Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Congressman Paul Broun Warns That Obama May Be Hitler Redux

Oh boy!! You know, I try to live pretty openly and honestly about having schizophrenia. It does present its challenges but I manage just fine most of the time. Like many others who have it, I've learned how to deal with it. See, that's the good thing about knowing that I'm as mad as a hatter--I've learned how to avoid most problems because I can recognize the fact that there is an actual problem. I often think that some people would be better off if they were mad because that would actually explain the stuff they do and say.

For instance, a few hours ago, the Associated Press reported some statements made by Congressman Paul Broun from the glorious state of Georgia.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist or fascist dictatorship.

"It may sound a bit crazy and off base, but the thing is, he's the one who proposed this national security force," Rep. Paul Broun said of Obama in an interview Monday with The Associated Press. "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."

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Broun said. "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."

Obama's comments about a national security force came during a speech in Colorado about building a new civil service corps. Among other things, he called for expanding the nation's foreign service and doubling the size of the Peace Corps "to renew our diplomacy."

"We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set," Obama said in July. "We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Broun said he also believes Obama likely will move to ban gun ownership if he does build a national police force.

Obama has said he respects the Second Amendment right to bear arms and favors "common sense" gun laws. Gun rights advocates interpret that as meaning he'll at least enact curbs on ownership of assault weapons and concealed weapons. As an Illinois state lawmaker, Obama supported a ban on semiautomatic weapons and tighter restrictions on firearms generally.

"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."

Obama's transition office did not respond immediately to Broun's remarks.

See, even if you stuck a camera in my face on my worst day, you'd probably never catch me saying anything as obviously paranoid and illogical as this. Wanna know why? It's because, when I think I've heard something really alarming, I always check to make sure that it's not just me. Poor Congressman Broun evidently didn't do that. Now he's gone and made himself look really, really stupid and no one can do a single thing about it. Sometimes I really pity the supposedly sane folks in this country.

Congressman Broun, if you happen to read this, Godwin told me to pass you this message:


Anonymous said...

Broun is right..i is scary but obama is following Hitler footsteps.God Bless America Amen

Francis Deblauwe said...

Aaah, Paul Broun! He fits right in with the rest of the shipwrecked G.O.P. A great cartoon about him and the recriminations flying back and forth on the Reasons To Be Cheerful, Part 3 blog!

dmarks said...

I followed all of the election, and yes, I found one similarity between Obama and Hitler. Exactly one, and only one:

Hitler and Obama are the only politicians I can think of who have their own official icon/logo.

And I don't think that is much at all to hang any sort of Obama = Hitler case off of. Equating Obama with Hitler is so laughable

Anthony Kennerson said...

Oh, now, this is getting surreal.

Let me see now....The Bush Administration has done more to consolidate power centrally and to impose more limits on personal freedom (not to mention the torture, the spying and tapping of American citizens, the outright refusal to enact laws passed by Congress, conducting illegal wars, the blatant corruption.....yet this fool complains that Obama is the new Hitler wannabe?!?!?!

We have Dubya wanting to use the FREAKIN" military as a tool of civil control (even to the point of appointing a whole brigade of troops to nothing but domestic "control"...yet it's Obama's CIVILIAN public service that is the next Gestapo?!?!?!

And what can I say about Congressman Broun's insistence that a neoliberal centrist Democrat will bring in the new Marxist dictatorship?? Has he ever seen the bailout bill that his own Republican candidate passed into law which basically NATIONALIZES the banks (for the benefit of the rich, mind you, not the regular folk)?? Or..has he ever been to Governor Palin's home state, where its citizens get a free $1,200 check from the government every year thanks to royalties from Big Oil?? Oh...but Obama's the socialist....ahhhh, I mean, National Socialist.

WOW....I kinda thought that right-wingers would be taken aback by Obama's victory. I didn't think that they would fall off the freakin' cliff of insanity this quick.

Godwin's Law, indeed.

And allusions to Tim McVeigh and the reemergence of the militias jump in in 5...4....3...2...


dmarks said...

Sorry, I don't find veracity in most of Anthony's claims about Bush, just like I don't find much veracity in Broun's claims about the President-Elect.

(And I don't think Obama is a neoliberal. He seems to be mainstream, traditional with the Democratic-liberal-left views that have existed for decades. Not very neo-)

Daisy Deadhead said...

My priest thinks I should confess for voting for Obama.