that the K.K.K was founded by southern Democrats.
WOW, what kind of education is YALE teaching these days? Tea Partiers are KKKers without the sheets, and Neil Armstrong’s American Flag somehow got transported to Mars.
And, while we’re on the subject of just how stupid Sheila Jackson Lee really is, we recommend readers take a look at Rep. Lee’s recent speech to the Congress concerning the present level of cooperation between “North and South Viet Nam:”