It’s only January 9th, but South Carolina’s congressman Gresham Barrett might already be idiot of the year

Maybe it’s hard to write a decent bill when you can’t see past your pointy hat and fluffy white robe. Maybe that cross you were burning for Winter heat has gone out, and it’s just too cold not be a xenophobic dolt.

Whatever the reason, Gresham Barrett has uncorked a bill so god-damned dumb, it’s actually pretty funny. Here’s his press release:

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03) announced that in response to recent failures in national security, he will update and reintroduce the Stop Terrorists Entry Program Act, which he originally authored back in 2003. The STEP Act of 2010 amends the Immigration and Nationality Act to bar admission of aliens from countries that have strong ties to terrorist regimes and also from the terrorist detainee facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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He’s outraged at President Obama’s inability to protect Americans. And who could blame him, what with the hundreds of terrorist attacks and the thousands of corpses choking off our streets? Well, specifically, who could blame him after those two Muslim incidents, the ones that really stick in his craw: Nidal Hasan’s shooting up Fort Hood and Umar Farouk Adulmutallab’s trying to bomb the Northwest flight into Detroit? Somebody, please, do something…

“While President Obama may have declared an end to the War on Terror, it is clear our enemies did not get the message. Twice in the past two months, radical Islamic terrorists have attacked our nation and the Administration has failed to adapt its national security and immigration policies to counter the renewed resolve of those who seek to harm our citizens . . .

“In light of these unfortunate facts, I intend to introduce legislation that will enhance our national security through common sense changes to our current immigration laws. The STEP Act of 2010 bars the admission of aliens from countries designated as State Sponsors of Terrorism as well as Yemen to the United States . . .”

The State Department has indentified (sic) the following states as sponsors of terrorism: Cuba, Iran, Sudan and Syria. Given recent reports of increased levels of terrorist activities in Yemen, Congressman Barrett has requested that its citizens not be allowed to enter the United States.

So citizens of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria and Yemen would be barred from entry or deported if they’re already here. Well, so much for The Great America rescuing people from violence and oppression. Hey you, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free–beat it. I can’t even begin to imagine how many rabid right-wing Cubans will get tossed out. And that’s only if Florida’s got a pretty well-armed and willing National Guard.

The best part of this idiot’s anti-Muslim gambit? Hasan, the American, and Mutallab, the Nigerian, wouldn’t have come within a mile of being touched by Barrett’s brilliant law.