The Latest Totally Isolated Incident From A Republican Bad Apple
Oh look, a Republican advocating violence. But only if his party doesn’t retake the House, which I think makes him a moderate now.
In the interview, Brad Watson… asked [Republican congressional candidate Stephen] Broden about a tea party event last year in Fort Worth in which he described the nation’s government as tyrannical.
“We have a constitutional remedy,” Broden said then. “And the Framers say if that don’t work, revolution.”
Watson asked if his definition of revolution included violent overthrow of the government. In a prolonged back-and-forth, Broden at first declined to explicitly address insurrection, saying the first way to deal with a repressive government is to “alter it or abolish it.”
Watson asked if violence would be in option in 2010, under the current government.
“The option is on the table. I don’t think that we should remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms,” Broden said, without elaborating. “However, it is not the first option.”
However, the best part (aside from where Broden tried to claim that he wasn’t comparing Obama to Hitler when he said that insufficiently outraged Americans were like Jews “walking into the furnaces”) is the local GOP’s shocked reaction:
Jonathan Neerman, head of the Dallas County Republican Party, said he’s never heard Broden or other local Republican candidates advocate violence against the government.
“It is a disappointing, isolated incident,” Neerman said.
I suppose the first part could be considered technically true, since Rick Perry was a statewide candidate when he suggested that Texas might have to secede from the United States. But I have to laugh any time a Republican calls this kind of reckless talk an “isolated incident.” The reality is that it’s becoming all too commonplace on the right.
In addition to Perry’s secessionist talk, you’ve got Sharron Angle talking about “Second Amendment remedies” and Sarah Palin (who herself has ties to a secessionist movement) urging Republican candidates “Don’t Retreat, Instead – RELOAD!” while putting crosshairs on districts with Democratic congressmembers.
You’ve got GOP congressional candidates Ron Kirkland and Randy Smith bantering cheerfully about beating or killing gay troops. You’ve got Sandra Livingstone saying “Washington needs a drive-by in a major way.” And you’ve got Rick Barber actually advocating revolution in a campaign commercial.
And if you expand the scope beyond congressional candidates and conservative icons, it gets even uglier still. I guess we’re just damn lucky that all this crazy talk hasn’t inspired any actual violence.