Wednesday, October 5, 2011


October 5, 2011

Oh no! Not that guy. Now Paul Broun represents us in Washington and the whole world thinks we’re all as ill-informed and skewed as he is. Redistricting has bestowed upon us this gentleman whose off-the-wall pronouncements have made him a laughing stock, labeled the dumbest guy in Congress.
Sure, he’ll keep blurting out the buzzwords about “socialists” and “liberals” and panicking people. But does he actually know what he’s quacking about?
Dr Broun, darling of the tea party, comes with a laundry list of silly statements that he retracts and un-retracts, but with no record of any real achievement for country, state or district. He hates Obama claiming he’s a dictator who seeks to impose martial law. Somebody tell this man hating Obama and spouting rubbish isn’t enough of a qualification to make him our congressman.
So before putting a check against Broun’s name come next election we need to take a good look at the man who presumes to represent Walton County. And before his followers start howling about a “vicious diatribe” let’s be clear that what follows are Broun’s own words. So ehh, what’s up, doc?
First, that blind attack on the president.
Quack 1: Broun has called Obama a Nazi-like Marxist dictator forming a Gestapo-type force. Why? Obama had agreed with US Army demands that a civilian corps take over some of the national security burden. Broun invoked Hitler. He conjoined the Nazis with the Soviets, proving he doesn’t know that these two were sworn enemies. And he added: “It may sound a bit crazy and off base.” Yessir, it sure does.
Quack 2: He is one of the “deathers’ – that cadre of shameful politicians seeking to terrify old folk by falsely claiming “Obamacare”, as they call it, will kill them through denied medical attention. This a thinly-disguised variation on the earlier “granny killing” deception used by many Republicans to create mass hysteria among our seniors. He also said Canadians and British “don’t have the appreciation of life as we do.” Ridiculous outright lies from Dr Death.
Quack 3: He claims man-made climate change is “a hoax.” Every scientific body on earth attributes global warming overwhelmingly to human activity, but Broun knows different. With no proof to the contrary, he accuses the world’s physicists of a “conspiracy”. To do what, Professor Brounstein, a conspiracy to preserve the planet?
Quack 4: Again without producing a speck of supporting evidence, he implies that the Council On American Islamic Relations is a terrorist organization for “planting spies in key national security-related congressional offices.” Oh please!
Quack 5: Another colossal socialist plot, this time from the Center For Disease Control reporting on our eating habits. He said: “They want all the power of the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. They going to be calling people and finding out how many fruits and vegetables you eat today. This is socialism of the highest order!" Or could this be Broun’s babbling of the highest order.
Quack 6: He inferred the BP oil spill was deliberately not cleaned up promptly and properly because Obama wanted to use that crisis as an excuse to introduce an energy tax. “I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not. I don’t know.” Correct, Dr Broun, you really don’t know.
Quack 7: In a public display of petulance last year Broun boasted that he was refusing to complete his census form. Nobody could understand the point of this protest because the Constitution says the census must be conducted “in such a manner as Congress shall by law direct.” He’s in Congress. It’s the law. Therefore it’s constitutional and not Broun’s, as an individual, to decide.
The $100 fine he faced was nothing compared to the cost of sending a census official to his house to get the needed information... and adding to the deficit.
So that’s what I see the good doctor doing: harrumphing nonsense.
The Hippocratic Oath he took avowed he would do no-one harm. Unfortunately, he’s decided this doesn’t apply to people’s minds, so ramp up the scare tactics. The homos are coming. And the abortionists, the Muslims and Mexicans. And the Marxists and Nazis, skipping along hand-in-hand. They’re coming to get us, a horde of disparate enemies all armed with AIDS needles and tacos and little red Mao books, Das Kapital and Sharia Law and they’re going to...
Going to what, Dr. Broun? The fearmonger thinks slogans can keep us all terrified of non-existent bogeymen. Call him out on it. That scary monster in the closet becomes a teddy bear once mommy turns the light on.
So not me, Dr Broun. You don’t speak for me. And I venture there are quite a few folks round here who prefer straightforward, sensible talk that doesn’t seek to hoodwink people with puerile, transparent catchphrases.
When a town hall attendee asked who would shoot Obama, Broun validated the creep’s obviously terroristic remark with a giggle. He’s 65. Retirement age. We should retire him.
Comedian George Carlin once reminded us that out there somewhere is the worst doctor in the world. I can’t judge Broun’s level of medical competence: he might be brilliant, he might be terrible. But what I do know is that for Walton County and America he’s bad medicine.


© 2011 Fred Wehner is a journalist formerly with the Daily Mail in London, who then founded and ran the New York News Agency before settling in Monroe 21 years ago.