Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Rep. Paul Broun: "It May Sound A Bit Crazy And Off Base..."


That's 'cause it is-- and that's 'cause Georgia Congressman Paul Broun is. Crazy and off base; way off base-- and way out in right field... beyond the stadium walls where the game gets played.

There are 435 members of the House of Representatives, although one died and won't be replaced 'til January. Some, like Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Donna Edwards (D-MD), Jim McGovern (D-WA) and Linda Sánchez (D-CA), vote consistently in the interests of working families and to uphold the rule of law and the U.S. Constitution. But how do you find the actual bottom of the barrel, the one member who is worse than any of the other 433? Worst even than Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Mean Jean Schmidt (R-OH)... worse even than Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)? The member with the most reactionary voting record for the last session of Congress-- and for his entire congressional career-- is a parody of a lunatic fringe nutcase from Georgia, Paul C. Broun. He's the worst; scroll down to the very bottom.

Broun just won re-election with 61% of the vote in one of Georgia's right-wing backwaters, the 10th CD which, ironically, contains the liberal city of Athens, sticking out like a blue thumb in a rural and mountainous KKK redoubt, well protected from any sense of modernity or reality. (Broun was soundly rejected in Clarke County, home of Athens, where he only managed to get 37% of the vote. He doesn't care and, in fact, he said the whole town is "a liberal bastion" and "ought to be bombed.")

In case you still haven't gotten a clear picture, let me paint it out. Paul Broun is a neo-Nazi scumbag who was elected to congress by a bunch of toothless rednecks high on racism, hatred, paranoia, fake religion, and homemade meth. Yesterday Rep. Broun-- in a display of classic Republican jujitsu projectionism-- warned his already demented contituents that President-elect Obama has the "potential" to become Hitler.
"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force. I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may-- may not, I hope not-- but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism... That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

Turns out the demented Georgian was confusing his paranoid visions of a gestapo with Senator Obama's call for expanding the nation's foreign service and doubling the size of the Peace Corps. Broun is worried sick that Obama "likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force." Or is he just hoping to keep Obama from coming down to Georgia and campaigning for Jim martin's run-off bid against Broun's idol Saxby Chamberpot?

"We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun said. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential." At a lunch yesterday at the Martinez-Evans Rotary Club at the Doubletree Hotel Broun continued the idiocy, calling Obama a Marxist and then complaining that McCain was inept and not conservative enough, "a milquetoast Republican." Some of the Mississippi KKK are deranged as well.


Georgia's America's craziest member of Congress tucked his tail between his legs and ran for the hills last night. Both of Georgia's conservative Republican senators distanced themselves from the KKK crackpot.
“I don’t agree with the statement,” said Sen. Johnny Isakson, who called the president-elect Monday and left a message of congratulations.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss echoed that view. “I commend President-elect Obama on his historic election,” said the senator, who faces a run-off Dec. 2 with Democratic challenger Jim Martin.

Chambliss said of Broun’s Hitler remarks, “I do not agree with him and I do not believe that type of political rhetoric is appropriate.”

Martin was measured in his critique, calling Broun’s remarks “extremely unfortunate” and adding, “We ought not to engage in that kind of rhetoric.”

The criticism of Broun was odd coming from Chambliss who is best known for the same kind of vitriolic slander in his race against Max Cleland 6 years ago in which he claimed the distinguished war hero was an Osama bin-Laden doppelganger.

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At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only positive thing I've ever noted about Brown is that he's by and large sincere. His inability to use his head to gather information and make logical deductions from that are not based as much on political hackery as they are on sheer stupidity. It's a shame he isn't in a position of party leadership, but then, those go to the really smart guys who mix venality, cynicism, and intelligence.

It'll be fascinating to see how long it takes for the far-righters to realize that Obama represents no threat to them, and that they've been had by the mainstream GOP. Chances are it won't change anything, but still, it should provide at least a few blasts of amusement.

At 11:28 AM, Blogger Tiffani Ellis said...

