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Expert is left speechless after Republican asks if the Forest Service can change the moon’s orbit

Expert is left speechless after Republican asks if the Forest Service can change the moon’s orbit

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While Republicans try their damndest to place as many restrictions as possible on who can vote in elections, perhaps their party would be better served by new restrictions on who is actually eligible to run for office.

The GOP would be immensely less harmful and embarrassing if they simply instituted a minimum IQ standard that candidates must meet before running for office under the Republican brand.

Just imagine how many of the party’s rising stars would be out of work had the GOP instituted this rule before the 2020 elections — Congresswomen Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) come immediately to mind — and how the entire ordeal of the Trump presidency could have been avoided had they applied such a rule before the 2016 election.

In the absence of such common-sense candidate regulation, however, we are faced today with the spectacle of Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) demonstrating the necessity of better quality control in the Republican lawmaker ranks.

Rep. Gohmert set a new low bar for scientific acumen with a question during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing that makes one wonder whether the Texas legislator ever paid attention in high school.

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“I understand, from what’s been testified to the Forest Service and the BLM, you want very much to work on the issue of climate change,” Gohmert stated. “I was informed by the immediate past director of NASA that they found that the moon’s orbit is changing slightly and so is the Earth’s orbit around the sun. We know there’s been significant solar flare activities, and so, is there anything that the National Forest Service or BLM can do to change the course of the moon’s orbit or the Earth’s orbit around the sun? Obviously, that would have profound effects on our climate.”

If Gohmert had asked a similar question of an official representing NASA, then perhaps his comments would not have inspired such mockery on social media, but his expectations of planetary orbit-changing capabilities of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management seem to be poorly considered to say the least.

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While the expert witness to which Congressman Gohmert was addressing his question let him off gently with her diplomatic response to his bizarre query — “I would have to follow up with you on that one, Mr. Gohmert,” she answered — the responses to a video of the question posted on Twitter were not so kind.

Since shame alone no longer seems sufficient to drive unqualified people out of Congress, the passage of minimum intelligence qualifications for legislators seems to be the only solution that can prevent people like Louis Gohmert from being among the people determining our nation’s future.

Let’s all urge our lawmakers to begin drawing up a bill to create an SAT level test for our representatives that can separate the highly functioning from those who would be better off repeating a grade or two.

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