Paul “Pit of Hell” Broun: Craziness Everywhere

You already know about the maniacal cretin from Georgia, Congressman Paul Broun, about whom we recently wrote Congressman Broun on Evolution & the Big Bang. At that post you can see the video in which he said that evolution and the Big Bang theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

Although he’s running for re-election unapposed, he’s attracted a write-in opponent. We wrote about that here: Paul Broun vs. Charles Darwin. But now there’s more to be told.

First, in the Walton Tribune of Monroe, Georgia we read Broun advocates return to traditional values during town hall. It’s about a speech he gave a few days ago to the Walton County Tea Party Patriots at First Baptist Church of Loganville. Near the end of the article it mentions that he spoke to a “small crowd of less than a dozen.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us. We are told:

[T]he congressman made a sales pitch for America, advocating a return to traditional values and a strict reading of the Constitution to save the country from what he sees as a wave of socialism and immorality threatening to swamp the nation.

He spoke about the unsustainable $16 trillion national debt and the need to repeal Obamacare. He also said:

“I’ve proposed very openly we get rid of the Department of Education,” Broun said. “We need to get rid of the Department of Labor, of the Environmental Protection Agency. The states can do all that. … Our money is being misappropriated, misused and squandered,” Broun said. “We have to stop spending money we don’t have.

As you may suspect, your Curmudgeon agrees with some of that. The news story continues:

Broun advocates repealing several amendments to the Constitution, including the 17th amendment allowing direct election of senators instead of appointments by the states. “We need to give more power back to the states,” Broun said.

His most popular target, however, was the 16th amendment, the income tax. “I believe in the Fair Tax,” Broun said, pitching for the proposed national sales tax, which would eliminate all other forms of taxation to ensure everyone is taxed according to what they purchase. “You don’t need an income tax if you have a national sales tax. We can get rid of the IRS.”

We like that too. But then the hard-core madness comes out:

But to return to the greatness of America, Broun said, the nation needed to once again embrace God. A devout Christian, Broun shared his conversion story with the crowd and argued the Bible was the true foundation of much of the nation’s principles.

“Our founding fathers believed every aspect of life, including public policy, should be influenced by the Bible,” Broun said. “The Constitution is written on biblical messages, on God’s principles of freedom and liberty. The answers are there in God’s inerrant word.”

The man is not only wrong, he’s insane — see Is America a “Christian Nation”? He probably thinks Noah discovered America, Moses won the Revolutionary War, Jesus wrote the Constitution, and those who disagree should be dealt with as were the witches in Salem. He’s far too crazed to be serving in Congress. He shouldn’t even be walking around without wearing a straightjacket.

But there’s still more news about Broun. In The Red and Black of Athens, Georgia, which began as a student newspaper but which is now independent, we read Unoccupied: Occupy Athens dwindles past first anniversary.

For the most part, the article is about the total collapse of the “Occupy” movement in Athens, but Congressman Broun enters into the picture too. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:

Occupy Athens has lost almost all of its following in the last few months. Dwindling since the beginning of this year, now less than a dozen members remain actively involved.

The morons must have found something else to entertain them — perhaps the Mayan doom prophesy. Here’s more:

From the get go we’ve been a pretty undefined group,” said Jesse Houle, 26, a writer and musician who has lived in Athens for four years and has been a member of Occupy Athens since its first protest.

Oh, they were definable, but not in polite terms. Let’s read on:

Although Occupy movements still have a presence in larger cities around the country, such as Occupy Wall Street, with such a small number of people committed to running the local organization, it is almost non-functional. There are no people left, and it’s not clear why.

Maybe the reason they’re non-functional is because they’re idiots. We’ll skip a lot about the decline of this ineffectual collection of losers and get to what interests us:

The most recent cause the group supports is a campaign to vote Darwin to Congress in response to Paul Broun’s comments that evolution is “straight from the pit of hell.”

We would love for Darwin to get like 5 or 10 percent of the vote,” Dowd said [that's Chris Dowd, 37, an Athens native who works as a pharmaceutical lab technician for the University]. “That would be incredible.”

Those people probably have no idea who Darwin was. Or maybe, like the Discoveroids, they think he inspired Marx. If this is the group behind the write-in campaign, it looks like clear sailing for Paul “Pit of Hell” Broun.

