See, now, you did just “tolerate” that rhetoric, dumbass

February 25, 2011 § 1 Comment

Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun, M.D. is really a piece of work. For background, he’s no fan of Obama and has been known to spout the sort of rhetoric that might, just maybe, encourage a violent reaction, no?

Broun, a doctor from Athens in his third congressional term, routinely calls Obama a socialist and said shortly after Obama’s election in 2008 that he feared the president would establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship.

I dunno about you but if I genuinely thought someone was trying establish a “Gestapo” in these here United States to “impose a…dictatorship” of any stripe, I’d take some exception to that.

And what do you know? One of Rep Broun’s constituents did take exception.

at a town hall event in Oglethorpe County, Ga., on Tuesday a man asked, “Who’s going to shoot Obama?”

Well, of course Rep Broun had to react to that, didn’t he? I mean after all

Broun issued a statement Friday calling the question “abhorrent.”

“I deeply regret that this incident happened,” Broun said in a statement. “I condemn all statements — made in sincerity or jest — that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the president of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.”[emphasis added]

Right. So by “will not be tolerated”, one assumes that Rep Broun didn’t, well, tolerate this comment.

According to the newspaper’s account, which was confirmed by Broun’s office, the congressman didn’t criticize the man for asking the question, instead deflecting it. He told the audience that he understood their frustration with Obama

See dude? That’s called tolerating it. Not just tolerating it but actually encouraging it. “I understand your frustration” is not telling some dingbat that what they said is unacceptable. It is saying it IS acceptable.

The only reason this Republican Congressman issued his fake tut-tutting three days after the fact was because he got caught out in the media. Liar.

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§ One Response to See, now, you did just “tolerate” that rhetoric, dumbass

  • Abel says:

    I guess what blows me away more is that the guy is not an idiot – chemistry degree from UGA and MD from Medical College of Georgia.

    But, sure enough, his biography points out his family’s membership in an Athens-based Baptist Church and his service in a children’s ministry.

    His webpage advertising these Georgia Values Town Hall advises, “Nothing is off limits for us to discuss.” (I kept a screen capture for when it disappears.).

    Being “stunned,” unresponsive, or unprepared is unacceptable when you’re inviting a no-holds-barred open forum.

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