True about Gohmert. 100 years ago, or even fifty, true believers like him could be found in the local sanitarium or, at worst, in the pulpit of one of the less mainstream churches on the “wrong side of the tracks”, where overzealous counterfactualism and utter disregard in the inconsistency of one’s own stated positions were seen as qualifications for the job rather than for the nuthouse.
Then the Reagan Revolution happened, and the inmates took control of the asylum, the country and, by extension, a still-respectable chunk of the world. Cynical puppet-masters’ money flowed like the mightiest of rivers, and the useful idiots provided cover and infotainment whilst the nation and a still-respectable chunk of the world were looted and left to rot. We’ve been distracted, diverted into arguing over what patterns the rubble should bounce with, instead of picking up some rocks and hurling them at those who got us into this situation.
A wise man once noted that you rarely improve your situation by solving the wrong problem. A much richer man noted that if you can keep the proles from realising what their problem really is, let alone organising effectively to resolve it, then you can exercise absolute power for as long as you care to. In either case, there will always be people, immune from any sense of logic or reason, who can be counted upon to work tirelessly against their own interests. In religion, these extremists are often called zealots. In American politics, they’re what’s left of what once was the Republican Party. In either religion or politics, history teaches that their ascent into positions of power and influence unequivocally signals the onset of a truly dark time for the people they purport to lead; a time from which the people will be extremely fortunate to survive and recover from.
Things are going to get much, much worse before they get better — if anyone’s still left by then.