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‘Who’s going to shoot Obama?’ GOP Rep. asked at town hall

By Stephen C. Webster
Friday, February 25, 2011 9:51 EDT
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At a recent town hall meeting with constituents, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) fielded a frightening question: “Who’s going to shoot Obama?”

That’s not an exact quote from the unnamed questioner, but it is how local reporter Blake Aued scrawled it down.

Aued was also able to confirm the wording of the question with Broun’s press secretary, his report in the Athens Banner-Herald noted.

That question apparently got a “big laugh” out of the crowd assembled for Broun’s Tuesday meeting. But instead of coming out very strongly against such a shocking query, Aued wrote that Broun tried to sympathize with the individual.

“The thing is, I know there’s a lot of frustration with this president,” Broun reportedly said. “We’re going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we’ll elect somebody that’s going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.”

Read the full report in the Athens Banner-Herald.

Broun isn’t known for being the sharpest member of Congress. Last year he followed Fox News conspiracy host Glenn Beck in boasting that he’d returned his family’s US census form without answering all the questions.

Problem for the ostensibly fiscal conservative Broun: not answering the 10 questions on census forms triggers a visit from a census-taker, who costs the taxpayers about $60 per house according to a census bureau spokesman who talked to reporter Greg Sargent.

Broun was an ardent defender of the “death panel” myth invented by Republicans amid a disinformation campaign against the president’s health reform proposals. He’s also long called Obama a “socialist,” even in spite of the president’s mostly friendly stance toward big business.

He’s since been mocked as one of the dumbest elected representatives in Washington.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
 
 
 
 
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NO4EXXA4CF5SCNMNNV4UX2WK6Y Scott

    It’s not news that cons have been riled up by hate-media to the point that many of them want Obama shot. Gotta have those 2nd amendment remedies… Too bad for these dupes the rulers who fooled them really only care about the bastardized take they have on the 14th amendment when they decided over and over again that corporations are not only people, but better people worthy of more help and federal funds than a regular working person.

  • Anonymous

    Something like that coming from the mouth of a southern REPUBLICAN politician doesn’t surprise me one iota.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    WELL? Aren’t murder, torture, war crimes and treason still capital offenses? Obama is shooting people in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and taxing us to do it, without consent of the majority or even the requisite Declaration of War. He’s defending his personal mercenary, Raymond Davis, for shooting people in cold blood. He’s violating the Constitution to spy on us, to hold people without trial. He demands we be scanned naked at airports, to make money for his friends and intimidate us. What Obama is doing, Nazis were hung for at Nuremberg.

    Down with MuBarak Obama! Sic Semper Tyrannis!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AKHFCT3RZCEWTKQ6QQREGUYAXA crystal

    i seem to remember not that long ago it was punishible by law to critisize baby bush or his cabinet of war mongers about the current war we are still in. I.E is it not some form of treason to say “who will shot the Obama”? i am not a patriotic amerikkkan but i am able to see that the political double standards are erroding our country and sucking all hope down the drain. yes there goes my childrens futures, grow up politicians, you are suppose to work for the people not the other way around

  • Guest

    Corporatists can say ANYTHING! Imagine if a normal working stiff had said this. Hard time with Bubba as your cellmate.

  • Anonymous

    Rep. Paul “Browning-Automatic” Broun (toRy-GAngland)

    Funny. “Some people say”….. they same thing about you.

  • Anonymous

    I believe this is not the only time some one in the republican party has posed that question. I’m sure it is asked everyday down south. It really appears the Southern christian republicans have the market cornered on stupidity! They want less government unless it’s concerning a woman’s reproductive issues,…then they want the government to actually be in the bedroom with them. They want less government unless it comes to who can marry who. Funny they want less when it comes to guns and killing abortion Doctors. I think the repubs [especially southerners] like to pick and choose which of god’s laws they will honor. I don’t think you are close enough to your almighty god to do that! This guy has no business in politics or in a leadership position. There really needs to be an IQ test before filing to run for political office. The republicans really do hate America and Americans don’t they? I realize the republicans are working under a handicap which is they haven’t evolved as fast as the rest of us. Shouldn’t that be considered a handicap? Isn’t there a medicine for that?

  • Anonymous

    Disgusting lowlife scum ………!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    WELL? Aren’t murder, torture, war crimes and treason still capital offenses? Obama is shooting people in Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and taxing us to do it, without consent of the majority or even the requisite Declaration of War. He’s defending his personal mercenary, Raymond Davis, for shooting people in cold blood. He’s violating the Constitution to spy on us, to hold people without trial. He demands we be scanned naked at airports, to make money for his friends and intimidate us. What Obama is doing, Nazis were hung for at Nuremberg.

    Down with MuBarak Obama! Sic Semper Tyrannis!

  • Anonymous

    Nutter

  • Anonymous

    Well said.

  • Anonymous

    mindboggeling —
    I believe the medicine’s name is rat poison with a dash of draino and chlorine bleach.

    Hypothetically of course!

  • Anonymous

    Brilliant!

  • Anonymous

    Fire his ass!

  • Anonymous

    call his office let him know the rest of us don’t think this was funny. (202) 225-4101

  • Anonymous

    So, just where were you when Bushco started all of the above? A little bit heavy on the double standards aren’t we?

  • Anonymous

    I repeat: So, just where were you when Bushco started all of the above? A little bit heavy on the double standards aren’t we?

  • Anonymous

    Now let’s hear from the right AGAIN how it’s the LEFT who are the violent ones, who hate so much, and how WE are the problem. And then we can point out how the guy voted MOST STUPID in congress is one of THEIRS.

