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Gohmert: Don’t be afraid to fight for your beliefs

By Caleb Vierkant, Jacksonville Progress

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Jacksonville, March 29, 2018 | comments

Jacksonville College hosted Congressman Louie Gohmert as a special guest for their Wednesday chapel service. Gohmert was born in Pittsburg, Texas, and was raised in Mount Pleasant. He said that he became a Christian about the age of six. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the Army and later as a judge in Smith County. He has served in the House of Representatives since 2005, representing Texas' First District, which covers a large portion of East Texas.

After a prayer and brief worship service, Gohmert addressed the filled room of Buckner Chapel. He discussed the importance of fighting for one's beliefs no matter the opposition or what others think. He gave several examples of how he has tried to do so in his career. One such example he pointed to was his attempts to remove then Speaker of the House John Boehner in 2015.

Gohmert said that in 2015, he and several other Republicans had grown tired of Speaker Boehner's dishonesty and failure to keep his promises. The reason Boehner still held the office, according to Gohmert, was because so many other Republicans wanted to support him and would, in turn, be appointed by Boehner to special committees.

“There were nine of us,” Gohmert said. “We believed we needed a new speaker, that the country was in trouble. I don't know that the speaker at the time had read or even knew who Machiavelli was, but he sure used some Machiavellian practices.”

The original plan, Gohmert said, was to simply get 29 fellow Republicans to not vote for Boehner during the next election. This would cause the majority vote for Boehner to fail, and they would have to go back to the drawing board, in which time Gohmert and his fellow dissatisfied Republicans could argue for a compromise candidate.

However, they could not get 29 Republicans on board with the plan. Gohmert said that this was because there was no Republican alternative to Boehner running for Speaker of the House. It was around this point Gohmert decided to announce his candidacy for Speaker. Gohmert said that his run for Speaker was never about winning, it was just a bid to get 29 Republicans to vote for anybody but Boehner. The ploy did not succeed, and Boehner was re-elected. However, Gohmert said that they got 24 of the 29 necessary Republicans to dissent, and it showed that Boehner's days were numbered. Sure enough, Gohmert said, Boehner announced his retirement later that year, shortly after Pope Francis' visit to Congress in September of 2015.

“It's amazing what you can get accomplished when you don't care who gets the credit or who gets mad at you,” he said.

Gohmert also touched on the importance of listening to the will of the people during his speech. He denounced fellow Republicans for not supporting President Donald Trump.

“We've been seeing, for nearly a year and a half, it's their will that's being reflected in the legislation that's passed. They're able to overcome the things that Trump wants to see done,” he said.

He also spoke against the increasing spending in the federal government and the debt it was putting on the country, saying it was wrong to put such a burden on future generations to fix.

He said, “We, within two months, had two spending bills … they each put us in debt by a trillion dollars. That is immoral. We never had a generation in American history, that I can find, whose most devoted feeling was 'I want my children to have better and more opportunities than I had.' And now we have a generation in power that basically, figuratively speaking, is saying 'We can't stop spending, but our kids and our grandkids, they will pay all this extra that we're running them into debt' … It is immoral for one generation to put debt onto the next generation with no way that they, themselves, can ever pay it back.”

During this speech, Gohmert also took time to touch on current events: Praising President Trump as a smart negotiator in setting tariffs, and cautioning against listening to the young people calling for gun control as a means to end school shootings.

Before concluding, he also spoke about the important role America's Christian population had to play in society. He quoted founding father John Adams as saying, “This Constitution was intended for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.”

Gohmert also pointed to the importance of Christians humbling themselves before God and praying, pointing to 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

“It doesn't require the whole country,” Gohmert said. “All of those who are not God's people that do not believe, they get to be the beneficiaries in this country if just God's people will do this … So you don't have to go out and try to intimidate your neighbors and friends into humbling themselves and turning from their wicked ways, it's just those who know the Lord.”

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