Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Press Starts to Notice Right Wing Crazies Like Congressman Paul Broun (R, Ga)

Unfortunately It’s the Foreign Press – U. S. Press Too Busy with Kardashians

The lunatic fringe of the Republican Party or what most of us call the mainstream Republican Party is getting bolder and more assertive of its views.  They are starting to feel they can be more  public because they recognize that the U. S. media will pretty much ignore their radical outbursts.  And it appears they are right.

But many of the positions of these people are so bizarre that the foreign press has started to take notice.  Such is the case with Georgia’s Congressman from God, Mr. Paul Broun.  Mr. Broun sits on the House Science Committee, which seems appropriate since he is apparently a doctor.  What is not appropriate is his views, which are reported by a British newspaper.  Here is just an excerpt.

Georgia congressman Paul Broun In the clip, Broun, who is a doctor, says that "as a scientist" he has found data that shows the earth is no older than 9,000 years and was created in six days. Mainstream scientific thought holds that the earth is 4.5 billion years old, give or take the odd millennia.

Broun also says that theories regarding the origins of the universe and evolution represent "lies to try and keep me and all the folk that were taught that from understanding that they need a saviour".

Wow, a U. S. Congressman sitting on an important Congressional committee dealing with science thinks evolution is a conspiracy, the earth is only 9,000 years old and was created in six days.  Well one thing good, surely this must be an easy pickup of a House seat for Democrats, we mean, what person would even considering voting for Mr. Broun.

Uh, not so fast.

Paul Broun, who is running for re-election as Georgia representative this November unopposed by Democrats, made the comments during a speech at a baptist church last month.

Yes that’s right, the Democratic Party is so dysfunctional in Georgia that it cannot even find a single person to challenge this raving maniac.  The party of Roosevelt, Kennedy and Clinton must be very proud of themselves.

The problem here is not Mr. Broun, he is what he is, nothing can be done about that.  The problem is that in a democracy the role of the press is to expose people like this so that voters can make educated and intelligent choices.  And the role of an opposition party is to provide those choices.  The failure of Democrats to mount a campaign against this idiocy and the failure of the media to report on Mr. Broun are the real problems here.

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