Broun tries to pull fast one

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I said that U.S. Rep. Paul Broun’s venomous remarks about President Obama after his election in 2008 would make Broun persona non grata in Congress and eventually hurt the constituents of his district. My opinion is still the same. How he still holds this office is incredulous to me.

Now, in the dead of night, Broun offered an amendment to a spending bill recently that would have stripped the Department of Justice’s ability to enforce part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Fortunately, U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a hero of the civil rights movement, took Broun behind the wood shed and made him withdraw his amendment. Broun’s lack of creditability over this episode, even among his peers, was evident that evening.

Broun’s maneuver disregards all civility and, more specifically, the true meaning of this law that ensures a place in the democratic process for disenfranchised African-Americans and poor white people across the South. Broun callously ignored that, not too long ago, it was almost impossible for many folks in Georgia to even register to vote. To vote back in the day, folks were given dehumanizing literacy tests and, in one case of nearly 70 questions, asked the “applicant”: “Who is the solicitor general of the judicial circuit in which you live, and who is the judge of such district? If there is more than one judge, name them all.” I liken this to asking someone how many bubbles there are in a bar of soap.

Nonetheless, it was a foregone conclusion if someone miraculously passed this test, they would be deemed unqualified for other reasons, anyway. If this was not bad enough, “applicants” almost always faced a poll tax.

Georgia politicians, on both sides of the aisle, are notorious for gerrymandering voting districts, and because of this history, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 must stand for the time being. Any hope of it changing in the future evaporated with Broun’s late-night stunt.

Usually, what from comes from one’s mouth comes from their heart. Broun is what he is, and should not be re-elected.

Alex Cawthon

Thomson

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KSL
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KSL 05/21/12 - 04:24 am
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Obama's hopes of being

Obama's hopes of being reelected seem to hinge on corruption of our voting laws right now, so it seems. See the latest polls.

TParty
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TParty 05/21/12 - 06:40 am
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Broun is terrible. Every time

Broun is terrible. Every time I check in to see how he voted on a bill that takes away our liberties and makes the government more powerful- he vote in favor of bigger government, and less freedoms. The NDAA is a classic example, where there is indefinite detention of persons the government suspects of involvement in terrorism. And with terrorism being so... amorphous, a person can be labeled or though of a terrorist just for owning a rifle or pistol. Or maybe when one goes to a protest, because the people are unhappy of bailing out the banks.

That's just one example- but go look at his record. Loves a bigger and more powerful government.

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DuhJudge 05/21/12 - 07:15 am
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No he doesn't. Dr. Broun has

No he doesn't. Dr. Broun has stood alone in defense of the traditional understanding of the Constitution many times, and that makes me proud. This district has not suffered because he disagrees with other Congressmen nor the President. He speaks for me when he argues to open people's eyes to the tyranny and the oppression that new laws put on our backs. Dr.Broun does something most Congressmen don't do....he reads the bill before he votes.

TParty
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TParty 05/21/12 - 07:39 am
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DuhJudge: With the exception

DuhJudge:

With the exception of being anti-Obama, and anti-Obamacare, can you provide any evidence based on his voting record which shows Broun fighting again tyranny and oppression?

Broun reads bills before he votes? I doubt it. On his facebook, he likes to link news articles sometimes, and then give his opinion on whatever the article is about. Then you read the article and you'll see that nothing he posted matches with what was written in the article!! That his 'facts' do not match up with the facts of the paper. That is poor reading comprehension at best. Time and time he does this.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 07:53 am
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Back in the Day

Alex Cawthon wrote:

(N)ot too long ago, it was almost impossible for many folks in Georgia to even register to vote.

Yeah, that was back in the day when the Democrat party ruled Georgia.

Retired Army
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Retired Army 05/21/12 - 08:29 am
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Little Lamb 7:53 And then the

Little Lamb 7:53 And then the Democrats in Congress passed a little ol' hindrance to Dixie known as the Voting Rights Act and any "right thinking" white person became a Republican almost overnight.

This is known as the "Southern Strategy" and is the basis to this day for hostility to the Republican party from the majority of the black voting block. That's called self preservation on their part.

The rallying cry for Conservatives and Republicans like Paul Broun has been and remains "I want my country back".

