Representative Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia was interviewed by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert. The guy has no idea what the hell he's talking about. A typical biblehumper, he wants to pull in 'values voters' by cosponsoring legislation requiring that the Ten Commandments be displayed in both houses of congress. Maybe he didn't know that Colbert wasn't really a conservative talk show host.
There are a lot of funny moments in this clip. But if you're using dialup and don't have time to load it (at 5:02, it's pretty huge), here's a rough transcript of the part I'm blogging about from Crooks and Liars (fleshed out a little by myself):
Colbert: You have not introduced a single piece of legislation since you entered Congress.
Westmoreland: That's correct.
Colbert: This has been called a do nothing Congress. Is it safe to say you're the do nothingest?
Westmoreland: I, I, ..Well there's one other do nothiner. I don't know who that is, but they're a Democrat.
Colbert: What can we get rid of to balance the budget?
Westmoreland: The Dept. of Education.
Colbert: You cosponsored a bill requiring the display of the ten commandments in the House of Representatives and the Senate. Why was that important to you?
Westmoreland: The Ten Commandments is not a bad thing for people to understand and respect.
Colbert: I'm with you.
Westmoreland: What better place to have something like that than in a judicial building or a courthouse?
Colbert: That is a good question. Can you think of any better building to put the Ten Commandments in than in a public building?
Westmoreland: No. I think that if we were totally without them, we might lose our sense of direction.
Colbert: What are the Ten Commandments?
Westmoreland: You want me to name them all?--Um... Don't murder. Don't lie. Don't steal Um... I can't name them all.
I write about this sort of thing all the time. This guy obviously doesn't give a damn about the Ten Commandments - he doesn't even know what they are. When Westmoreland said, "I think that if we were totally without them, we might lose our sense of direction," he may be right. Granted, he's not totally without them - he has 30% of them - it's pretty clear he's lost his direction.
This is just an election year stunt aimed at bringing religious nuts to the polls. He knows the bill doesn't stand a chance of passing and, even if it did, it would be ruled unconstitutional by the courts. It's just a way to screw votes out of the chumps who make up the religious right one more time.
And they fall for it every time.