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Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson: Florida’s Mad Hatter

Written By | Oct 21, 2017

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2017 — “There is a place, like no place on earth. A land full of wonder, mystery, and danger. Some say, to survive it, you need to be as mad as a hatter. Which, luckily, I am.” – The Mad Hatter from Louis Carol’s “Alice in Wonderland.”

The Mad Hatter presides over a tea party in “Alice in Wonderland.”

Those words could just as easily been spoken by Florida’s Democratic Congresswoman Frederica Wilson concerning Washington, D.C., her second home. And she has hundreds of flashy cowboy hats with equally gaudy, glitzy and tacky suits to match.

When the snappy dresser was elected to Congress back in 2010, she worried over House rules forbidding the wearing of hats while conducting the people’s business, which dates back to 1837:

“No member is to come into the House with his head covered, nor to remove from one place to another with his hat on, no one is to put on his hat in coming in or removing, until he be set down in his place.”




“It’s sexist,” Rep. Wilson told the Miami Herald before reinforcing the very sexual stereotype she railed against. “It [the rule] dates back to when men wore hats and we know that men don’t wear hats indoors, but women wear hats indoors. Hats are what I wear.”

It’s clear there’s a lot of muddled thinking going on under Wilson’s colorful 10-gallon hat.

More recently, Wilson accused President Donald Trump of being “insensitive,” an impeachable high crime among America’s supine and teary-eyed sensitives, for stating the obvious: U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson “knew what he signed up for” when he joined the Special Forces, was deployed to Niger and died fighting the Islamic terror army, Boko Haram.

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson. Image courtesy of family.

U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson. Image courtesy of family.

Oddly, when President Trump picked up a White House phone to make a condolence call to Sgt. Johnson’s widow, Rep. Wilson just happened to be sitting in a nearby bucket seat as the grieving widow put the commander in chief on speaker.

We have yet to hear a plausible explanation as to how that happened.

The simple answer, of course, is that even grieving Gold-Star widows are prone to Trump Derangement Syndrome.

The Mad Hatter, meanwhile, told the Alice-in-Wonderland panel at ABC’s “The View” that Congress must investigate why Sgt. Johnson had “weapons weaker than the terrorists’ weapons” and why Boko Haram was “able to surround … and kill him.”

The answers are as simple as they are obvious.

President Obama sent troops to Niger; Congress gave them “varmint” rounds

It was the Congress of the United States that appropriated funds to pay for the Pentagon’s R & D of the M-16 rifle during the early 1960s. The problem-plagued weapon replaced the better designed, high-caliber, man-stopping rifles that killed or wounded soldiers of Nazi Germany, Japan, and communist North Korea.

Boko Haram killed Sgt. Johnson because the weapon Congress bequeathed him fires a small round originally designed for hunting squirrels: a “varmint round.”



Secondly, Congress, which is the only branch of government granted the constitutional authority to declare war, stood by and did nothing as President Obama unilaterally deployed U.S. troops to Niger.

It was an emotional response to Boko Haram’s kidnapping of more than 200 young school girls, with some sold off as child brides. In response to this abomination, First Lady Michelle Obama famously posed with a card reading, “#Bring Back Our Girls.”

First Lady Michelle Obama. Image: WhiteHouse.gov

First Lady Michelle Obama. Image: WhiteHouse.gov

If Mad Hatter Wilson were truly concerned about Sgt. Johnson and his military comrades, not to mention her oath of office, she would pose with a placard emblazoned with the words, “#Bring Back Our Boys from Ill-conceived, Obama-Era Military Adventures.”

But that would require the turning of a few mental gears under Rep. Frederica Wilson’s big, flashy hat.

Steven M. Lopez

Originally from Los Angeles, Steven M. Lopez has been in the news business for more than thirty years. He made his way around the country: Arizona, the Bay Area and now resides in South Florida.