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I live in DC now and work with progressive organizations on messaging and GOTV.  I've lived in Chicago, St Louis, Seattle, and NYC.  But, you would never know it from my accent, I grew up in rural Georgia and Paul Broun is the Representative from my childhood hometown.  

He's also obviously not a good fit for the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.  As this article shows:

I'm offended by this guy on a lot of levels when I read up on some of the stuff he says and does.

More importantly, I am offended that he seems to have a monopoly on a seat that includes not just my childhood home but also Athens, home of the University of Georgia.  In this year's election, as far as I have seen, no one is running against this clown.  

I'm pissed.  

I'd really like to see candidates from the left contest every race in the country...damn it.  

Originally posted to dwakeman on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:16 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kos Georgia.


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  •  My impression (4+ / 0-)

    I could be wrong, but my impression of that guy Broun is that he is very shrewdly pandering to the utter morons he finds in his district. There is simply no way he finished college-- nevermind medical school-- actually believing the things he claims to. Sadly, it seems playing up anti-intellectualism is working for him with the people who actually vote.

    If his district includes the University, however, one would think that represents the most obvious way to attack his candidacy next time: just publicize his own statements around campus.

    •  Which leads to the interesting conundrum (6+ / 0-)

      which is worse - being so stupid as to actually believe these things, or so evil as to lie about believing them for political gain?

      methinks the second option makes Baby Jesus cry.

    •  Oh, he believes it (1+ / 0-)
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      That's the key word, belief.

      He's learned just enough science to parrot answers so he can pass tests required to practice and continue to practice medicine, but he has never internalized scientific thinking.  

      Were he to face an entirely new intellectual challenge, he would NOT use the scientific method to gather information, make hypothesis, reason things out, he would reach instead for the Big Book of Hebrew Fables to obtain an understanding.  Belief for him has completely replaced reason as a way of life.

      Remember, just parroting stuff back is no substitute for thinking, but in some places it can pass for "being smart". If you REALLY want to see stupid though, move one district south and look at Lee Anderson, who is the Republican running in the 12th district.  His tractor logo is classic stupid.  When asked about evolution or creation, I'm not sure Anderson even knows what either on is.  And we won't be finding out, because he has no intention of saying anything in public.  Seems he expects to win simply by having the (R) next to his name.  

      •  gee, thanks for reminding me... (0+ / 0-)

        got a little hope that anderson will find flat tires on his tractor; but believe that barrow is gonna get plowed under. this district was gerrymandered and runs from augusta (probably its only strong democratic area to my county (160 miles sw) and other than a brief swipe at the edge of the black belt of georgia, it runs dark red. we few, we proud, liberals know our votes are good only for our conscience.
        hope i'm wrong... but this one less seat for pelosi.

        •  A little off tangent (0+ / 0-)

          But I have to comment.  We know Anderson is as stupid as a sack of tractor lug nuts, but the people that put up yard signs for him are the complement of the Lake Wobegon set -- everyone is below average.  I have to think though that I know where the stupidest one is.....across the river on the South Carolina side.   Is he in for a surprise when he goes to his polling place.....

  •  Better to take back the House and minimize the (3+ / 0-)

    influence of people like this. Meaning both Rep. Broun and the folks who vote for him.

    "We have created a Star Wars civilization, with Stone Age emotions, medieval institutions, and godlike technology."-Edward O. Wilson, in "The Social Conquest of Earth"

    by sparkysgal on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 01:44:21 PM PDT

  •  Other: (1+ / 0-)
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    Draft Michael Stipe

  •  Brown as Islamist (0+ / 0-)

    Anyone who is this crazy is not far removed from other radical religious zealots.

    Brown and all religious zealots are the most dangerous people on earth.

    Why can't people enjoy religion as entertainment like going to the movie and not waste their time on fairytales?

  •  Give him last year's flu vaccine (0+ / 0-)

    and the antibiotics that everything is now resistant to.

    And put him on the "theology and Latin grammar" committee instead of "science."

    Maybe we should require that people serving on the science committees pass the high school standardized science test first.

  •  Clearly he doesn't belong on that committee. (0+ / 0-)

    Frankly, he doesn't belong in Congress, but the people of his district are welcome to be represented by an ignorant psychotic if they choose.  Nonetheless, he has no business playing any role whatsoever in shaping national science policy, and if the Republican Party continues him on that committee it will just reaffirm that they're waging a War on Science.

    Everything there is to know about the GOP: They're the Bad Guys.

    by Troubadour on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 06:23:59 PM PDT

  •  I am in Barrow county and I went to (1+ / 0-)
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    one local Dem meeting. I found the people there might have been moderate Republicans in the NE. They're socially conservative. NOBODY runs as a Dem if they truly want to win; they run a independents--and even then, they'd be hard-pressed to make it to moderate Republican status in the NE.  

    I also have a moron representing me in the legislature. This guy harangued people on behalf of a bill that would ahve banned abortions after 20 weeks for any reason--including the death of the fetus, but without expulsion of said fetus. He said cows pass stillbirths all the time, with no problems.  I wonder how Terry Englund would enjoy walking around with a dead fetus in HIS belly? I am writing myself in if there's no Dem running--even though the odds are good he;ll still be anti-choice.

    •  Also, sometimes cows DON'T pass a dead (1+ / 0-)
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      He said cows pass stillbirths all the time, with no problems.
      calf.  When that happens, sometimes they die from infection in the uterus, sometimes the dead calf gets mummyfied and the cow gets butchered for being unable to have another calf.  Anyone who knows anything about cows would (or should) know this.  

      Women won't get butchered for being sterilized by a mummyfied fetus, but they still won't be able to have another baby.  

      Renewable energy brings national global security.     

      by Calamity Jean on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 11:00:47 AM PDT

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      •  ANd I believe this little dick has a degree (1+ / 0-)
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        in agriculture. His hobby is baling hay, which is a step up from clearing brush, so I guess he's qualified to be Governor of TX.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Sun Oct 07, 2012 at 08:23:07 PM PDT

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