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14 responses to “Paul “Pit of Hell” Broun: Craziness Everywhere

  1. Most who argue against the fact of evolution do so because they are seriously misinformed about the actual evidence. Why would God plant so much evidence of so many different types that all clearly show evolution happens? My reply to anyone who says that evolution is a lie from the pits of Hell is to say if evolution is a lie, that lie comes directly from the throne of Heaven, not the pits of Hell.

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    They’re not idiots. I think the problem with the occupy movement is they are deep intellectual thinkers, without being as politically aware. They aren’t idiots, they just come off that way. Braun is in many ways the same, when he actually says what he thinks, he sounds like an idiot.

    As to anyone who things the EPA should go away, they are an idiot. It protects us as much, if not more, than the military. Overreaching and wasteful, maybe, just like the military.

  3. Not to get too far off the subject but the occupy movement doesn’t appear to be made up of deep thinkers or of much thought at all. I have never once heard any of them state exactly what they want or what their plan is. It’s not a lack of direction it’s a lack of thought. They’re upset that a small percentage of the population has most of the money, ok so what, what is your plan, what do you want to do about it other than complain. The entire position is based on greed. They all want to be equal to a CEO but they don’t want to be a CEO. Well that’s just too bad. If you want more money, then do something about it, get a business degree or a degree in something useful. A PhD in pre WWII German history might be your ambition, but that and a dime won’t get you a cup of coffee. If you’re going to complain about unemployment or underemployment and you think it’s their fault, come up with a plan to address it. Why not pool the money from all the occupiers and buy a majority stock in one of the offending companies and boot out the CEO. Speak to them in their own language. Even a bad plan is better than no plan. Media attention and sympathy isn’t a plan.
    And Braun is an idiot.

  4. I believe the guy is a medical doctor, too; “god forbid” I should be a patient of his. ( Irony intended)

  5. Charles Deetz ;)

    Paul S., it’s not greed, but yes, it is whining. They are simply complaining that the system is broken (a least from their perspective). Your ‘get a job’ or ‘buy a company’ type of answer doesn’t address their complaints. There is a evolution (to stay on topic) of education and job requirements … like a cruel joke, the ‘system’ tells them to get good grades and go to college, then they come out the other side (12 years later), and that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a lot like blaming those with bad mortgages for buying too much house.

  6. sounds like a david barton tirade.

  7. Charles, I disagree. The base motivation is greed. It’s a game of “I want it” the difference being CEOs are winning the game. Greed on a small scale is still greed and I’m not implying that there is anything wrong with it, just that it is. I didn’t say “get a job”; it can be hard to get a job no matter what skills you have. I personally believe that everyone should have help in finding employment especially those that grew up without the family and community support that is needed to produce a healthy productive society, unemployment is bad for everyone. I was pointing out if you have chosen a skill or career that is not in demand, that’s something you have to correct on your own. If you want CEO money, then you need to work toward that and not complain that the path you chose doesn’t get you what you want. My “buy a company and fire a CEO” was directed at the occupy movement as a whole to make a statement, not as a single person solution. They complain about specific CEOs, well I say quit complaining, make a plan and do something about it. Also, a list of complaints without a plan of action is pointless. If I tried that at work I’d wind up on “special projects”, a la Coppedge. Simply whining that the system is broke isn’t productive. One of the first rules I learned at work some 30 odd years ago was “Don’t present a complaint unless you have a solution or two”. And yes, if you bought a house you could not afford, that is your fault, not the banks. Kind of like cashing the “checks” sent with credit cards statements. If you cash it you better know what you’re in for. As a separate issue, a bank that loans you more than you can pay is not only practicing bad business, but is foolhardy and shame on them and all involved including Fannie and Freddie . If you were caught up in the escalating real-estate market I have sympathy for you, but that’s not much different than the being caught in the dot com era stock market when we were all getting 27% returns until 2002 when they were exposed as having zero PE/ratio and the market crashed.

  8. My appologies to SC, I should have started this in the free fire zone.

  9. The occupy movement may have been somewhat disorganized, but they at least identified the right target. Wall Street was largely responsible for the financial melt-down. When the street continued to pay themselves large bonuses, after the bail-outs, it triggered a surprising but completely understandable response. Like any unscripted spontaneous movement, occupy eventually dissolved without accomplishing any specific goals beyond drawing attention to the economic disparity in this country (the 1% v 99% meme, which has since become part of the culture). Despite being largely forgotten, evidently there are a few die-hards in Athens, GA.

