Running for Congress with Contempt

Bob Johnson (R-GA)

Bob Johnson

(Savannah, GA) – In today’s post-September 11 world, many people aren’t happy with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Some even intensely dislike the TSA.

And then there’s Congressional candidate Bob Johnson (R-GA).

Johnson hates the TSA with such venom that he’d “rather see another terrorist attack” on American soil than go through a TSA screening.

The good folks at TSA are the ones who have brought to airports a host of new toys and procedures in the years following the attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Long security lines, full-body scanners, and shoe removal can all be attributed to the TSA.

But this is an unprecedented level of bile coming from someone who wants to be a public servant.

In accusing the TSA of “indoctrinating generations of Americans to walk through a line and be prodded and probed by uniform personnel, agents of the government, like sheep,” he successfully vilified the agency and staff responsible for preventing another incident like the one that occurred on September 11, 2001 – during which about 3,000 people died.

Apparently this Savannah surgeon and former Army Ranger hasn’t found a way to cure his own case of Irony Impairment.

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security

“Dr. Johnson feels very strongly about a Federal government that continues to encroach on individual liberties,” said a Johnson spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity. While he apologizes for being so blunt, he doesn’t really see what everyone is so upset about. He hates the TSA. Average, ordinary, everyday Americans hate the TSA. What’s the big deal?”

Johnson apologized for his “stupid” remark and for saying something “in the heat of the moment.” He also admitted he “should have chosen [his] words more carefully.”

“Dr. Johnson has come up with a list of other items he’d rather see happen than go through a TSA pat-down,” said Johnson’s spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity and handing out a list of the items in the form of a backgrounder. “Hopefully, this will put to rest this episode of his ill-advised comments, and he’s looking forward to getting back on the campaign trail and bashing Obamacare [the Affordable Care Act] and other Democratic priorities for which he has no viable alternative.”

A select list of items Johnson would rather see follows, which demonstrates just how badly he continues to miss the point:

  • A private viewing of Gigli
  • A private viewing of Shanghai Surprise
  • A full season of Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo
  • A full season of Cougar Town
  • Tax cuts for corporations deemed “too big to fail”
  • Tax cuts for corporations providing donations “too large to fail”
  • An effort to hunt down and kill every member of every species on the Endangered Species List
  • The denial of health insurance to 30 million Americans by repealing – and not replacing – Obamacare
  • A pre-emptive nuclear strike on Russia