Paul Broun

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Paul Broun (1946–) is a trained medical doctor, a Republican representative to the US House of Representatives from Georgia and an all-around stockpile of in(s)anity.

Broun previously got on the wingnut bandwagon in a big way in 2008 when he compared Presidential candidate Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler; as usual with politicians like this, he issued an "apology" - but not before stating that he still believed that Obama espoused what he termed "that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism."[1] In 2009, he stated that a "socialistic elite" comprising Democrats like Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid might use a pandemic disease in order to declare martial law.[2] Eventually, he decided that making specific claims on the subject was no longer such a good idea and started resorting to the usual vague hand-waving about how Progressives are out to contaminate our youth's precious bodily fluids in order to destroy America.[3]

He is a Young Earth creationist who believes that the theory of evolution, embryology, and the big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of Hell."[4] Despite these views, Broun sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.[5]

Unsurprisingly, he is also a global warming denialist.[6] He's also opined that actually lowering the national debt ceiling (a position even more extreme than Tea Party advocates of never raising it) is a simply peachy-keen idea in his book.[7]

In May 2009, Broun unsuccessfully proposed a bill that that would have proclaimed 2010 "The Year Of The Bible."[8] He also introduced a bill that would have banned selling or renting porn on US military bases.[9]

Broun spoke at the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons.[10]

He also shows love for fellow Congressional wingnuts in singularly odd ways, such as endorsing Allen West for Speaker of the House of Representatives. This was somewhat unusual - bordering on silly - as West had just lost his seat in the general election.[11]

In true stopped clock fashion, however, he voted against the Patriot Act.

Maybe it's the water?[edit]

Broun left the House of Representatives in January 2015 and was replaced by Jody Hice. Hice may actually end up being worse at his job that Broun was, which is a truly astounding accomplishment in itself.[12]