    God, I just can’t STAND republicans.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KJJ4KEVT2Z5RDHTIRGJOUWL2EA Paul M

    Did you just smoke something? And if you have, please wait until the effects wear off, Then maybe things will become a little clearer to you about how our govt is set up and who has power over what.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lon-Warneke/1409625620 Lon Warneke

    If you or I had posed that question at a public meeting, we would have the FBI or Secret Service jumping on us faster that a fly heading to the dump.

  • Guest

    This moronic fascist should be investigated. He sympathizes with assassinating the president of the US? Hardy har har…jackass.

  • Anonymous

    The problem is with the people who elected Braun will not see anythying wrong with his performance of job…..he’s doing what he thinks they want…besides he’s as dense as the voters that put him there.

    TheTeaBaggerRepublican Party are doing their level best to bring themselves down along with the government that is too big for their minds to assimilate.

    Ignorance is curable.
    Stupidity is not.

    The Bullies Of the School House Yard are unmanned…as all bullies are.

  • Guest

    Speaking of war criminials, when is someone going to make a citizens arrest of Donald Rumsfeld? That little high pitched-voice rat bastard is all over the airwaves and the country promoting his book of nonsense. There is a docket in the International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague with his name on it….

  • http://snd.sc/XTO3LX HIStory Indeed

    You should be me then… I can’t believe you folks still believe this bullshit is not being orchestrated from a higher level and that the idea and labels like Republican or Democrat, Independent or Tea Party, Conservative, Centrist or Liberal are irrelevant.

  • Guest

    Bush Baby was and is a REPUKKKE. You cannot do anything but praise them and twist yourself into anti-intellectual pretzels to do so.

    With Bush Baby up was down, right was left, night was day, war was freedom, tax cuts had no cost, borrowing from China was patriotic, bailing out the banks was our Christian duty, perverting the Constitution was worthy of medals, and lying and propagandizing and gross incompetence and spending like a psycho with stolen credit cards and getting payoffs from Jack Abramoff and packing the Supreme Court with fascists and spying on Americans and not doing a freaking thing to stop 9/11 and nearly bringing down the United States and global economies but bailing out the banks that did so were FAMILY VALUES LIBERTY FREEDOM CHRISTIAN FAITH FLAG PATRIOTISM LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT LIMITED GOVT USA!!!

    The more the Broun shirts say it, the more they believe it, just like they believe Ronny Raygun deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, Teddy Roosevelt, Harry Truman, JFK, or even the GOP’s apotheosis, Richard Milhous Nixon. That man is the living embodiment of what they are; he, Raygun, Herbert Hoover, and Baby Bush. They should NEVER be let anywhere near public office.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FRHVHDAEGMWTNUSYM7X2WSURKU russell

    Are you just retarded or is this a case of diarrhea of the mouth?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder how these people will feel when we elect the first female Hispanic president?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FRHVHDAEGMWTNUSYM7X2WSURKU russell

    Are you just retarded or do you suffer from a bad case of “diarrhea of the mouth”…..

  • Anonymous

    That’s all they have to say in today’s world? Complaints about a working health care program? The republicans are mentally bankrupt of ideas.

  • David R Velasquez

    I guess this goes under the ‘violent language’ column that the tea party never uses.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Hu… a Republican in disguise. And a bad one at that!

  • Anonymous

    they should be embracing obama…he has done nothing to bring their murdering, treasonist, chimperor and his accomplices to justice…making him an accomplice as well…

  • Dakotahgeo

    And, of course, on the rocks, with a straw!

  • Anonymous

    Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA): Another poster child for Post Natal Abortion. Why does Georgia have so many hate filled racists?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    why don’t you got to Pakistan and ask them if I’m nuts?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/UR4DHHC3P6RRXIUP4LWX54YN7I hu

    I was in the street protesting – the question is, where are the Democratic party HACKS like you now, with Obama carrying out the EXACT SAME POLICIES?

  • Anonymous

    John Adams a Conservative.who became president.

    John Adams a man of paradoxical heresies and bewildered mind, is what Thomas Paine said of Adams.

    Thomas Paine said the Conservatives are hypocrites and nothing else but hypocrites.

    Under Conservative control in the 1920′s people have been jailed. For instance the Socialists were jailed for practicing the freedom to assemble and freedom of speech in the market place of ideas. Conservative control in the 1950′s destroyed the lives of those practicing the freedom to assemble and the freedom of speech in the market place of idea.

    At the beginning of our history the Federalist Party the Conservative controlled party this incident happened:

    John Adams, en route from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Quincy, Massachusetts, stopped in Newark, New Jersey, where he was greeted by a crowd and by a committee that saluted him by firing a cannon. A bystander said, “There goes the President and they are firing at his ass.” Luther Baldwin was indicted for replying that he did not care “if they fired through his ass.” He was convicted in the federal court for speaking “sedicious words tending to defame the President and Government of the United States” and fined, assessed court costs and expenses, and placed in jail until the fine and fees were paid…

    The above brings us back us back to why Paine is correct that Conservatives are hypocrites.

    History has shown that Conservatives regard it as crime to criticize Consevatives. But when Conservatives call for the death of the president that is okay.

    Hypocrites = Conservatives.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    Hoo boy, I can almost hardly wait ’til there’s a Republican President. Why?

