After raising an insufficient number of eyebrows with his comments to the Martinez-Evans Rotary Club yesterday, Georgia Congressman Paul Broun (R-Can’t Get Sworn In) decided to up the ante in an interview with the Associated Press.
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.”
And just in case he didn’t set off enough crazy alarms, he decided to go ahead and invoke Godwin’s Law for good measure:
“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.”
I remain skeptical of President-Elect Obama and his intentions, as I should have remained skeptical of President Bush and the Republicans in Congress over the last 8 years. That said, I think if we as Republicans want to represent a credible opposition, we probably should fight actual battles as proposals are made, instead of diminishing the little capital we currently have with crazy talk like this.
In the mean time, I will continue to hope that our new President is actually successful, that America prospers under his leadership, and that we remain a country that is the envy of the world. It is in that spirit that I will continue to support him until he actually proposes something I can’t support. Then, and only then, will I consider calling him a Nazi to ensure that my protest and opposition is completely ignored.