'Hitler' remarks out of line

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U.S. Rep Paul Broun, R-Ga., has won himself national attention for making the harshest criticism of Barack Obama since he became president-elect. What the congressman has won for his 10th Congressional District constituents, however, is a huge dose of embarrassment.

Broun, who already has a reputation among his colleagues as being something of a flake, added to that perception Monday when he said, "I may sound a bit crazy." Why? Because he fears that Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship on the nation.

"I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may ... have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism," said Broun.

We think the Republican Party has a problem with Broun's big mouth. He cites as evidence of the president-elect's "radical Marxism" a proposal Obama made some months ago to establish a civilian force to help the military with national security.

In a seemingly hysterical reference, Broun proclaimed, "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did."

In truth, Obama's call for a civilian defense corps has raised some ominous concerns. He hasn't made clear what he means by it or even if he is serious.

A lot of people were also troubled by the thug-like conduct of the mob that gathered outside of his Philadelphia headquarters on election night. If they are what he means by a civilian defense corps, then there is reason to worry.

But a more benign interpretation of Obama's campaign comments is that he was calling for an enhanced role for groups like AmeriCorps and the Peace Corps, not armed brown shirts; not even, we hope, for another civilian bureaucracy, which we also don't need.

In any event, Broun was way overboard with his partisan potshots. Maybe he just wanted to bring attention to himself. But this is not the time for Broun, or any other GOP politician, to go after Obama. He won the presidency fair and square and is entitled to a honeymoon period when every American should wish him well. After all, if his presidency succeeds America succeeds and if it fails, well, that's America's failure too -- and is something none of us should want to see.

For now, Republicans should hold their fire until Obama does something to fire at. There was plenty of criticism about things Obama said during the campaign -- but that didn't bring him down; further knocks on his campaign rhetoric won't bring him down now.

Wait until he actually does something -- something wrong -- before criticizing. Sooner or later every president makes mistakes for the loyal opposition to criticize, and Obama will be no exception. But wait for the mistakes to happen; don't manufacture them.

Republicans don't want to be defined by Broun's 'Hitler' remarks. It would make them sound like partisan, petty-minded spoil sports. Americans had their fill of that from hyper-partisan Democrats and their media allies who went way overboard piling on President Bush for the last eight years.

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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 06:35 am
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Just because it quacks like a

Just because it quacks like a duck and waddles like a duck and has feathers like a duck, doesn't mean it's a duck. It could be a "magic negro" in a duck costume not trying to trick everyone.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 06:36 am
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Yes AC, we know you didn't

Yes AC, we know you didn't endorse Rep. Broun.

stadry
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stadry 11/12/08 - 06:41 am
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where is there ANYTHING in

where is there ANYTHING in obama's resume suggesting he'll not govern ( or rule as has been stated ! ) from the left ? ? ? the chronicle's comments should be directed to the president-elect for his comparison to historical action & precedence,,, any doubt the answer would be predictable ? ? ?

carcraft
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carcraft 11/12/08 - 07:02 am
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Obama's remarks about his

Obama's remarks about his national defense force being on par with the military is looner than Rep Broun comments! It should scare the h*ll out of prople because the only reason the military exists is to destroy our enemies. Souldn't all those peace loving privacy seeking left wing hippie wanna bees be disturbed by the prospect of a second military as powerfull and well funded as the first? Why did Obama purpose such a weird thing!

JimCox
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JimCox 11/12/08 - 07:09 am
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Hopefully someone will step

Hopefully someone will step forward and challenge Broun in 2010.

The Martian
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The Martian 11/12/08 - 07:16 am
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I think that we should give

I think that we should give Obama a chance, but I also think that we need to watch him very closely. Regardless of what his House colleagues think, Broun is right in what he is saying. No one knows what is in the Obama's brain. We can hope for the best while preparing for the worst!

christian134
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christian134 11/12/08 - 07:23 am
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Broun just stepped forward

Broun just stepped forward and said what so many others, in my opinion, feel like saying...But whatever we must all be alert and aware and play the wait and see game...

Paws..
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Paws.. 11/12/08 - 07:35 am
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If there are valid

If there are valid similarities between Obama and Hitler should those similarities be ignored? Obama grew up with atheist parents and the most influential people in his life have subscribed to Marxist ideology; that is a fact. Everything Obama has done and promised to do is consistent with Marxist ideology. There is no evidence to suggest that Obama is anything other than Marxist.

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Riverman1 11/12/08 - 07:38 am
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You simply can't be taken

You simply can't be taken seriously when you go around calling Americans Nazis and Stallinists.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 07:41 am
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Yeah Riverman1, I agree. Seig

Yeah Riverman1, I agree. Seig hiel !. In truth, Obama wasn't called a Nazi. His comments and theories seem to parallel Hitler's approach and Rep. Broun pointed it out. Should we ignore the actions? Who are you going to believe? Obama or your lying ears?

christian134
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christian134 11/12/08 - 07:43 am
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To believe that it never

To believe that it never could happen is living in a pink fairy dust cloud Riverman1...This country is young compared to the rest of the world...We are still in the growing pain stages...All this must be taken seriously....

shivas
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shivas 11/12/08 - 07:59 am
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Riverman, I think the

Riverman, I think the American people have stated very loudly how seriously they take the right wing. The right-wing kooks seem to enjoy embarressing themselves. But, keep it up, it's good for the Democratic Party, as well as a few laughs.