    Because apparently it’s now OK to spread lies about him and his policies, make up fake documents showing he was born somewhere else, file harassing frivolous lawsuits against him, have major websites refuse to accept comments that refer to him as “President,” work to derail all his efforts and make his administration a failure, call him a liar on the floor of Congress, call him un-American, disloyal, a Fascist, a Nazi, disparage his family, say horrible things about his mother, hold gun-toting rallies against him, disrupt town-hall meetings, ignore threats against his life by nutbags, make sure schools don’t show his speeches lest he ‘indoctrinate’ them, pass State laws that question his legitimacy and countermand any Federal laws he passes, bend and misrepresent everything he says… and I’ll be right there, spending every dime I can to ruin him, to bring him down. My business is thriving, so I’ll have lots of money to spread around.

    And it will all be OK, because Republicans and their media backers have set the precedent for it. They’ve given us permission to do all the above if we want to.

    Hooray!

  • Anonymous

    All that was done and initiated by the Bush Administration. Why do you people have such a total lapse of memory and treat the years from January 2001 to January 2009 as never happening? Kool aid drinking morons…

  • lyris

    I would hope the Secret Service would question that idiot extensively. That is treason!

    Why aren’t people demanding justice?

    Imagine if a Democratic representative said that at a town hall. You better believe he or she would have been in so much trouble and the teabagging/gop would be demanding that the Democratic elected official resign.

  • CozmicSeer

    Cheney would probably have a heart attack. Many Rethugs would be pulling out their hair running around screaming “It’s the end of the world.” Come to think of it, that might be as Martha Stewart says, “a good thing.”

  • Guest

    All I see on these forums is the sheeple still discussing the left/right paradigm. How duped are you poor souls? The world is not as you see it, get out of the brainwashed alternate reality and smell the coffee, hot and delicious, pouring down your backsides as the powers that be laugh at you.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GMONWJ5YEAUTI3MIRGEWG66WSE gillaroo

    Liar

  • Anonymous

    The really bad thing about karma is that when they hall me off to an internment camp, the mindless dupes that enable these fools will be right there with me. It’s time to move to a warm island and learn how to build a thatched hut and fish.

  • lyris

    Threatening the life of our president is against the law. I remember when one idiot made a threat against LBJ and was arrested and questioned. I don’t know if they finally let him go, but after JFK was assassinated no one took any chances, and they shouldn’t now.

  • Jaimie11

    Obushma started Pakistan – and now he is thinking about going into Libya. He authorized extra-judicial killings of American citizens. Wake up – the office of POTUS is a revolving dictatorship securing more and more power for itself with each new appointed puppet.

  • AnzaSummer

    They will never learn to compromise. They are selfish absolutists who are willing to kill anyone they preceive as “other”.

  • Jaimie11

    Sleepwalker!

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care about political correctness any more: I really believe that southern whites are degenerate savages and we need a modern day General Sherman to straighten them out.

  • lyris

    Well I am, I know the gop has deteriorated since the 1980′s, but broun has taken it beyond what should be tolerated.

    If the person who made that comment isn’t at least questioned by the Secret Service then there is something dreadfully wrong with this country, and we should be complaining.

    I’ve never seen a less patriotic group of people, to them it’s party first, country last.

  • Jaimie11

    And Obushma is so against what Bush-Cheney did that he is vigorously prosecuting them for war crimes and subverting the US Constitution and violating the Geneva Convention.

    Our only hope now is that all these guys, Obushma included, will wander into the territory of someone with the power to arrest them on charges and bring them to the World Court where they can be given the fair trials they deserve.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GMONWJ5YEAUTI3MIRGEWG66WSE gillaroo

    Everything you said, even if it destroys America.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GMONWJ5YEAUTI3MIRGEWG66WSE gillaroo

    disinformationist

  • https://twitter.com/DrMatthew Dr. Matt

    Conservatism = Terrorism

  • Anonymous

    I opposed the wars before they ever started. I don’t like the policies now anymore than I did then. I have been publicly protesting the wars for almost five years now. Not an easy thing to do in this Rethug, and I don’t use the term ‘thug’ lightly, stronghold. I’ve made more than one visit to our congresscritter’s office. Hell, I’ve even written letters and signed e-mail petitions. It’s spitting into the wind, but still I spit.

    The absolute worst day of my life was when I watched my Marine reservist son (money for college? HAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) get on the bus to go to war, not knowing if he would come home in a body bag or a straight jacket. Luckily for us he only served in the “Mission Accomplished” part of the war. I got over my survivors guilt.

    Does any of this answer your question?

  • lyris

    What a load of cr@p hu. Apparently you are one of those extreme lefties who are as bad as the teabagging/gop, but they’re more into the dramatics.

    If hu used the brain that God gave him he would understand that ending a war takes a longer time than to start one. Not only do we need to remove our people from Iraq and Afghanistan, but also the trillions of dollars of equipment, most of which can’t be carried out.

    Perhaps if hu and the other extreme lefties actually took the time to get the facts and stop depending on conjecture from other extreme lefties they might actually start thinking intelligently.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-Lee-Brown/1522418996 Thomas Lee Brown

    I take it you have an alternative? A way to countermand the “powers that be”?

    If so, we’d love to hear it. Otherwise STFU.

  • lyris

    I did but I doubt you are here to read it. I suggest you hu actually do true research instead of reading conjectures from other extreme lefties who only want to stir up trouble just as the teabagging/gop do.

    Both are liars.

  • lyris

    He’s an extreme lefty which is just as bad as the teabagging/gop. They also helped get bush into the White House by voting for nader that grandstander.

