GOP Rep. Broun: Democrats May Use Swine Flu to ‘Take Over’
August 12, 2009
(ChattahBox)—Republican U.S. Rep. Paul Broun from Georgia injected some good ole Southern drama and a fear-mongering conspiracy theory or two, to add a little spice to his town hall on Tuesday, suggesting that the Democrats had plans to declare martial law.
Broun managed to hit all the right-wing high points, including deather claims that health reform would kill granny and that senior citizens would lose Medicare benefits.
Broun stomped into the town hall meeting holding several bound volumes of the House health care bill and tossed them to the ground, theatrically declaring that’s what he thought of President Obama’s health care bill. “This is a stinking, rotten fish, and they don’t want you to smell it, and they want to shove it down your throat and make you eat it before you smell how rotten and stinky it is,” said Broun.
He then veered into conspiracy theory territory by claiming that President Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, formed a dangerous cabal of a “socialistic elite” who had plans to use a pandemic, like the swine flu or other natural disaster to declare martial law.
“They’re trying to develop an environment where they can take over,” “We’ve seen that historically,” Broun ominously told his attentive constituents.
He next hit on the “deather” meme by agreeing with an audience member who said Obama’s health plan would “let the old folks die.” “Eventually, mama will be lying in bed until she gets pneumonia and dies,” said Broun.
Broun is not averse to stroking the fires with dangerous hate and fear mongering, which in the current climate of Democratic town halls overrun with angry right-wing mobs, is shamefully irresponsible for a U.S. lawmaker.
Broun previously called President Obama a “Marxist” who advocated policies like those of Adolph Hitler. He later apologized for his remarks saying, “I regret putting it that way.” “I apologize to anyone who has taken offense at that.”
But then in the next breath Broun restated his previous remarks, “We can’t be lulled into complacency,” Broun added. “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,” Broun said.
Broun promised his town hall audience members that he would vote against a Democratic health care reform bill, “no matter what.”