'Who Is Going to Shoot Obama?' Is No Laughing Matter

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Rep. Paul Broun from northeast Georgia is entitled to his opinions about President Obama. It's fine if he doesn't agree with him on policy, and he's free to express that frustration alongside his constituency. What's not fine, though, is offering ANY validation whatsoever to a vile question about assassinating the President.

That's exactly what he did this week, when during a town hall meeting, an attendee yelled out: "Who is going to shoot Obama?" After which some members of the crowd actually laughed. And Broun "chuckled a little bit," according to a reporter at the town meeting. Totally SICK.

According to local news accounts, the representative responded to the question with:

The thing is, I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president that will take a smaller, who will sign a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare.

It's a problem that Broun even justified such a disgusting, inflammatory question with an -- albeit, indirect -- response.

But what strikes me as almost equally frustrating is that the guy is now saying he was "stunned by the question and chose not to dignify it with a response." A lie followed by a twisting of the truth. Hmmm, sounds about right for an extreme right-wing nut-job who has spent the last couple of years spewing ridiculous nonsense about the President, like:

[Obama] has the three things that are necessary to establish an authoritarian government. And so we need to be ever-vigilant, because freedom is precious.

It's a lie that he was stunned. How many times do you think assassination has been mentioned or hinted at (likely more privately than publicly) among hardcore racists Teabaggers ever since before Obama won the Democratic primary? Judging by some of the relatively tame remarks polluting the airwaves by Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck types and signs at rallies, I would guess it's happened more than this once. Broun also has to realize that a lot of his talk is perpetuating his constituents' hateful ideas.

I have to say, though, of course I appreciate that the guy issued a statement condemning "statements -- made in sincerity or jest -- that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President." But it's not enough.

Republican "leaders" like Broun need to start spending less time acting preaching about how EVVVILL and SOCIALISTTT the Commander-in-Chief -- who was elected by the people -- is. Maybe if Broun & Co. put as much energy into coming up with workable solutions for the country's problems as they do their filthy, finger-pointing rhetoric, their constituents would be a lot less frustrated. Maybe they'd even feel less compelled to shout out threats against the President's life.

Do you think Rep. Broun did the right thing?

 

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PonyC... PonyChaser

I am in no way defending a single word in that question if, indeed, it was asked... articles are reporting "yeah, I think he said that," and "I couldn't hear it, but people tell me that's what he said..."  If those words were said, there should be an investigation by the Secret Service.  However....


Are you KIDDING ME???  Nowhere in any of the sources that I could find, was the person identified as anything but "an elderly attendee".  Do you have any proof at all that the person who shouted that question was a "Teabagger"? (and I find it interesting in a piece deriding Republicans for "filthy, finger-pointing rhetoric" that you would call someone a "Teabagger".  Classy)


In 2006, while George W. Bush was in office a movie was released entitled "Death of a President" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0853096/) to much critical acclaim.  Not a peep of criticism came from the left about how inappropriate this was, in fact, I remember people praising the "artistic piece".


Continued...

PonyC... PonyChaser

Further, where is your condemnation of others who are calling Republicans "fascists"?  Need proof? Check some of the signs being flashed in Wisconsin right now.  "Scott Walker = Adolf Hitler", "Midwest Mussolini","Don't Retreat, Reload: Repeal Walker" with a picture of Walker with a BULLSEYE over his face, "Death to Tyrants",  and the piece de resistance: "Down with the Dictator" (with "Socialistworker.org" written on the sign ... oh, look SOCIALISTS!) (video may be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71gsnLfsbbM&feature=player_embedded)


Maybe you should hold a little more of an open mind when you write a piece like this.  Unless you enjoy the hypocrisy.

vicesix vicesix

I see you failed to report that when the meeting was over, Rep. Broun contacted the Secret Service to report the man's question and the SS investigated, found no threat, and closed the investigation. But it wouldn't support your agenda to mention Broun informing the Secret Service would it?

Debrah Rochon

It's a shame how people make a complete a$$ of themselves.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

How many times do you think assassination has been mentioned or hinted at (likely more privately than publicly) among hardcore racists Teabaggers ever since before Obama won the Democratic primary?


Hmmmmm.....I dunno, but let's put it in perspective....how many movies about killing him have been made by a Left Wing Nut Job...you know, like "Death of a President" ......gee, I think that's zero, right?


Also, complaining about 'filthy, finger-pointing rhetoric' while also referring to people as "Teabaggers" doesn't do much to support your rant. 


And finally - yes, we complain that Obama's a Socialist....because he IS a socialist.  Those of us who don't wish to have the government running our lives have elected appropriate representatives to help fix the problem of Obama - so most definitely, they will speak of the evils of socialism.


 

nonmember avatar Mary

This guy Broun is really awful. Athens (where this meeting took place) is home to the University of Georgia. For a college town, it is so redneck and very KKK-like. It's spooky. It's no surprise that the ignorant fools laughed at the comment...the average IQ in Georgia is like 50. This state is going backwards into the era of Jim Crow laws. Georgia could secede and I don't think anyone would miss it. It's a sad place, close minded, racist, hateful. They still think they are fighting the Civil War here.

vicesix vicesix

Wow, Mary, you're a real expert on Georgia!


I have lived here my entire life and while there certainly are some backwooded areas (as in ANY state), I find your description--which is full of mean-spirited generalizations-- to be mostly off-base. There are plenty of us with IQ's that exceed the national average. I think it's pretty stupid actually to assert that "everyone" in a particular state is any one trait. That would be akin to me saying "everyone in Florida is old" or "everyone in California is a dyed in the wool, liberal, pot-smoking hippie". See how that works? Stupid huh?

Don Doyal

WHEN WE LOOSE OUR WAY OF LIFE AND ITS TOO LATE TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY!!!!!
WE ARE SLOWLY LOOSING EVERYTHING OUR FOREFATHERS FOUGHT FOR. IT MIGHT BE A GOOD THING TO PAY ATTENTION TO SOME OF MR. BECKS COMMENTS BEFORE SOMEONE LATER CAN SAY
(I TOLD YOU SO) IF IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN BEFORE YOU BELEIVE IT, SO BE IT. IT WILL HAPPEN. MY WIFE OF 50 YEARS CAN TELL YOU HOW THE CUBAN REVOLUTION COST THEIR FAMILY'S HOME, BUSINESS ALONG WITH THEIR FRIENDS. KEEP SUPPORTING THE STATUS QUO AND YOU WILL PAY THE PRICE. I HOPE I WILL BE DEAD AND WON'T BE HERE TO SEE IT!!!!!

nonmember avatar Ross Foyee

As Don Doyal writes in his post above mine, I do not want to be around to see what happens to this country. I am 63 and think that we in this country climbed the ladder of success up until 1960 and after that, we have been on the decline since. We did manage to pull the moon thing out before the end of the sixties, but that was the pinnacle of our success. Now we are on our way to the total demise of this country!

Ross Fortier

The United Sports of Aframerica is on its way to becoming a fourth world country. We are doomed at this time due to ignorance and cowardess!

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