Guard, Soldier, or Iraqi: An examination into Patrick McHenry's "little messup"

It seems that Patrick McHenry has fired back at the now very famous (even now on MSNBC!) video of Patrick McHenry calling a soldier (or something to that regard) "two bit", after the soldier correctly denied him access to a gym. So, what's the deal? Does McH get off because he called a "foreign national" a "two bit" instead of an American soldier?

Answer: No, it's worse. Here's why.

First off, let me explain the situation. At a local Lincoln county dinner of some sort, Patrick McHenry told a story about him "bravely" missing a missile attack in a Baghdad green zone. Long story short, McH woke up in the morning to go to the gym, was denied access because he had no credentials, pitched a hissy fit for 30 minutes by some "two bit" guard who refused to let him in just because he was a Distinguished Visitor, and then marched back to take a shower- when the Green Zone was hit by missiles, promptly destroying the gym.

Of course, Lance Sigmon, Republican challenger to McHenry (and the man we pretty much want to win the primary lest we face another election with McH cheating/lying/stealing his way into office) jumped on this, having gotten the video somehow, via his press release.

Of course, McHenry is quick to note that Mr. "two bit" is not a Soldier, but a "foreign national". Naturally, we don't know the validity or not- knowing the hubris of Patrick McHenry, the man may as well have been African-American for McHenry to call him "foreign". Nonetheless, McHenry seems to claim that while he chose the "Wrong words" (presumably "asshole" would have been better), it doesn't matter because he was a foreign national.


Since when do we give Congressmen the right to call foreign assistance "two bits" and demean their help? On one hand, the US Government wants us to believe that we are attempting to allow Iraqi forces to control themselves, but then they think we should allow them to call them "two bit"s and demean them on our shores? I don't think so: It doesn't work that way.

The problem with this is that this speaks to Patrick McHenry's mindset. Let's put away our general dislike for Republicans- even if we were to believe what McHenry supports, McHenry doesn't even truly believe it. To Patrick McHenry of the 10th District, people such as the Iraqis are worth two bits, and are presumably ignorable, expendable, and useless to good old fashioned pasty white approximately 5'3" Americans. Even more than that: we're more important than them.

This is the kind of mindset that screws up national policy. It's dickheads like McHenry that completely avoid the true face of the problem and like to play these little mindgames to avoid the true truth. McHenry views people like money- he views voters like toys to con into giving him office, Iraqis like little puppets to manipulate as two cent sacks of carbon, and he views his office as a pulpit to give his small stature a boost in self-confidence.

So let me end this rather angry post with this comment:
Patrick McHenry, you are an embarrassment to the 10th District. I personally think that you need to step down from your position- not as a Democrat, but as a man who thinks that if we must fight a war, those who support it must support it wholeheartedly. Learn to gracefully accept your failure. No human in this world is worth "two bits"... except maybe for you.

Frontpaged by James, with handy-dandy two-bits coin added.


I lived on the Baghdad Embassy Compound. I used that Gym.

There are NO Foreign Nationals guarding anything, anywhere on that compound. The Guard at the gym door is an American.

There are foreign guards outside the compound, but in the compound where the gym is located, it is all American.

Maybe an American with an accent different than McHenry's...... but of course, to some, that qualifies for "foreign".

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03


I was watching a soccer game last weekend and saw the current Marine Corps ad come up. Totally in Spanish. Foreign national. Indeed.

You know, I'm sure there are a lot of other Rs and Ds in the U.S. House who don't ever have to worry about paying Mensa dues, either, but it takes a special kind of "sack o' doorknobs" stupid to be Pat McHenry.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."


And now, I yield the floor to the lovely and talented Rachel Maddow (who subbed in for Keith Olbermann last night):

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy


Rachel is awesome.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

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Embarrassed, you say?

It's not like this is the first time that McHenry has embarrassed his constituents on national television. Remember the Mark Foley scandal? When the issue was sexual abuse, he went on Hardball with Chris Matthews, stared straight into the camera with his best Republican lap-dog-pit-bull look and declared: "The only issue here is what did Nancy Pelosi know and when did she know it!"

Steve Ivester for Congress NC Tenth

Three outstanding candidates, two Democrat and one Republican are running to unseat this DeLay/Rove/Hassert disciple and mouthpiece. He has been a complete Bush rubber stamp. Please visit my website at and click the appropriate tab to see my views on the Middle East. I would appreciate your support in my effort to unseat McHenry.