Congressman Louie Gohmert has been in the news a lot lately. We've heard his opinions about the upcoming elections and even saw him getting his head rubbed by President Bush on national TV.
But it was the Congressman's recent introduction of the Military Freedom Act that really got my attention. Basically, this act says that if a city or state interferes with a military recruiting office, they will lose federal funding.
This legislation is in response to the City of Berkeley, California, where local military recruiters were being called "unwelcome intruders" - and worse. I totally agree with Congressman Gohmert and his colleagues' intolerance of such protests.
It's one thing to disagree with the war. But blocking the work of our military recruiters is insulting to the men and women who serve and protect this country. Such disrespectful local governments should face tough consequences, and lose the privilege of receiving any federal funding at all.
I'm glad that our leaders are taking steps to protect the integrity of our military. So thanks Congressman Gohmert, for representing the patriotism and respect for the military that we have here and that make this a better east texas.