Other than the fact that the entire statement by Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) made no sense, we must dwell on his final point.
What does “cast aspersions on my asparagus” mean? Does he taste good with a hollandaise sauce? And if he does, will that make his pee smell funny?
Perhaps it’s something more serious?
Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It can make it hard for you to read, write, and say what you mean to say. It is most common in adults who have had a stroke. Brain tumors, infections, injuries, and dementia can also cause it. The type of problem you have and how bad it is depends on which part of your brain is damaged and how much damage there is.
There are four main types:
- Expressive aphasia – you know what you want to say, but you have trouble saying or writing what you mean
- Receptive aphasia – you hear the voice or see the print, but you can’t make sense of the words
- Anomic aphasia – you have trouble using the correct word for objects, places, or events
- Global aphasia – you can’t speak, understand speech, read, or write
Some people recover from aphasia without treatment. Most, however, need language therapy as soon as possible.
Republicans in Texas need to get Gohmert the help he needs. I see three of the four main types of aphasia in this video.
Actually, I think Obamacare would treat this, if Gohmert weren’t so busy voting against it.
- Aphasia, patients struggle with speech impairment (wjla.com)
- “I Want To Say Something..!” – my notes on Aphasia (lets-think-together.com)
- Wernick’s Aphasia Basics: After Effects of Traumatic Brain Injury (psych.answers.com)