Broun defends remarks

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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun's fear that President-elect Barack Obama might take Americans' guns and use a new national security force to declare himself dictator, as Adolf Hitler did in Nazi Germany, is a legitimate concern, the Athens Republican said Tuesday.

A day after raising the possibility that Mr. Obama could be the next Hitler or a Soviet-style Marxist leader, Dr. Broun stood by his remarks and defended them as appropriate for a congressman.

"I firmly believe that we must not fall victim to the 'it can't happen here' mentality," Dr. Broun said in a news release Tuesday. "I adhere to the adage 'eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.' "

Democrats called Dr. Broun's views extreme.

"Broun's neo-McCarthyism has no place in today's political environment," said Martin Matheny, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Georgia.

Comparisons to Hitler are despicable because they trivialize the Holocaust, whether they come from the left about President Bush or from the right about Mr. Obama, said Athens-Clarke County Mayor Heidi Davison, a Jewish Democrat.

"I don't like people who flippantly use either 'Hitler' or 'Nazi' to describe the actions of other people, at all, ever," Ms. Davison said.

By making such controversial statements, Dr. Broun might find it difficult to get work done in Washington, she said.

"He does put himself in the position when he makes comments like that, that he could potentially fracture relationships with people who he has to work with," she said.

Dr. Broun said in the news release that he hopes Mr. Obama will be a bipartisan executive and is "eager to work with our president-elect when he is constitutionally correct."

Dr. Broun's comments reflect the fears of many Republicans who believe Mr. Obama has a shadowy background that wasn't fully explored by the press, said Jim Box, the chairman of the Clarke County GOP.

"The question is, where's this guy going?" Mr. Box said. "A lot of people are raising suspicions about him."

Dr. Broun made headlines nationwide Monday when -- based on a Colorado speech when Mr. Obama called for a "civilian national security force" -- he raised the possibility that Mr. Obama plans to establish a Nazi- or Soviet-style security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany, and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did," Dr. Broun told the Associated Press on Monday. "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."

Mr. Obama referred to the civilian national security force as part of a call for expanding the Peace Corps and other volunteer programs and encouraging young people to commit to public service overseas and in poor parts of the country, according to a July 2 Chicago Tribune article about the speech.

Media outlets sensationalized Dr. Broun's comments about the Obama speech, he said, but he reiterated his concerns about Mr. Obama's tax and gun policies.

"I never called Mr. Obama a communist, nor did I accuse him of being Hitler, but I do not apologize for stating the obvious: His socialist views are out of the mainstream of American political thought, and history shows that 'civilian national security forces' bode ill for citizens," Dr. Broun said.

Paul Broun: U.S. representative stood by comments he made on Monday drawing parallels between Barack Obama and Hitler, saying media outlets have blown them out of proportion and that citizens must remain vigilant.

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dickworth1
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dickworth1 11/12/08 - 04:54 am
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I agree that we need to be
Unpublished

I agree that we need to be prepared for any such actions and the
democrats should understand that a lot of republicans voted
for the democrat, not because they liked him, but because they wanted the republicans to know how bad the current president has done. Democrats should not think that this was a mandate
to do whatever these liberal leftist think.

Tujeez
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Tujeez 11/12/08 - 05:29 am
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dickworth1, Those that DID

dickworth1, Those that DID NOT Learn the Lesson of Bill Clinton Should Remove themselves from the True Republican Party. The Malingerers only Make necessary the Shuffling of the Ranks when they Leave for the Teats of the Leftist Sow. During the "Good Times" they dilute the True Message of Republican Ideals. National Responsibility is NOT for the Faint of Heart. Lilly-Livered is A Democratic Fundamental Ideal. The Jewish Community Chose Obama, And the jewish Community Shall Be Responsible For Choosing The Anti-Christ as Well. Let Us Pray, That the Twain, are Not The Same.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 06:19 am
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If Obama doesn't want to be

If Obama doesn't want to be compared with the actions taken by Hitler, then he shouldn't repeat ideas put forward by Hitler. Keep in mind, Hitler didn't start out by saying he was going to throw people into concentration camps and ovens and try to take over the world with military force. He started by putting forth ideas of national unity, of national single mindedness, of socialist philosophy. His whole premiss was to help a struggling Germany recover from World War I, the war to end all wars. Rep. Broun's comments aren't saying Obama is following the same path, they are saying he LOOKS like he is. Wasn't the Democrat party the entity that put forth the concept of "...appearance of impropriety"?

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fred1217 11/12/08 - 06:51 am
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Wow, we went from having our

Wow, we went from having our patriotism questioned for even questioning the Bush/Cheney/Halliburton Iraq Invasion and Occupation to now having a sitting U.S. Congressman calling the duly elected President-Elect Obama a Hitler type dictator or a "Nazi"? Where’s the "Fair and Balance" police? Maybe Bill O'Reilly will cover this one.

getagrip
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getagrip 11/12/08 - 07:32 am
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We all have our fears based

We all have our fears based on Obama's associations and some of the comments he made during the campaign. Rep.Broun's comments would not have made national news if he was not a representative and alot of people other than politicians have these fears. Had the main stream media covered Obama's comments Rep. Broun would not have been compelled to speak out. Cudos to him for doing so.

ssell9889
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ssell9889 11/12/08 - 07:41 am
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recall broun....he is an

recall broun....he is an idiot

SCGAL53
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SCGAL53 11/12/08 - 07:46 am
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Go Broun- tell it like it is.

