Erick Erickson, A Shotgun, And Census Workers

Filed in National by on April 3, 2010

Via Think Progress:

ERICKSON: This is crazy. What gives the Commerce Department the right to ask me how often I flush my toilet? Or about going to work? I’m not filling out this form. I dare them to try and come throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. They’re not going on my property. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.

Notice how he dances along the fault line:  …and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door. He just wants to scare the little twerps.  With a shotgun.

What could possibly go wrong with this scenario?  It’s not as if anyone out there is cheering at being called a Tim McVeigh wannabe.

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  1. MJ says:

    What shit-for-brains Erickson fails to realize is that all of the individual information collected by the Census is sealed for 72 years and is not made available to the public any sooner. The 1930 Census data wasn’t released until 2003 – that’s how I found out some interesting things about my father’s family history.

    He’s a Hannity/Beck/Palin wannabe – sad that CNN has given him a platform.

  2. Yes, CNN owns that now! Remember how excited they were to inform everyone that Erickson had joined “the Best Team in Politics.”

  3. Jason330 says:

    Our political discourse has come to this. THANKS CNN!!! By the way. They do have the legal right to ask questions moran. Right there in Section 2 Clause three of the US Constitution that the wingnuts pretend to care about.

  4. anon says:

    Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little ACS twerp likes being scared at the door.

    This is the wingnut fantasy – that they will be confronting nerdy unarmed liberal apparatchiks and politicians. But the next visitor to his home will be the SWAT team, and they won’t knock.

    And – “my WIFE’S shotgun?” What a pu**y.

    Sorry DL ladies but I thought it was appropriate in this case.

  5. Jason330 says:

    What gives the IRS the right to look at my income? Or audit me? I’m not doing it. I dare them to try and throw me in jail. I dare them to. Pull out my wife’s shotgun and see how that little IRS twerp likes being scared. They’re not going know what I make. They can’t do that. They don’t have the legal right, and yet they’re trying.

  6. anon says:

    “my wife’s shotgun ”

    I wonder if Erickson has some skeleton in his closet that makes him ineligible for a gun permit.

    This is a job for Lee Williams to figure out.

  7. cassandra_m says:

    Hiding behind his wife’s shotgun, I see.

    The usual chickenshit belligerence from these people.

    Off to tell CNN that they really screwed the pooch on this pick.

  8. anon says:

    they really screwed the pooch on this pick.

    Spot the typo in this sentence.

  9. anon says:

    … oops…

  10. anon says:

    Erickson made his shotgun comment on the very day the Georgia House declared to be Blogger Day. Erickson was specifically named in the bipartisan list of bloggers in the resolution.

    It was also April Fools Day – go figure.

  11. MJ says:

    and it was Georgia, go figure.

  12. Joanne Christian says:

    I’m sure the shotgun was part of dowry, that gets handed over after the wedding. You know–after the toast of moonshine.

  13. I’m sorry anon, but comparing Erickson to female genatalia is an insult to women. Isn’t Erickson’s wife Monica Goodling, BTW?

  14. fightingbluehen says:

    Yankee git offer ma propardee er ma dog isa gonna git ya in da peepee

  15. anon says:

    Isn’t Erickson’s wife Monica Goodling, BTW?

    Wrong wingnut.

    Here are the wedding photos, though.

  16. pandora says:

    This talk has crossed so many lines. I’m very concerned for our census workers. Erickson is howling at the moon. How long before his call is answered by another lone wolf.

  17. Von Cracker says:

    When I saw the clip I immediately thought of this classic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfQVZhnr8J0

    And to top it off, EE was completely wrong about the “they have no right to be on my property” bullshit. It’s specifically in the Constitution for the government to perform a census, and it trumps declarations of “No Trespassing” made by an individual. And this idiot, who calls himself a strict constructionist, has an effing J.D.?!??!!!?

    Child please, he’s a reactionary child, and looks like a fool compared to Kos’ appearances on MSNBC. That is probably the reason they hired him in the first place, CNN thought (in the way they do = always looking for equivalency) – “Hey, let’s get us the other guy”

    But in reality, there’s no comparison.

  18. fightingbluehen says:

    “This talk has crossed so many lines. I’m very concerned for our census workers. Erickson is howling at the moon. How long before his call is answered by another lone wolf.”

    I think I’m more worried about “our census workers” getting robbed or worse, in this increasingly lawless society.

  19. anon2 says:

    They left the filing deadline off the census form on purpose. Some tattooed and pierced teenager is going to come to your house with a baseball bat and a couple of Dobermans to make sure you filled it out correctly and left no empty spaces. If you did, he’ll take it with him. If you made mistakes even though you didn’t know they were mistakes….well, that’s what the Dobermans are for. They’ll watch to make sure you make the proper corrections. If you mailed the form before the kid got there…..enter the baseball bat. Wait….you mean you didn’t know about that?

  20. “Increasingly lawless society”

    No kidding we have Republican lawmakers running around saying that they don’t have to obey laws that they don’t like and we should really consider armed insurrection.

    I’m with you VC. The idiots who scream about the Constitution seems to have no clue that the census was specifically written into the Constitution.

    I’m starting to focus my wrath, though, on the media that is enabling this nonsense. Stop treating every rightwing freakout like it’s legitimate. Most of it isn’t.

  21. A. Nony Moose says:

    The Constitution does give the federal government the right to take a census of the people. As such, I’ll gladly tell them that we’ve got two at my house. As for how many toilets, none of your business — I don’t see a toilet count specified there.

  22. fightingbluehen says:

    I don’t think it is unreasonable to assume that the government will use the information gathered in the census to levy taxes on individuals.

    Taxes on appliances, toilets, and TV sets, are not out of the realm of possibility in the near future, and how do you think they are going to know how many we have ?

  23. cassandra_m says:

    Because they’ve spent the last 200+ years doing exactly that — secretly taking census data to tax people.

    Wingnuts.

  24. Brooke says:

    I’m with you, UI. Someone is giving too many of these loons too much bandwidth.

  25. rhubard says:

    “As for how many toilets, none of your business”

    My guess is zero.

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