Really? They would like to have the nation back to which period? The recent one where blacks who tried to organize voters drives were beaten and lynched? Maybe we should get back to the less recent time when women could not vote. I can see the heads nodding in the audience on that one. Ah heck, let's just get on back to slavery and 3/5ths of a human being an' ol' massa will takes good care of you.

boodroe
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boodroe 05/21/12 - 09:07 am
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Paul Broun

So it seems after years of being in the district Paul Broun serves I have been redistricted in John Barrow's district a blue dog democrat Oh the joy Broun was annoying enough with his town hall meeting calls now it seems I get 3 a week from Barrow why can't politicans be on the do not call list

TParty
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TParty 05/21/12 - 09:07 am
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Ha! I just found out Paul

Ha! I just found out Paul Broun is on his fourth marriage! What great values.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 05/21/12 - 09:12 am
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Yes, who knows what would

Yes, who knows what would happen if we didn't have Eric Holder and the Justice Department to protect us from the New Black Panthers wielding clubs at the polling place.

The Voting Rights Act is obsolete, overcome by events, and is selectively enforced by this biased Justice Department. It needs to be eliminated or rewritten.

And if anyone is still disenfranchised after the voting rights act being in effect for 50 years it's something THEY are doing wrong. Emmigrants of all colors come here from all over the world and excel in one generation. The welfare, food stamp, section 8 "disenfranchised" home grown whiners have nobody to blame but themselves. If they think they are disenfranchised, let me assure you it has nothing to do with voting rights.

faithson
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faithson 05/21/12 - 09:16 am
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characterless

The man backed into his election when Mr. Whitehouse's group made a terrible mistake. Why Columbia County cannot find a respectable prudent candidate to run against Broun only goes to show that so many republicans are all talk.

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virgilkane 05/21/12 - 09:24 am
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He cant keep his own life in

He cant keep his own life in order (bankruptcies, kids are repeat felons, been married four times, can’t practice medicine anymore) much less ours. I will vote for ANY democrat, republican, or independent that runs against him.

TParty
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TParty 05/21/12 - 09:54 am
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virgikane. Do you have

virgikane.

Do you have sources to back that up? It took me a while to find the married four times, but it's only from Wiki.

EDIT: And I'm trying to find the years he served in the Marines. I've seen him say he served "pre-Vietnam", however some negative ads claim that is false- he served during the war.

virgilkane
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virgilkane 05/21/12 - 09:52 am
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2 more arrests for Broun's

2 more arrests for Broun's son
http://onlineathens.com/stories/031011/new_797193076.shtml

Broun falsified financial documents in an effort to obtain a loan and misrepresented his assets and debts during bankruptcy proceedings, a federal judge ruled in 1983. He ordered Broun to pay an Americus bank $69,653.07.

http://onlineathens.com/stories/063008/news_20080630015.shtml

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 10:09 am
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1983

That was a long time ago. He has straightened his finances out since then.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 05/21/12 - 10:56 am
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Dementia or selective memory?
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Some opinion writers must suffer from one or the other affliction. If I'm not mistaken, obama, in the cover of night and behind closed doors, enacted the single most devastating piece of crap, I mean legislation in American history. Mr. Cawthon, democrats use one-way streets. Fortunately, most true Americans believe in two-way streets.

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InChristLove 05/21/12 - 11:00 am
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I don't know much about the

I don't know much about the man but I find it rather hilarious that people will use the fact that the man has been married 4 times.....okay, maybe it took him a while to settle down and actually understand what committment and marriage means. Although marriage and divorce is not ideal, the man has been married to his fourth (and hopefully last) wife 23 years.

As for the issues his son has been in. Wasn't it just a few days ago that many commenters posted that people should not be held responsible for what their ADULT children do. I do believe his son is about 20 or 21 and his parents have no control over what choices his son makes in life. As we all well know, you can raise your children in good stable homes but once they are out on their own it's like they go brain dead.

Mention of the bankruptcy....this occurred over 25 years ago. It's sad that poor choices we make in our young adult life come back to be used against us several decades after we have matured and learned from our mistakes.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 11:44 am
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Exactly

Exactly, ICL

TParty
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TParty 05/21/12 - 12:12 pm
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Children should be off

Children should be off limits- until they decide to take an issue and promote it on their own.

Being married four times, or three times like Newt, says a lot about the person, especially when they are against homosexuals marrying because of sanctity of it all. But this isn't about that issue.

The point of bringing up his four wives, his voting record, his lying about his military service, his financial problems- all point to this guy not representing anything most American's would believe is acceptable. And why is it this guy cannot practice medicine?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 12:44 pm
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10th District

TParty, Paul Broun is not running a national campaign. It does not matter what "most Americans" believe. It matters only what the majority of those voting in the 10th District election believe.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/21/12 - 12:47 pm
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Opposition?