  • DriveBy

    Osama Bin Laden took one look at the birth of “real” Americans in the wake of 9/11…. and did not bother to attack the US again. With Hate Radio, Fox News and the “liberal” media doing the job better than he could ever have, he retired.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    Republicans have been talking about this since the elections. I remember debating with some people I grew up with (From Yorba Linda, CA) on Facebook during the elections. It was scary, they were trying to come across as moderate Republicans but every single day a new FALSE article would be posted on FB. From Obama is a Muslim to Obama is a Socialist. I remember one comment from a girl (that a friend of mine still mock today), “I’m just afraid of America becoming a Socialist state” as her reason to vote for McCain. Another responded, “I have no problem with Obama but when he gets assasinated we will be stuck with Joe Biden.” I don’t take comments like this lightly. By just throwing around the idea and not denouncing the act, I believe you create a very dangerous tone that the wrong person may take the wrong way. Discussing it like you expect it to happen, or even joking about it, to me almost makes you as guilty of the act yourself, as you are basically giving the green light to the sick fucks out there.

  • lyris

    I believe we don’t know why President Obama didn’t push to have an extensive investigation against bush et al,

    I’ve read John Perkins’ books and wonder if he and/or his family has been threatened. But that is conjecture, not fact, but I also can’t say that I’m wrong either.

  • lyris

    I think you need some psychiatric help hu.

    My old professor years ago once told us that the opposite extremes are similar, and I have discovered this to be true by listening and reading to the teabagging/gop and the extreme left. Both are unreasonable, and rarely base their views with facts.

  • Guest

    Ah yes, the beauty of freedom is speech is that I don’t have to STFU.

    I do have an idea to stop them though. Only problem is we will be “without” for a bit. We have to boycott everything, bring the corporations and government to their knees.

    This would require EVERYONE in the US to stop driving, stop buying crap from wal-mart, stop giving to the corporate entities that rule over us. Start telling them “NO!” We will not do that anymore.

    This will never happen though. There are too many folks that don’t care, so long as their lifestyle doesn’t change. By the time it does change it will be too late.

    If you have a better idea I am open to hear it :)

  • lyris

    One thing he should do is allow whatever he is smoking wear off and read the duties of the three branches of our government.

    He would learn that the duties of our president are to make suggestions to the legislative branch and sign bills into laws or veto them. However if the legislative branch could decide that they want to go over ride his veto so that too is another limitation to our President’s power.

    The ones with the real power is the Supreme Court.

    It’s a shame that not only are the teabagging/gop ignorant of these facts but also the extreme left.

  • shinyorbs

    how do these fucktards get elected?

  • AnzaSummer

    So, are you saying we should just submit? Do you believe you are one of the “powers that be”? What are you doing to improve anything? We here know it’s not Left vs. Right; it’s the authoritarian followers, the ignorant and the extraordinarily rich vs. the informed workers and the poor. That said: It is the authoritarian followers and ignorant on the RIGHT that are the haters and instigators. Their Xtian religion allows them to murder and if they still “believeth in (him) and are baptised shall be saved.” Truely carte blanch to commit evil deeds.

  • willymack

    Oh, yeah! It’s good to see the Old south is alive and well.
    Lest we forget, the Civil War was fought because sickos like the jerk at this meeting were in charge, and not about to change their brutal ways, so they were CRUSHED.
    In case you forgot, the good guys won that one, so get over it.

  • lyris

    Chimpy bush was a druggie and a drunk and you can believe it damaged his brain. I saw this with my ex-husband.

    Drunks and druggies are notorious pathological liars. Reasoning with them is like reasoning with a brick wall.

    With the extreme left you can’t reason with them either. They too are brick walls.

  • Anonymous

    What you posted happened. That is why a photo of the same Rockefeller giving a little kid a dime was shown. It was a propaganda photo to give the world this image that Rockefeller is a good guy.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks

    Fucktards vote for them.

  • lyris

    Thank you proudliberal1947 (I was born that year), you have proved the difference between a Liberal and an extreme left. You use facts with your opinions and not conjecture.

  • http://www.zazzle.com/fierylocks FieryLocks

    If an elected official that was democrat had said this about Bush during the Bush years they would be hauled off to jail.

  • lyris

    They also want Democracy for corporations and more government for the Middle class.

    I have upset a number of the teabagging/gop by telling them to keep their noses out of my uterus.

    Another test for politicians should be a psychological test.

  • lyris

    Get a grip hu. For once in your life use facts and not hysteria. Very few people will ever take you seriously because you make things up. Better yet seek psychological help, you really need it.

    The President has tried to close Gitmo, and have our courts to try the prisoners, but the blue dogs and the gop have enough clout to filibuster to stop what the president wanted to do.

    Why do you keep lying the way you do? Why don’t you look for actual facts and not conjecture from the extreme left? How about trying to read from NEUTRAL sources?

  • lyris

    And I will repeat, he’s an extreme lefty who may be as bad as the teabagging/gop but they are exact opposite, and they rely on conjecture instead of facts.

  • lyris

    No he’s an extreme left, completely socialistic. Too far left, beyond Liberal.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a native son of SC whose ancestor was killed in the American Revolution and others fought for the revolution and other later ancestors were veterans of the Confederacy. Also I am a veteran. I can say without hesitation that this douchebag is over the top. I can find justification for the people from the South that fought for the Confederacy but not for statements such as his. These people are Beckerheads and are programmed by right wing religiosity as spouted by Limbaugh, Hannity, and Fox News. I’m continually disgusted and ashamed. I hope the people of his district are as well. He should be tarred and feathered at a minimum. Hopefully the local beer distributor would dispense free beer at the tarring and feathering and I’d ride over and participate. Think about that.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    There is _nothing_ extreme “lefty” about Obama. Other than some of his campaign rhetoric, virtually none of which has he lived up to.

