Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Congressmen from Crazytown

I’m trying to figure out when congress became Crazytown. It’s bad enough that hysterical mobs call President Obama a socialist and a Nazi and accuse him of all sorts of nefarious plots and schemes, but when a congressman does the same thing it makes one wonder:
[Georgia Republican Rep. Paul] Broun, who last year made national news by comparing Obama to Hitler, called Cuba's former dictator Fidel Castro and leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Obama's "good buddy."

He also spoke of a "socialistic elite" - Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid - who might use a pandemic disease or natural disaster as an excuse to declare martial law.

"They're trying to develop an environment where they can take over," he said. "We've seen that historically."
Look. If there is one thing that is not going to happen, it’s the cancellation of an election. We’ve held elections nine times during bona fide wars; we’re not going to cancel one because of the flu or an earthquake. (In 1918, we held midterms election despite fighting a world war and a flu pandemic. God forbid, but I’m sure we can do it again if we have to).

Sadly, it’s not just the crazies in the Republican caucus who get so hysterical that they develop delusions about canceled elections and martial law. In July, 2007 our very own Rep. John Olver said “at [a] meeting with constituents that he could envision the United States attacking Iran and Bush declaring martial law, suspending the 2008 elections.”

Can we just discuss the issues as they are presented, and not try to figure out how our political opponents are trying use those issues to become dictators? Because as far as I can tell, that is not and has not been part of anyone’s plan. On either side.
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