I haven't been keeping up with this race, since I've been shifted into the new 12th District; but does Paul Broun have a challenger in the Republican primary race?

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/21/12 - 12:56 pm
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TParty, the only thing that

TParty, the only thing that multiple marriages say about someone is that they evidently didn't know how to pick a spouse. Since Broun has been married for 23 years and no news of any spousal disbutes I'd say his marriage is fairly stable. As for Newt, he was married to his first wife 19 years, married to his second wife 19 years, and his third wife 12 years. All I have to say is she might get a little nervous in about 7 years. Give him some credit for at least marrying her and it is a "she".

One can believe that the holiness of matrimony is the union of a man and woman only, but not necessarily follow the value of that holiness. Most times we know what is right but do the wrong thing anyway, human nature you know.

I find it odd that you would reference what most American's believe is acceptable in contrast to your view on what these two men represent.........America's "values" don't seem to be in any better shape than your view of these men's. We have many couples living together out of the bonds of marriage, we have homosexuality becoming more acceptable and even pressing the issue of marriage, we have corrupt business organizations and leaders mentioned daily in regard to financial misconduct. I would think that your opinion of their values fall right in step with what most American's believe is acceptable today.

TParty
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TParty 05/21/12 - 01:08 pm
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Polls show most American's

Polls show most American's are cool with equal rights for gays, to include marriage. And I only brought it up because I find it interesting when people, especially law makers can do as they please, but they want to prevent others from doing the things they enjoy. But I digress-

Luke 16:18 shows Broun actions do not meet a simple standard Jesus talked about. And it is simple.

Even if you're okay with him marrying a bunch of different times- I still say- look at his voting record. He goes with bigger government, and less liberty every time (with the ONLY exception of Obamacare) there is a chance.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 05/21/12 - 02:20 pm
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You are correct TParty,

You are correct TParty, Broun's action where divorce and remarriage is concerned doesn't mean the standards Jesus talked about but if I hear correctly (or read correctly) Broun did not become a Christian until about 20 years ago and since he has been married for 25 years to the same woman all his Christian life, Jesus has forgiven Mr. Broun of his sin (which is divorce) and is not under comdemnation anylonger. Jesus remembers his sin no more. Isn't that wonderful. Wish human's were that forgiving.

faithson
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faithson 05/21/12 - 02:28 pm
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'the only thing that multiple

'the only thing that multiple marriages say about someone is that they evidently didn't know how to pick a spouse'. Unless they have a D after their name!

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/21/12 - 03:48 pm
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" Why Columbia County cannot

" Why Columbia County cannot find a respectable prudent candidate to run against Broun only goes to show that so many republicans are all talk."

Broun won with the Athens vote, including Democrats who voted in that election. He got close to 90% of the Clark County vote vs 33% of Columbia County, so how do you like 'dem apples?

How he keeps winning, I don't know. Never cared for the man myself.

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/21/12 - 06:32 pm
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Don't Denigrate Broun's Service

I don't get denigrating anyone who served honorably as Paul Broun did. He characterized his enlistment in the Marine Reserves in 1964-1967 as "pre-Vietnam era." That's simply a way of him saying he didn't serve in Vietnam which really didn't heat up until about 1966-1970 although the war went on for few more years. Most Marine reserve units didn't go to Vietnam. He was a young jet Marine jet engine mechanic.

His opponent claimed over 200 people had died in Vietnam by the time Broun enlisted. That may be true because the war had started slowly with advisors and so on. The bulk of the 55,000 Americans killed came about from 66-70.

Realize Broun also served time on active duty and in the reserves as a Navy Officer after becoming a physician. I see nothing but positives in his military career.

JohnBrownAug
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JohnBrownAug 05/21/12 - 06:36 pm
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By the Way, I'm not a Broun Supporter

I supported Jim Whitehead and Barry Fleming in their races against him.

fedex227
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fedex227 05/23/12 - 10:06 pm
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I actually voted for Paul
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I actually voted for Paul Broun because I felt he had something different to offer and had a unique perspective to bring to congress (unlike what I felt was the same old rhetoric coming from Jim Whitehead). If I had known he would become a 'birther'; portray the President as a "dictator ready to impose martial law"; and wanted to "take back the government from the socialists" I never would have voted for him. It's embarrassing to have someone like this represent us in congress. My apologies for contributing to this situation.

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