  • lyris

    Please don’t wish a gop president on us. What a horrible thing to say. We don’t deserve such a horrible thing to happen to us.

  • lyris

    I’m hoping you mean broun.

  • Walt

    Ironically, these tea baggers and right wingers, who mimic their mean spirited, bigoted, greedy puppet masters (oppressors), have a lot more in common with the German people who irrationally and foolishly backed the Nazi Party. They too, followed in anger, their mean spirited, bigoted, greedy puppet masters (oppressors).

    As an American, I am so embarrassed for the stupidity and weakness of these ugly Americans that are unaware they are helping to take down their own country.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    As an ex-military guy, I can tell you.. a full extraction from a country should only take a few months. We’re not out of Iraq for 2 reasons. One is we have no intention of ever really leaving (look at that “Embassy” we built), and two, we broke it very badly and we’re on the hook for making sure they can stand up on their own two feet now.

    Given the “desire” of the public to “vacate Iraq”, it should have taken less than 1 year to completely leave (including arming the “official structures” needed to maintain “peace”). Instead, we’re 2 years out and still have over 40,000 troops there who are still shooting Iraqis, and no clear end in sight.

    And now we’re nation building in Afghanistan, not seeking “terrorists”. We’ve decided to overthrow the Taliban and prop up a U.S. friendly government. That’s not what Obushma said he was going to do, either. He said we’d focus on “terrorists”, and like the Dick-n-Bush Admin, he morphed it into something else. There are less than 50 terrorists in Afghanistan, but we have over 150,000 troops there? By my math, someone isn’t being honest.

  • lyris

    I called and politely told the staffer than I was upset with what happened at that town hall and that the congressman didn’t not condone the remark made by that man. I also said that I am also upset about comments made by Mr. Broun about our president. Our president was elected by the American people and when he insults our president he is insulting us as well.

    I think that was better than going into hysterics and using the same tactics as the teabagging/gop do.

    I feel great about what I said.

  • lyris

    Actually it’s the extreme left who tend to be violent. Not the Liberals.

  • lyris

    What planet are you from?

  • Anonymous

    Why is this asshole already not hauled off to federal prison…………….we who are old enough have seen enough of this………….!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    That is the truth…….I am appalled by our country right now ………..

  • Anonymous

    True……..they are ruining everything.

  • Anonymous

    Idiot.

  • Anonymous

    I take it that you have an 8th grade Certificate. Empty slogans strung together do not make a cogent argument. Sorry that this nation has sunk so low that hate media rules the roost. It seems that your epigone.” Rep.” Broun has a decided vacant stare and a bit of a drool on his chin. It is a bit of regret that Reconstruction did not go far enough in extirpating the latent Racism that appears embedded in the Southern way of life.

  • Anonymous

    no worries about obama getting shot, hes following bush’s program to a fucking T, only real change like JFK gets assasinated. why would they kill a president whos just a corporate stooge. believe me, barkey sleeps good at night!

  • lyris

    Call as Annienoel suggested, but keep it polite and intelligent.

    (202) 225-4101

    Tell the staffer that rep broun is insulting the American people with his comments against our president.

    I kept it calm and polite and I tried to use logic. The staffer was very polite, and when I told him that I hope he will be giving the congressman my message he told me he would.

    If enough of us call him and are polite and use logic we get much more done. BTW I did give him my name, but it’s such a common name he didn’t ask where I lived. I also used the same accent as he did, no exaggeration.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QMPOO3PZFN7XV2XZKCGSXXR3WM Joe Somebody

    I find it cute when people don’t understand definitions but try to speak with authority. When did definition (reality) cease to matter?

    left/right are measures on a scale. They exist and have concrete meaning. We have two general scales in this country, economic policy and social policy.

    The “paradigm” the “sheeple” buy into is the D/R lie, the idea that D means left when all it means (by definition) is the party that person is in. The “lie” is rooted in the “belief” (not demonstrable fact) that D means “left” (left, generally, being ‘for the people’).. D means nothing because there are many right-wing minded people with a D behind their name. The subversion of the parties is what invalidates the “D/R paradigm” _because_ the D party is under no physical/natural law requiring the members of the party to be “left leaning” people.

    The powers that be laugh harder when they see just how well they’ve destroyed the language in this country. They have made it so that no one can have meaningful conversations because everyone is talking in circles because hardly anyone actually knows the definitions of the words they are using. For example, there is _nothing_ about any policy that Obama is pursuing that is “Socialist”. period. And with the defunding of things like the Heating Oil program, he’s actually taking anti-Welfare State actions as well. Bailouts without sound regulations in return (pro-corporate) coupled with defunding public programs (anti-welfare) means, by definition, Obama is pursuing right-wing policies (on both scales). That “D” behind his name means _nothing_, but we’re lead to believe it does.. hence the paradigm failure is of “party”, not “ideology”.

  • lyris

    I don’t mean to nit pick, but his name is broun. And while I agree with you about most of the people who voted for broun, there might be some people who voted for him who might be concerned about what he is doing.

    When I talked to his staffer I let him assume that I was one of the latter.

    (202) 225-4101

  • lyris

    They are corporatist wh*res.

