This is a douche bag.
His name is Paul Broun, and he is a congressman from Georgia. His phone number is (202) 225-4101. On his website, it says, “America was founded upon the Christian principles contained in the Word of God …” From there, it only gets worse.
Last Friday, during a House vote on climate change, Broun called global warming nothing but a â€œhoaxâ€ that has been â€œperpetrated out of the scientific community.â€ Hell, here’s the video. I can understand people questioning the speed and impact of global warming. I can understand people wondering what steps should be taken, and how. I can even understand people asking for more proof, even though, at this point, the scientific evidence is awfully clear.
But … hoax!?
I am baffled. Eternally baffled. How do Americans repeatedly elect men like Broun, who clearly lack the thought and depth to handle important issues. I’m being 100-percent serious. There are plenty of Republicans with whom I strongly disagree, but who I admire as intelligent and reasoned. The two senators from Maine, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe. Jim Baker. George H. Bush. Chuck Hagel. Bob Dole. The late Jack Kemp. Again, I don’t agree with most of their takesâ€”but I respect their thinking.
Just look at Broun’s website. Hell, don’t. I’ll post some of his thoughts …
â€¢ HIS THINKING FOR PROMOTING GUNS: All of our rights come from God, not from government. Our Founding Fathers understood this. They understood that the tole of government is to recognize and preserve our God-given, inalienable rights. Therefore, they wrote the Second Amendment.
â€¢ HIS PLAN FOR SOLVING ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: I am absolutely against illegal immigration and the idea of Amnesty for illegal aliens. Illegal immigration is a crime. It is a corrupting influence on our society. It is a national security threat. It is an economic burden on American taxpayers. (* NOTE: This is the issue that really gets me. You’re against illegal immigration? Fine, so am I. Now give me a plan to solve itâ€”not just xenophobic rantings)
â€¢ HIS ODE TO AMERICA’S GREATEST ATTRIBUTEâ€”ITS DIVERSITY: America was founded upon the Christian principles contained in the Word of God. We must stop radical judges from legislating from the bench, destroying revered American religious traditions and religious symbols.
I don’t know Paul Broun. My guess is that, like the movie The Distinguished Gentleman, people made a mistake. They thought they were voting for Paul Brown, the NFL legend, and after it was too late realized he was dead.
I would hope that men like Mr. Broun have learned their lessons over the past few weeks: That preaching, moralistic, holier-than-thou politicians usually go down in humiliating flames. If you’re Paul Broun, you better live the perfect life.
Because karma, it is a bitch.