Go Broun- tell it like it is. Don't hold back.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 07:49 am
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fred, RA, ssell, your

fred, RA, ssell, your enthusiastic cheering for your team is causing you to act intentionally blind. Foolishness isn't patriotic, it's foolish.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/12/08 - 07:53 am
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This man is making noise only

This man is making noise only now because he's in that seat, if he had said all of this when he was trying to be elected, he WOULD NOT be in that seat. Again his views is part of a dying breed. When will people like him and our everyday posters come up from out of the racial mire.

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/12/08 - 07:55 am
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Which is it, the AJC says he

Which is it, the AJC says he REGRETS making the remarks but the Chronicle says he defends making the remarks, so the chronicle may be trying to bait.

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areyoukidding 11/12/08 - 08:05 am
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When the idiots rave for

When the idiots rave for their team we get - It is my right to have an opinion. When the MAJORITY put forth their ideas - we are foolish. I thought the jokes about a disabled man eing sexually abused was PTs all time low. Please stay aligned with the idiot Broun where you belong.

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shivas 11/12/08 - 08:08 am
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The article left out that all

The article left out that all Georgia Republican members of congress have distanced themselves from Broun and called his remarks ridiculous. The poor right-wing is emabarressing themselves once again.

Interested Citizen
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Interested Citizen 11/12/08 - 08:17 am
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I am ashamed to say that you

I am ashamed to say that you represent Georgia.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 08:17 am
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Running away from a question

Running away from a question doesn't provide an answer. Ignoring a challenge doesn't solve a problem. Acting as though Obama didn't make this comment is a fools game.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 11/12/08 - 08:18 am
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areyoukidding, I always think

areyoukidding, I always think you're kidding.

Aliyah
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Aliyah 11/12/08 - 08:35 am
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Way to go.Finally someone

Way to go.Finally someone with a True Backbone.Yes, you had better heed the warning.Others tried to warn but it was not heeded to.I am so Proud of Mr.Broun.I am glad he is in office.Because we will be kept informed of the idot things this new administration will try to do to us.I am so Proud of Our President Bush.He has kept us safe since we were attacked on September 11,2000.

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karmakills123 11/12/08 - 08:44 am
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Broun may be finished..but

Broun may be finished..but keep in mind he has spoken aloud what MANY all over the world are thinking...so as long we speak about the possibility of pelosi and her puppet trying to "invade" our country they will not be able to...keeping that nagging doubt way back peoples minds will keep the Socialist party away. and keep pelosi and barry on a tight leash.....good job Broun.

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whoami_abcd 11/12/08 - 09:03 am
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Call Bush a Hitler, and it's

Call Bush a Hitler, and it's freedom of speech. Call Obama a Hitler and it's inappropriate. Cool beans.

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convertedsoutherner 11/12/08 - 09:04 am
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James Pethokopukis, reporter

James Pethokopukis, reporter for the U.S. News and World Reports, relates on October 16 that a University of Chicago professor he spoke with and who knew Obama considered him “…as close to a full-out Marxist as anyone who has ever run for President of the United States.”

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sucram 11/12/08 - 09:08 am
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Observers such as us can make

Observers such as us can make a lot of outlandish comments as get away with it. But a sitting US Congressman cannot say things like this before this president takes office. I saw this story on several national news programs and websites. This may affect any federal assistance that is needed in the area.

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christian134 11/12/08 - 09:14 am
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This is a free country last I

This is a free country last I checked sucram...A U.S. Congressman speaking what he believes rather than what the program dictates is great...Rather refreshing...

jackfruitpaper833
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jackfruitpaper833 11/12/08 - 09:28 am
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Why didn't he makes the

Why didn't he makes the comments during his bid to be elected? why now?

Ben There
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Ben There 11/12/08 - 09:28 am
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I seriously doubt Paul Broun

I seriously doubt Paul Broun would say these things if Obama was a white man.

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imdstuf 11/12/08 - 09:31 am
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The Patriot Act under Bush

The Patriot Act under Bush was just like the Enabling Act under Hitler. If Broun wants to make comparisons maybe he should study history.

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realistineducation 11/12/08 - 09:33 am
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this only confirms that the

this only confirms that the man is an idiot, who elected this dumba--

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RogueKnight 11/12/08 - 09:33 am
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Yeah, like Americans will

Yeah, like Americans will ALLOW a U.S. President to declare himself dictator. That would be the beginning of a new American revolution. I didn't vote for Obama, but I am willing to give the man a fair shake. I did, however, vote for Broun, and now I'm thinking he didn't deserve my vote, in light of his recent remarks. I don't buy into all the fear and hate mongering.

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soldout 11/12/08 - 09:43 am
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Time will prove Broun right.

Time will prove Broun right. If others join him and speak out it will slow Obama down. If you trust a president who thinks killing babies is okay you need to re-think that. He has no sense of right or wrong. That position shows his heart. Those who believe in abortion have a spirit of death.

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Dukedirtbag 11/12/08 - 09:44 am
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first they play the "race

first they play the "race card" now they play the "Hitler card"
what card will be played next??

Tujeez
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Tujeez 11/12/08 - 09:45 am
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jackfruitpooper,Keep up the

jackfruitpooper,Keep up the overborne comments,3 to 1 is a good margin. you'd make a good Howler Monkey.

Tujeez
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Tujeez 11/12/08 - 09:48 am
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sucram, You worried that you

sucram, You worried that you wont get your handout. Maybe he can blow it for all of Georgias' Entitlement Crowd. Serves you right for not becoming an ACORN Volunteer.

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