Will the GOP Use Violence To Get What They Want?
October 23, 2010
(ChattahBox Op/Ed) – Most of you don’t know who Stephen Broden is and it is my fervent hope that after you read this you won’t hear his name again. Who he is is a pastor from Texas who is a Republican nominee for Congress. What he stands for is disturbing and radical. Even more troubling is the fact hat he is being solidly supported by the Republican National Committee.
Why is this so troubling?
Broden is on record with his inflammatory rhetoric comparing America to Nazi Germany and advocating; with real heat, a violent overthrow of the government if the election doesn’t go the GOP’s way in 2010. His flame throwing words are remarkable as his extremist views and speeches have been widely criticized by Democrats and Republicans alike, yet Michael Steele, the Chairman of the RNC recently came into Broden’s CD and campaigned on his behalf.
Now, in all honestly, this extremist Republican has little chance of being elected but his insistent hate filled speech toward the U.S. government is extreme by most any standard. Broden calls the government tyrannical and says violence is not the first option, but it is certainly something that is on the table. For whom?
I mean, I get that people are unhappy. I get that some want change pretty freaking bad. I do get that, but is violence really the answer? Is the government really tyrannical? He has accused Obama as contriving and setting up the economic crash in the housing, banking, and automotive industry. Broden scolded the American people for not being more outraged, comparing them to Jews”walking into the furnaces” under the Nazi regime in Germany. Now, in fairness, Broden did say that he wasn’t trying to compare President Barack Obama to Hitler and it was a mistake to link the U.S. in 2010 to Nazi Germany, but he did say it and we cannot ignore that he said it, can we?
How the hell did this guy win his primary election? Why would the GOP throw needed resources at someone who has no chance at all of being elected? And why, I mean seriously why would the GOP NOT distance themselves from his remarks? This really makes no sense.
GOP officials in Texas are not overly embracing Broden but they are not distancing themselves from him much either. If this guy were a Democrat saying the same things it would be national news.
Although not a Tea Party candidate, Broden has attended Tea Party rallies, but it also got me thinking, as it’s a bit scary, but it did get me thinking that maybe even he is too extreme for the Tea Party, if there is such a thing.
This kind of hate speech is not uncommon during election time, but it is usually the language of a third party type candidate that gets a chance every two years to be heard through the process. That is our First Amendment at work. But this is a major party candidate advocating an overthrowing of our government if things don’t go the way he wants them to go. I know we have our differences but is the Second Amendment really an option that should be considered? I think not!
When all this talk of change results in the nomination of candidates like we have seen in this election cycle it does make one wonder where the disconnect is. I think I have the answer, and I have shared it with you before, but it merits repeating.
When Obama was elected on the message of change and hope it made Republican’s nervous. They saw an America that they could lose their grip on. Their own party was fracturing and splintering away so they went back to all they really know how to do and that is to lie and obfuscate to wrestle control of the message away from the Democrats.
I will say my one major qualm with the Democratic Party has always been that they prefer to let their records speak for itself while Republicans prefer to let Republicans speak for themselves. That is why they have success with their message; because in large part they are the only ones doing the talking and when that happens people gravitate toward the message, true or not.
Democrats often make the mistake of resting on their accomplishments where as Republicans make their living hijacking that message and destroying it.
Pastor Stephen Broden will hopefully float away quickly enough. This is not the kind of leadership I believe any political party is advocating for, but the GOP and Chairman Steele better be careful because some of us are paying attention and when it comes time to accept responsibility we will know who to blame and we all know politicians hate taking blame. I believe that Michael Steele is on his way out as Chairman of the GOP anyway, no matter what happens on November 2, but with relationships like this all he is really doing is speeding up the process.