Yeah, this dude is crazy and off base. I love how he compares Obama to Hitler, and then immediately says that he's not comparing the two.
What frustrates me so bad is that Americans have been pretty good at keeping the radicals on the fringes. For example, there are crazy people that run for president and other offices all the time, but they are never elected. Our nation, as a whole, is not stupid, so if Obama is such a radical, Marxist con-artist, how is it that so many people were fooled? I could understand if he won 2% of the vote, but he won by a relatively large margin.
The ignorance is almost too much to take.

At 11:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As always, the Republicans project. Or does Representative Broun not understand that Blackwater and DynCorp and such are EXACTLY what he is railing against?

At 1:34 AM, Blogger KELSO'S NUTS said...

I think McDermott is the good Representative from Washington and McGovern is the good Representative from Massachusetts.

Your contrast of some of the most admirable people in American politics with the worst of the worst was very effective, though.

At least T Baldwin, D Edwards, J McDermott and Linda Sanchez have power and/or trajectory whereas this Broun psycho will be one of the many curiosities the American republic has spat out.

At 4:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am not American, I'm European (Eastern Europe). I know you wont like what i say to you now and you'll call me "off base" (at least).
I lived in Communism a lot of years and even if I liked Obama first (the vision of change), now I dislike him.

You speak about socialism and marxism too easy, you even don't know what this means. You think your democracy is for ever. It won't last alone.

I don't like Obama because he acts like a Mesia (he is the long wanted savior). I don't like him because all your mass-media speaks only for good about him and this is not natural. I don't like him because you shut the mouth of those that are against him. I don't like him because he really knows nothing about the rest of the world. I don't like him because he looks like a good actor that plays his part. I don't like him because everybody likes him and this is strange and unnatural.

You are excited now cause your favorite won and you will reject my thoughts.
And I pray that i am wrong; but i don't believe in perfect people and i am asking myself why everybody loves him and the ones that don't are "haters".

Seen it from here, this is the way of dictatorship and I know what this means. I hope for you and for rest of us that you won't taste it.

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't know where you are from but I'm from Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and I share your views on Broun. The thought that he represents me is scary.

When I moved to GA from CA friends thought I was crazy..."oh, I could never live there, the place is full of bigots and racists and the KKK." "No", I assured everyone, "this is a new Georgia that other stuff is part of a sad and ugly past."

Well, I sure am getting e-mails from friends about Broun and his thoughts on Obama

Can I go home now....guess I got it wrong.

At 2:15 PM, Blogger KELSO'S NUTS said...

ANONYMOUS EASTERN EUROPE: I agree with you on the Marxism stuff. I'm neutral on your Obama viewpoints. I think he's an overall good but I have material and instrumental problems with him. His personality suits me fine.

I'm not American either, though I was born there and educated there. I'm Ashkenaz Jewish-Latino and live in Panama, though I've lived all over the world.

My great uncles were Bolsheviks and fought in the Revolution but they left after three years to move to London because they discovered that the Communist dictatorship was no better than the Tsarist dictatorship. Except that people who hated them called them "comrade" instead of "zhid".

Americans have no conception of these terms and a lot of it seems romantic, I think. My father read me their diaries and there's nothing slightly romantic about civil war.

It wasn't too long ago that the media was totally in the tank for McCain. Before that, Obama had the media advantage over Clinton. Swings and roundabouts.

He is pretty well travelled just not in the places you and I know. [Wait, do you know Western Europe and South America?] He's very bright and I know, for example, even though he hasn't been to Panama he has very good connections with the governing center-left PRD.

John McCain made a big deal about Obama's never having been to Colombia. Obama's studied the Colombian civil war backwards and forwards, meanwhile, McCain went once, stayed in Cartagena (like Palm Beach) offended President Uribe and left in a huff.

All politicians have big egos. Comes with the territory. I'm more skeptical about him than most but I think he'll make a fine president.

At 7:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting- a pro-Democratic/Liberal/Socialist website called "Down with Tyranny!" All while celebrating a corrupt and facist Democratic administration.

When facism comes to America, it will be fawned over by a mouth-breathing press, wrapped in the trappings of diversity, and inspire the mindless and uninformed masses.


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