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Congress Votes To Remove ‘Lunatic’ From Laws

From a bemused Washington Post:

Congress votes to strike ‘lunatic’ from federal laws

by Ed O’Keefe | December 6, 2012

With precious few days remaining on the calendar, what is Congress doing to pass the time while top leaders and President Obama work to avert the “fiscal cliff?”

The House voted 397 to 1 Wednesday to give final approval to a bill that strikes the word “lunatic” from federal laws.

Is there a full moon? Still, if it were only this easy to remove all the lunatics from government.

The term, deemed offensive and outdated by mental health advocates, appears in laws permitting banks to act as a trustee, executor or administrator of the estates of the mentally disabled.

Besides, the politicians don’t want to offend the lunatic voters. Which is not only a large part of the Democrat base, but a voting bloc that the Republicans will now have to pander to. At least, according to some of our leading pundits.

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) was the lone “no” vote. Though he didn’t explicitly explain his decision, he alluded to his vote later in the day during a speech advocating the flat tax.

“To keep spending and not pay the price, that is immoral,” Gohmert said. “That’s why we shouldn’t eliminate the word ‘lunatic.’ It really has application around this town.” …

He’s right you know. This is (ahem) retarded.

The bill, called the 21st Century Language Act of 2012, was introduced last spring by Sens. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and easily passed the Senate.

What a perfectly Orwellian name. Welcome to ‘newspeak.’

“Federal law should reflect the 21st century understanding of mental illness and disease, and that the continued use of this pejorative term has no place in the U.S. Code,” Conrad said at the time.

Even if the shoe fits?

More than three dozen mental-health advocacy groups backing the bill said that deleting the word “is a simple means of demonstrating respect for individuals living with mental health conditions and will have no effect on the underlying federal laws.”

Before Congress voted to eliminate “lunatic,” the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency confirmed that striking the word would have no affect on banking laws.

We suppose that is supposed to be humorous, but we don’t get it.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, December 6th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Congress Votes To Remove ‘Lunatic’ From Laws”

  1. GetBackJack

    Really? Is this a comedy bit about Congress?

  2. canary

    Hat’s off to the one lone voter, the Rep. Louie Gohmert’s (R-TX). His reasoning is most likely the “lunatic” taken from the noun “lunatic fringe”. I seriously doubt when someone is always rewriting the federal code of regulations that there was any reference of “lunatic” describing anyone with mental incompetency. Oh those little tiny little trip up words, may, can, prefer, …

    Of course nothing compares to the ever changing Obama Care health care bill.

    Websters: Definition of LUNATIC FRINGE

    : the members of a usually political or social movement espousing extreme, eccentric, or fanatical views

    crack me up. They always ask what made you look up the word, and I noticed someone wrote Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.

    and the lack of telling which federal code regulation uses “lunatic” makes me think it’s the “lunatic” taken from fringe. “Lunatic fringe” in Webster’s Dictionary.

    I think they removed “Lunatic fringe” is a term used to characterize members of a usually political or social movement espousing extreme, eccentric, or fanatical views. It was coined by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919), to describe some American anarchists, especially those who engaged in propaganda by the deed. – according to wikipedia

  3. jany38

    So instead of lunatic they can use the synonym – ‘democrat’ Both have the same meaning. However, as long as Joe Biden is around, they can never completely remove the word ‘lunatic’ He’s proof positive there really is such a thing.




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