Republican Congressman Broun Laughs About Shooting President Obama

Where do these conservative bigoted wing-nuts come from?

The south, mostly.

In this case Georgia. 

It should be noted that Congressman Broun is the same intellectually bankrupt conservative who skipped the State of the Union Address in favor of live Tweeting about Obama’s “socialism” from his office.   No one will ever accuse him of having an ivy-league mind.

That any Broun could stand before a crowd of people, and hear a question or statement from a conservative bigot about shooting the President, like that made in Georgia, and not order the person out of the room in the strongest terms is mind-boggling.    That the Congressman would laugh himself……unconscionable.

The Athens Banner Herald reports Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) was asked at a town hall meeting, “Who is going to shoot Obama?”

The question was met with laughter, but Broun did not immediately condemn it. In fact, TPM reports several witnesses say Broun laughed as well.

Said Broun: “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.”

Later, Greg Sargent notes Broun issued a statement, noting “I deeply regret that this incident happened at all.”

How brave to do it afterwards! 

Congressman Brown is a real scumbag.  He should have had the balls to stand up among the hayseeds in that room and denounce in the strongest terms the sentiments that were raised.  That he did not shows the cowardly and backwards piece of crap he truly is.   

President Eisenhower On Labor Unions

I am reading a book about President Eisenhower, (more on that later) and as such the topic of the former President is being discussed here at home.  James found a most interesting quote from the former Republican leader Friday night on the internet.  The quote was one that Ike had penned in a letter to his brother Edgar in November of 1954.

“Should any political party attempt to abolish social security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things. … Their number is negligible and they are stupid.” -Eisenhower

That the moderate voice of President Eisenhower would not be allowed to gain much volume in the rancid world of today’s conservatives is without doubt.  All sanity and thoughtfulness have vanished as the loud, strident, and fringe elements have overtaken the GOP.

History shows there were others who had views more in-line with traditional American values.  Sadly, as Governor Walker has demonstrated those times seem to be over, even here in Wisconsin.

Ike would not be amused.

Saturday Song: Labor Song By Johnny Cash “Casey Jones” And “Orange Blossom Special”

There is no way to separate the weekly feature on this blog, Saturday Song, with the incredible news story that is dominating America.  That story being the assault on state labor unions.  That the news from Madison, Wisconsin and our statehouse is taking place within walking distance of my home makes this one of those moments in history when everything is connected to the central story.  As such I go back and pull out one of the great labor songs and let Johnny Cash perform it.

Casey Jones tells the story of a train conductor and his death on the line. The story of Casey Jones has lived throughout labor history, and even inspired a follow-up song by the Grateful Dead.

Before a live audience….and with your speakers turned up……..