  • Anonymous

    http://motherjones.com/politics/2011/02/income-inequality-labor-union-decline?page=1

    To those bickering on here: remember that we all have some common ground and need to find it, because they’ve played the divide and conquer game with us for decades. The system is utterly broken and corrupted and both parties are complicit (though the Repugs are blatantly more ruthless and uncaring…the Dems are pathetic too). We need to put aside some of our differences and realize that none of our issues will be addressed in the current, toxic and compromised system.

  • Anonymous

    Extreme Lefty…..you are delusional………….If that is what you think, You do not know progressives or the left…………………we are FOR our fellow Americans and not into ruining the whole country for the likes of the Koch’s and other billionaires.

    This man who made this statement is guilty of rabble rousing in the desire for murder and there IS NO defense.

    If President Obama was a real Lefty, all of you wars would be over all ready………….but then our billionaire arms manufacturers would be cryin’ …………It apparently will not happen .

  • lyris

    Huh? Maybe that makes our president a true Christian, unlike the so called ‘Christians’ in the gop.

  • lyris

    It’s inbred for over 200 years.

  • lyris

    Let broun know that it was the American people who voted for our president and when he insults our president, he insults the American people.

    (202) 225-4101

    Sometimes logic works, and if enough people use logic and not insults or hysteria, it works better.

  • Anonymous

    lyris:
    I can deal withnit picking….but have trouble with nitwitting.
    90 years into this drama I do admit I made a few mistakes.
    Still do.

    But you give {gave?} me hope when to posited there might be some of his electors
    might not agree with Broun on this issue. That is hope well paid. Thanks.

    I recently had to drop an { I thought reasonable uder the circustances} assumption that my newly elected Congressman in upstate New York was washed in with the TeabagRepublican Party Freshman congresspersons.

    As I keep a close watch on those i elect to office, I was delighted to to send him a thank you email for voting outside the party line…not just once, but twice in a period of less than a week.

    I love being wrong when I’m proven so. It feels so good!.
    You can correct me anytime and I’ll thank you.

    Godspeed to you as well.

  • Anonymous

    I love it!!!!!!!!
    thanks
    I’ll be laughing all afternoon!!!

  • cannotvote

    One bird,Two wings!

  • cannotvote

    There’s a kind of irony there!

  • cannotvote

    Great stuff! Thomas Paine (an Englishman) and a true freedom fighter!

  • Anonymous

    Many on this site either weren’t born yet or were to young to remember but this is how things started when the USA and supportive Republican Law Makers fueled an assassination. Town hall meeting all across the south as Law Makers talk to their citizens who ranted kill the president. The excuse for none response back then was freedom of speech and the public was told people are just speaking out on how they feel. Republicans fought hard to block the Civil Rights Bill and fear the popular President and First Lady would get a second term. The World loved this young American President and his wife. Seeing not enough Americans would vote a Republican President in office with Kennedy still on the ticket, while knowing it was a close race between Nixon vs Kennedy. Well Kennedy visited the heart of hate and prejudice as he traveled to Dallas Texas on Nov. 22, 1963. The stage was set for the second assassination of a President. Live on TV, Americans and people all over the World got to see what the US law makers can do when they put their mines to it. A patsy was used that even a stupid person wouldn’t believe and by mistake a man caught the scene of the real shooters. On cue the US and all the racist, haters and Republicans along with the rest of America cried. Great performances by many as the GOP has successfully done what they wanted. Now to silence the patsy and Rudy shot Oswald again live on TV. The best acting to me came from then lawyer Arlen Specter who gave a story so unbelievable it was right out of Harry Potter and Voldemort. A magic bullet that traveled in and out of led and steel, just one bullet hit so many people. Specter and his fellow Republicans worked their magic and Americans brought the beans they were selling. We know America looks to direct other countries on humanity and democracy yet we are seeing again how Republican fear insights violence. I would love to say my country doesn’t kill our leaders we’re more human then that but I watched Kennedy’s face when the bullet it and it’s a picture that last a life time. Republicans really did get away with murder.

  • http://proudprimate.com Proud Primate

    Or, put another way, to quote Fletcher Prouty (transcript here, RealAudio here):

    “What is it then that keeps these people alive? In every country the King would not live if there was not an elite guard. Who trains the elite guard? The Vinnell Corporation.

    when you control the elite guard of a country, when you train that guard, when you arm that guard, when you teach them the jump from an airplane at Fort Benning and in Fort Bragg and give them all kinds of weapons training, bring them down to Camp Ferry in Virginia where there’s a nice little resort, that guard knows how to keep a man alive, as long as that guard agrees to keep that man alive.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    The GOPers sink ever lower into the cesspool of ethics, from der Fuherer Walker in Wisconsin, on to this dolt. Their moral compasses have demagnetized and find NO direction. Like the Senator from WI said in a recent interview, “We are not AWOL, Governor Walker is HAYWIRE.”

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    Bush started it, O is stuck with it. At least in 2 years he’s getting out of 8 years’ Bush mess and 35 years’ GOP disasters.

  • Anonymous

    Iraq=OIL
    Afghanistan=PIPELINE

    The US military is there defending the major oil companies, not any current dangers to the USA. Ahmed Rashid’s book “Taliban” , circa 2000, spelled it out very clearly. BTW, the first listing in the appendix is ENRON. Now, back to the point of the thread, an elected official of the United States did not object strenuously when someone made a remark about taking out the POTUS. Under no circumstances is this OK, period. This clown, Broun, should be removed from office as unfit. Clearly a moral defective…

  • Anonymous

    thus the song “Hey buddy can you spare a dime”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PCHLMPBJKYTW3LJBHZEZMO3TXQ What Ever

    Blond.