shivas
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shivas 11/12/08 - 08:05 am
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BREAKING NEWS:

BREAKING NEWS: President-Elect Obama has just announced his intention to appoint only radical Muslim clerics to the Supreme Court. He was also spotted collaborating with Nazi Skinheads, making for quite an interesting power combination. It has now been confirmed that Bill Ayers will head a secret national security force, and that Tony Rezco will be the Chief of HUD. Fianlly, we understand SETI has been asked to locate any hostile alien planet in the universe so a representative may be appointed to his transition team. All of this news comes from the legitimate Right-Wing Review.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 08:08 am
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If all that were true shivas,

If all that were true shivas, you would deny it, just as you are now denying Obamas other words. Who is using who?

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 11/12/08 - 08:26 am
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God help this

God help this country...especially the State of Georgia. It is so sad to read the above comments. God loves everyone of us so please can't we for once in our lifetime be loving people.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 08:27 am
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Close you eyes and all will

Close you eyes and all will be well. A good citizen is a blind citizen. Ignore the man behind the curtain.

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corgimom 11/12/08 - 08:42 am
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"It would make them sound

"It would make them sound like partisan, petty-minded spoil sports." This is why so many people feel that the Republican party no longer represents them. Because they do act like partisan, petty-minded spoil sports.

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bcs2k 11/12/08 - 08:44 am
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wow....it was 4:35am and

wow....it was 4:35am and Pat's so bothered by this Obama situation that she can't sleep good at night. This must be the first time in Pat's life where a black man was in charge of something that impacts her. It sure isn't my first time. *sigh* I hope she keeps the racism to a minimum. No need to get too worked up -- it's pointless. Most Americans have moved beyond that old world mentality.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 08:48 am
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Yes bcs2k, a black man can't

Yes bcs2k, a black man can't be anywhere near as smart and accomplished as Hitler even if he emulates his ideas.. I know because you just told me. Are you telling the truth? Should I call you a liar?

bcs2k
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bcs2k 11/12/08 - 08:51 am
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Interested Citizen; I wish

Interested Citizen; I wish certain AC forum posters could love everyone. It's sad. This has to be the most negative newspaper forum in the United States. There are a lot of right wing fanatics in this camp. if a person is not exactly like "them" then they will be viewed as suspect. Sad. I laugh at their ignorance and pray for them.

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jackfruitpaper833 11/12/08 - 09:00 am
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Again why did Broun wait

Again why did Broun wait until he was elected? Why didn't he say this before hand?

carcraft
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carcraft 11/12/08 - 09:21 am
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This is not about racism.

This is not about racism. Obama made certain statements and associated with certain statements. His buddy Frank in Hawaii when he was growing up was a communist. In Obama's books he talks about seeking out Marxists and communist in college. Black Liberation theology is Marxist. Ayers is not in the right wing of any party. These are Obama's revealed associations. Obama's comment about spreading the wealth is related to what kind of political philosophy? It is not capitalism! Now tell me why you don't think Obama is a Marxist. Paul Braun made an observation about a statement Obama made. Why not address what Obama really meant about his civilian defense force. You can't because nobody really knows. The Press has been to busy figuring how many hair ribbons Palin bought last week to be interested in anything Obama said.

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convertedsoutherner 11/12/08 - 09:24 am
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This reported: James

This reported: James Pethokopukis, reporter for the U S News and World Reports, relates on October 16 that a University of Chicago professorhe spoke with and who knew obama considered him ... "as close to a full-out Marxist as anyone who has ever run for the President of the United States." Could this be possible?

Ben There
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Ben There 11/12/08 - 09:25 am
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Now I understand how an idiot

Now I understand how an idiot like Paul Broun got elected from this district. If the comments from the posters on this article are representative of the voters from this area, it goes to show that the thoughtless, moronic idiots tend to elect people just like themselves!!!

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soldout 11/12/08 - 09:35 am
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Praise God for Broun not

Praise God for Broun not being luke warm. People can't handle the truth about anything. Time will show just how right he is and more should join him. If anyone can trust a man like Obama who thinks killing unborn babies is a good thing they need to re-think that position. That shows his real heart.

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realistineducation 11/12/08 - 09:36 am
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broun is an idiot and an

broun is an idiot and an embarrassment to the state of Georgia. He should be impeached. who in the hell elected this moron?

realistineducation
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realistineducation 11/12/08 - 09:38 am
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soldout , seems as though you

soldout , seems as though you should be on medication. that's not very 'christian like' maybe you should seek help from your pastor, or better yet, a psychiatrist

shivas
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shivas 11/12/08 - 09:40 am
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Does anyone want to relate

Does anyone want to relate the fact that this is the same idea that George W. has pushed during his presidency? Nah, let's just let patriciathomas keep running around with conspiracy theories, and seeing Muslims and Nazi's around every corner. The right-wing is alive and well!!!!

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FringeElement 11/12/08 - 09:45 am
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Obama couldn't hold Hitlers

Obama couldn't hold Hitlers Jock Strap.

soldout
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soldout 11/12/08 - 09:49 am
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"Christian Like" is people

"Christian Like" is people who actually believe the Bible and speak it's truth. I am praying for Obama's salvation and that the White house becomes a Prayer house.

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