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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Paul Broun compares Obama to Hitler

click to enlarge What can Broun do for us? He can start by saying fewer shockingly stupid things.
  • What can Broun do for us? He can start by saying fewer shockingly stupid things.

In the race between Paul Broun and Lynn Westmoreland to be Georgia's Dumbassiest Congressman, Paul Broun just pulled way ahead.

In an interview Monday with the Associated Press, Broun compared President-elect Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

Broun cited a July speech by Obama that has circulated on the Internet in which the then-Democratic presidential candidate called for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military.

"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."

"We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun said. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential.

I love that bit at the end. I'm not comparing him to Hitler, except for the two times I just compared him to Hitler.

The project Obama was referring to in the speech was an expansion of federally-funded Americorps-type public service programs that would perform such Nazi-like functions as giving tuition vouchers to college students who tutor school children, feed the homeless and assist the elderly.

Helping kids learn algebra. Starting WWII and the Holocaust. Pretty much the same thing, right? I can see why Broun is so confused.

Incidentally, one of the Obama plan's inspirations is FDR's Civilian Conservation Corps, which during the Great Depression built several popular parks in Georgia, including a very nice one in Broun's district.

In case you don't remember FDR, Paul, he was President when we beat Hitler.

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