  • Guest

    does anyone at this point still really believe that someone other than the extreme right in this country were behind Lincoln, JFK, RFK, MLK Jr.? Do yourselves a favor and go back and study the video (you tube) of JFK’s motorcade in Dallas, compared to his other motorcades. Someone knew and set him up?

  • Anonymous

    How many “isolated’ violent incidents will it take before these assholes talk down morons who aske questions like this?

  • Anonymous

    In case you missed it folks,Obama is neither a leftist or a socialist,he is a corporatist,plain and simple,and I am a democrat that totally disagrees with his stance on Pakistan,and Afghanistan.Start paying attention to his policies,and you will see what I mean.He could do a hell of a lot more for the working men and women,but his priority is getting re-elected.

  • Anonymous

    I like to save this for very special people like you. Fucking idiot.

  • Anonymous

    They should of taken the $60.00 it cost to send a census worker to these idiot’s houses, out of any federal tax refund they might have received after the fact.

  • P Matthews

    McLean, Virginia — Only a Republican could ask that question. Maybe someday our country will find a way of arresting and punishing those responsible for inciting violence and murders for political reasons.

  • Anonymous

    Lol, of course!

  • Anonymous

    You are right Obama is carrying on some of bush’s policies, but you might be careful what you wish for. If Obama is to be impeached on these crimes then george will also have to be impeached. Like wise, if Bush is brought before the Hague, Obama will have to follow. Are you willing to offer george up as a sacrificial lamb just to have the chance at ruining Obama? They will for ever be tied together in history.

  • Anonymous

    These lunatics are in full force especially down south. Boy, I want to see their reactions every time the president is on tv. Their ears must be smokin’.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Obama has carried on some of bush’s policies, but you should be careful what you wish for. If Obama were to be impeached, george would have to be also. Especially if you take into consideration bush is guilty of far more impeachable offenses than Obama. On the other hand if bush was turned over to the Hague for all of his sins then Obama could be also. Do you really want to make bush the sacrificial lamb just to ruin Obama?

  • Anonymous

    I too have demonstrated, signed petition, sent letters etc. but to no avail. My grandson is in the air force and was just told he will be going to Afghanistan. I was against this damn war and it was like deja vue. I protested the Vietnam war too. In my mind nothing good comes from war but heartache and pain and profits for the war profiteers. The people that wanted to send all these men and women into war are the biggest cowards in the world. I think if a politician wants war he should suit up and be the first boots on the ground followed by his kids and close relatives.

  • Anonymous

    Be afraid Jaime he may be coming for you……………..be very afraid!

  • Anonymous

    And if Obama was a real lefty he sure wouldn’t have given into the right’s insane addiction to the bush tax cuts for the rich.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    Don’t care or can’t survive?

    I would love to do what you are saying. Sit on my ass and boycott everything except for breathing air. But you see I rent and that rent goes to my landlord which happens to be a major corporation. So if I boycott that then I do not have shelter. I buy my food from Pavilions, there are no farmer’s markets walking distance nor a farm nearby, nor do I grow my own food. So I would either have to get into my car and drive to the market with gas from Chevron next to my house… I will also need to make sure I didn’t boycott my insurance for too long as I need it to drive my car in California, otherwise I may not make it to the Farmers market if the man catches me and impounds my car… The alternative? I guess I could grown food on my patio, but it faces North with no sunlight ever hitting it directly…

    Your idea is not well thought out. Basically the only way I could see this happening is if I were to sell everything I own, use the money to buy gold (from an individual miner, not a corp), strap a gun to my back and head into the woods. Probably grow a pretty wicked beard too!

    Believe me SayerofNay, I care very much about this and would love to see another option besides rep dem. But not like this, you said it, it will never work. Better idea?

  • Anonymous

    Your misguided and blatantly RACIST comment just got flagged bitch.

    Obama is not shooting people in Iraq or in any other country; our Military and private contractors are at war in Afghanistan. Our military has a blockade in Iraq protecting oil pipelines the U.S. has fought to gain control of since Bush invaded Iraq. BUSH got us into these two wars! And although we aren’t completely out of Iraq and are still wasting resources in Afghanistan, you can’t just pull out completely. There are powers that must be turned over to the Afghan “government” as well as their own military before we do that. Besides, a bigger question is, who is controlling this war? The military industrial complex. They have us by the balls! They call the shots. Period.

    Obama didn’t declare war on anyone. Bush did. So get your facts straight dumbass.

    We gave up our right to privacy when we allowed the Patriot Act to pass. Obama didn’t vote on the Patriot Act to be extended; The House and the Senate did. He could veto it if he wants to but the powers that be probably won’t let that happen. These TSA scanners have been in plans for a while now. They’re not right by any means; however, the TSA is an entity that BUSH created and that his cronies still run. Obama never came out and demanded we be scanned so quit making shit up.

    You think the President has a whole lot of power right now? He doesn’t. Government doesn’t run this country anymore. Corporations do. And it’s Corporations and their bought out politicians that are turning this country into Fascist Nazi Germany you claim Dems are doing. Try one thing for us all and turn off Glenn Beck and pick up a book or check out a website that actually gives you facts.

    And shame on you for shamelessly expressing your racist, disrespectful opinions. It’s people like you that make the U.S. look bad to the world.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V5XKDORJ6HIVIZ6V5OTK76KTEY Immortal

    When I was young, I can still remember, there was a time when Republicans could walk the street, shop in grocery stores, eat in restaurants and go to community or social events and even say they were Republicans or even recite Repulican talking points in public and no one burned them at the stake. But life changes…and I digress…now what was I talking about? Oh, yeah, another mass of patriots. Tuesday, I think, after Bingo.

