If you aren’t aware of Lamar’s Smith’s, he is best known for sponsoring the SOPA the “anti-internet piracy” bill that was blasted out of congress after a huge wave of public criticism. In fact Smith’s SOPA bill would have "allowed the U.S. government and private corporations to create a blacklist of censored websites” The man wanted to grant the government the ability to censor the information you could access online, and if that isn’t scary enough wait until you hear his scientific “policies”
It may be possible that Smith’s appointment is partially because his GOP counterparts feel sorry for him after initially supporting and then eventually abandoning the SOPA bill like rats after the public uprising.
The scary and sad fact is Lamar Smith is yet another GOP climate change denier, and has been quoted as calling those of us concerned with silly things like the drought through-out our countries farmlands, rising sea levels, and melting ice caps as “global warming alarmists.”
As long as we continue to elect officials who deny basic and universally accepted facts like evolution and climate change to run our country, we will continue to fall further and further from our once mighty post as the global pioneer of social, scientific, and academic thought.