Doug Lamborn Finally Admits Why He Hates Big Bird

As the Washington Free Beacon reports, GOP Rep. Doug Lamborn of Colorado Springs is back on his high horse for another attempt to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting–and this time Lamborn is going straight for the wedge-issue jugular instead of pussy-footing around with dry lectures about fiscal responsibility:

Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.) has introduced a bill to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which includes National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)…

“The Constitution does not grant the federal government the authority to subsidize media programming. Not only is this funding unconstitutional and wasteful, but it has also violated the conscience rights of many conservative and religious Americans,” [Pols emphasis] Lamborn said, “American taxpayers subsidized the CPB, the parent organization to PBS and NPR, to the tune of $445 million annually for the last two fiscal years.”

Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colorado Springs).

In an op-ed yesterday published by the Heritage Foundation’s Daily Signal blog, Rep. Lamborn lambastes the popular PBS children’s show Arthur, in which a recurring character in the show recently came out as gay and participated in a same-sex wedding:

A case in point is PBS—the Public Broadcasting Service—which recently aired a surprising episode of the children’s show “Arthur” titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone.” In this episode, PBS writers deemed it appropriate to preach their liberal views on same-sex marriage to America’s young children: The episode featured—and celebrated—a same-sex wedding.

After the episode, many conservatives, including Rev. Franklin Graham and Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, came out in opposition. Even the state of Alabama opted against airing the program and instead barred the episode from Alabama Public Television.

When confronted with criticism, Marc Brown, the creator of “Arthur,” explained: “That’s not the kind of world we want to live in, and we want children educated so they can see there’s not just one type of family.”

Taxpayers now know with complete certainty that the goal of the PBS cartoon is to impart social liberalism to children… [Pols emphasis]

Although Lamborn has an ally in President Donald Trump, who has similarly proposed the defunding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in his dead-on-arrival budgets, it’s a safe bet that Lamborn’s bill is headed directly for the circular file in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Of course it’s not really about passing a bill like this so much as it is, you know, talking about it–much like Lamborn’s campaign as a state lawmaker to swap the names of Mt. Democrat and Republican Mountain so the latter would be taller.

But what’s newsworthy in the age of Trump is that Lamborn seems to be much more open about his desire to defund PBS because PBS offends his homophobic sensibilities. That’s an “evolution” from his much less overtly prejudicial past statements on the issue, and not in a good way.

No doubt it’s how he always felt, but apparently it’s okay to come out and say it now.

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  1. bullshit! says:

    They're all honest about hate now. Trump has done that to Republicans and someday they'll realize it has set them back decades.

  2. spaceman65 says:

    Doug clearly hasn't studied Article I of the Constitution very well

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    There's a reason his nickname when he was in the General Assembly was Doug Stillborn.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Well shucks, I guess if we can’t fool a complete blithering idiot like Lamborn any longer . . . 

    . . . then there’s very few idiots left (. . . Fluffy & Pfruity excepted . . .) that we can hope to continue to fool???!!!


    Sounds like Big Bird’s goose is finally cooked . . .
    . . . and, the kiddies will now only have to watch Duncan Hunter trial videos to get their full recommended daily dose of conservative values . . .

  5. MADCO says:

    I thought it was the same reason we all hate Big Bird – he's freakin creepy.

    But what does Big Bird have to do with Arthur? Or Mr Ratburn?


  6. unnamed says:

    Jeez Doug.  We all know you're stupid.  Now you want to take educational programming away from the masses so they won't be smarter and more tolerant than you?

  7. Mike W. says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, Doug Lamborn wants to be alllllll up in your bedrooms. He wants to watch you, make sure you're…not doing anything God would disagree with…ya, lets go with that. 

  8. mamajama55 says:

    Sesame Street was a big part of the childhoods of my kids and so many others…so much good educational programming, as well as character education, tolerance, encouraging curiousity and inquiry, exposure to racial and cultural diversity…it was those latter traits that really bug Lamebrain, no doubt.

  9. JohnInDenver says:

    So, in the world of PBS cartoons, that's one marriage of same sex partners to how many of opposite sex partners?

    Perhaps they would be better served by going back to objecting to Bert & Ernie cohabitating or Tele-tubbies carrying a purse.  They may even be able to broaden their coalition if they went after characters with man buns.

  10. murallen says:

    Jesus, what a loon.

  11. Gray in Mountains says:

    "conscience rights"? WTF does that mean? What part of our constitution includes these "rights"?

    • Duke Cox says:

      For reals…"conscience rights" must mean…"my right to decide what is right and wrong for all people".

      T'was ever thus for that guy from Nazareth. He said some important things but his name and his mission have been completely disfigured by the institutions and people who claim to represent him.

      Lamborn is one of them.

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