  • Anonymous

    You are correct. War is only good for the profiteers. Just ask Dick Cheney, Eric Prince, et al. And yes, they are cowards. If someone can supply a more derogatory term I will gladly use it. I totally agree that the politicians who want war should be the first boots on the ground. Instead we had No Show Georgie and Five Deferments Dickie, who had “better things to do” than serve in Vietnam, oh so casually sending our children off to be “cannon fodder”. I can only hope they will reap their just rewards.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take the extreme left over the extreme right ANY day. Jesus was a left-wing radical.

  • Anonymous

    Of course I meant Broun! I might have said this of Bush, however, and I probably have, several times.

    This Broun character sounds like he’s even stupider than Bush though.

  • Anonymous

    Are we all going to wake up one day too late before we realize that the only terrorists that really threatens us is right here and has been here all along.
    These are not americans, these are anti-americans, and if we don’t take immediate steps to clean up this element soon, we all will soon become the victim.
    All our rights, freedoms, and liberties will be gone. We will be reduced to an enslaved work force for the ultra rich elite.
    If you think this is a new thing, then you are wrong. The right wing has been working on this for decades, and the end game is coming fast.

  • Anonymous

    Ditzy too!

  • Jaimie11

    Bull – there was no left/right 2000 years ago. Left/right is a modern construction designed for the purpose of keeping two parties only – much more manageable you know, when manipulating opinion.

    Much easier to keep two parties all riled up and in opposite camps so that when it’s time to put another corporatist into office the vote can be whipped up and the counting is easier. Not too suspicious, that way, when the correct candidate wins.

  • Mr. Neutron

    So you’re saying, working men and women don’t pony up enough money to get a good candidate elected ?

    Do you think most of them understand how American politics work ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4G2XLMPR63B6FX5U7O25STCQDI just me

    Fuck all the elected controller except Ron Paul.

  • Anonymous

    Seems to me, more and more, Americans are killing and calling for the killing of people who “don’t think right.”
    Kill Obama! Kill Assange! Kill Aulaqi! Kill! Kill! Kill!!

    What’s happening to the country that once stood as the shining light of civil liberties?
    Are you really now so poor in spirit, so afraid, so cowardly that you need to kill those who think their way instead of yours?

  • Anonymous

    The secret service should be on this nutcase very,very soon!!

  • Anonymous

    Um… time to hit the history books perhaps? Left/right is hardly a modern construct.

  • Guest

    Me as one of the Powers that Be? Hardly, I am just a dude trying to scratch out a living and it is getting harder and harder. All I know is that I am sick of hearing about the dems do this and the repubs do that, all we do is blame each other for what goes on in politics.

    We are not each others enemies here. The spin doctors do well to play us off on ourselves, it keeps us distracted, along with sports and TV and movie stars and all that other crap.

    Hell, the only people that really have a clue as to what is going on is those of us on here and the dudes perpetrating the downfall of this country! And if you don’t think we are in dire straights as a country you better take a good long look at whats really going on.

    So no, I would never imply that we should submit, we need to stand up and do something about the high treason being done by the lawmakers of this country. I am constantly in touch with my local state reps, in the house and the senate, giving my opinion on matters important to me, like life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I just want my freedoms and to be left alone.

  • Guest

    I did think about it, that’s why I said it wouldn’t work. But it would cripple them rat bastards. As for a better idea, I have none, but am still way open for anything that may work ;)

  • Jaimie11

    Provide me the link showing that left/right was the political spectrum 2000 years ago.

  • Anonymous

    OK, here’s a gross (as in large) generalization for you— as long as there have been humans there has been left/right. Yes, that covers a rather broad spectrum. You can do your own research if you’ve the time. As a specific example go read up on the Zealots.

  • Jaimie11

    I do believe you are stretching the definition – technically the term was not formalized until the French Revolution. So what is the point?

  • Jaimie11

    Don’t believe it, boggled? It’s obvious to so many people, the vast majority of whom are not mindboggled like you and probably smarter by miles.

  • Anonymous

    I believe the Presidents in this country have been mere figure heads for along time. I worry about our country and the way people are manipulated into supporting policies and people that mean them harm. The adm. that did the most harm to our countries and our freedoms is the bush adm. They took away many of our basic freedoms and once they are taken away the government will not roll them back unless the people fight for them. I also think the republicans like to spread fear.

  • shinyorbs

    are you a fucktard?

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    Not to worry, more guns will solve everything if you believe the NRA propaganda.

  • Anonymous

    And I do believe you are nitpicking. The mindset has been the same across the millennia, no matter what it was, or was not, called in a particular era.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GMONWJ5YEAUTI3MIRGEWG66WSE gillaroo

    So, is it ok to ask who will put a cap in Limbaugh, O’Reilly and Hannity?
    Just asking.

  • Arlo J. Thudpucker

    Would you expect any other behavior from a member of the Republican Brotherhood?

    This particular slime had neither the backbone nor the will to confront the extremist in the audience.

    He’s either a coward or a fellow traveler.

  • Anonymous

    were you this outraged when all of the above were being committed and indeed sanctioned by the Bush-Cheney administration? Have we forgotten all about that? If anything we should be holding those people responsible for the mess this countrry is in right now. and for all the innocent lives lost and destroyed.

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