Wednesday, July 12, 2017

#1866: Kent Lambert

Kent Douglas Lambert has been a state senator in Colorado since 2011 (and was a representative before that), currently representing Senate District 9, which encompasses northwest Colorado Springs, the Air Force Academy, Monument and Black Forest. Of course, Gordon Klingenschmitt himself was a Colorado state representative for some time, and in comparison with Klingenschmitt Lambert might come across as almost sane. Lambert is not sane.

Already during the 2007 session, Lambert got some attention when he filed a formal ethics complaint against the Colorado Education Association for sending emails making claims Lambert disagreed with (it was dismissed by the Colorado Legislative Council’s Executive Committee). He also tried to ban adoption by same-sex couples. And of course, promotion of anti-gay gibberish and conspiracy theories have been characteristic of Lambert’s career. In 2013, for instance, he said that Colorado’s law allowing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples was an attempt at “mind control.” In particular, it “completely suppresses basically any ideas; it’s a mind-control experiment by the majority party, the Democrats, here in Colorado to force everybody, including children in schools, everything else, under penalty of law, to believe in homosexual marriage.” He didn’t specify what piece of legislation mentions restrictions on what to believe in. But to drive the point home, Lambert declared that “this is certainly Brave New World, the Aldous Huxley novel that Big Brother is here,” which makes one suspect that he hasn’t actually read either Brave New World or 1984. Oh, and moreover, allowing transgender children to use the proper bathroom is just like “the kind of agendas that the greatest dictators in world history have tried to press in the past” (of course, he neglects to mention that it is his side who wants to introduce laws governing restroom choice. Details.) Then there is this one.

Diagnosis: Standard state legislature kook. There are plenty of those, and they’ve got power and zeal. Sad.

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