    I’m going to ignore the Curmudgeon’s anarchist views on the other subjects, as no argument is likely to redeem him at this stage of life. :)

  10. @Ed: Those bonuses were shameful, to say the least. and the CEOs are completely deserving of our contempt and scorn. However, are you saying that if we tallied up the sum total of those bonuses we would see the root cause of the financial meltdown? I am not saying this in defense of the CEOs, but of the American people, since if we blame the wrong target for what happened we will all pay for not getting at the root of what happened.

  11. @Justin: No, not at all. The bonuses that I think triggered the occupy Wall Street movement were just the event that angered the folks that came out and protested. They had nothing to do with the meltdown.

    The meltdown was caused by a string of failures, beginning with the marketing of sub-prime, low down-payment mortgages by financial institutions which did not themselves carry the risk. Coldwell-Banker is an example, they wrote mortgages and immediately sold them to other institutions. C-B and numerous other finance companies made their money off of the loan origination fees and other charges, so the incentive was to write as many loans as possible, no matter the risk. The disconnect between the writing of the loan and the carrying of the risk was (in my view) the initial failure in the financial system.

    The second failure was in the bundling of these loans into instruments that were then sold to banks and other financial institutions. Historically, mortgage-backed funds were the most secure form of financial investment, with correspondingly low but reliable returns. Thus they carried the highest ratings from the ratings agencies. These low-risk funds were traditionally part of the core capitalization of banks. During the period when sub-prime mortgages were being written, no one in the system (banks buying them, ratings agencies reviewing the funds) detected that a significant number of mortgages in the newer instruments were very risky loans. The risky nature of the mortgage backed instruments only became apparent when the mortgage defaults began occurring (at the scheduled interest rate increase in most cases). At this point, since no one knew how many of these potentially bad loans were in the mortgage-backed financial instruments that they held, the total value of the instruments plummeted. That was when the dominoes began to fall. No one could unload their securities because no one would buy them, and the flow of cash slowed to a stop. Banks hung on to whatever cash they had on hand rather than loan it out, because much of their capital was effectively worthless.

    While these bad loans were incubating in mortgage backed securities, as yet undetected, banks and financial institutions were building another type of risk which would eventually prove fatal in some cases. They were engaging in a type of gambling involving credit-default swaps, which is essentially buying and selling insurance against some specified financial event. Originally these were used as a means for a bank to offset the risk associated with some of it’s more adventurous (and higher return) loans, however the money to be made by selling these instruments was so tempting that they soon began to be used as a kind of vehicle for betting on all sorts of unrelated events. There were credit-default instruments written against the future GDP of countries, or the profits of a group of companies, etc. When the dominoes started falling on the mortgage backed securities, leading to banks holding cash and ceasing lending, many of the “insured” events that these credit-default swaps were based on started to occur. Financial institutions that had written these highly speculative instruments were faced with billions of dollars of losses – and no way to borrow money to pay them, and many had much of their “secure” assets in mortgage-backed securities which they could not sell and might be worth nothing.

    That’s a really long explanation, but in short, Wall Street greed led it away from traditional values-based investing into creating ever more speculative instruments to bring in high returns in the short term, both in mortgages and in credit default instruments. There was obviously an absence of effective oversight by the SEC, regulatory agencies, and the commercial ratings agencies. (The short term, high return, instant riches mindset was also a major driver in the dot-com bubble and it’s collapse)

    In my view, the occupy movement was a reaction to the very idea that these people who played games with, as it turns out, the world’s economy, and earned millions doing it, could pat themselves on the back and reward themselves with large bonuses after costing us so much taxpayer money and bringing the country to it’s knees. There is still no apparent remorse on Wall Street, and banks particularly are pushing back hard against new regulation designed to provide visibility into some of the riskier activities like credit-default swaps.

  12. @PaulS, on the Occupy Movement: “ The base motivation is greed. It’s a game of “I want it” the difference being CEOs are winning the game. Greed on a small scale is still greed

    Excuse me, this is fantasy-land. It’s like you see somebody snatch a lady’s purse, you chase after him for 10 blocks and then you catch him. When you catch him, he says, “Wow, you’re motivated by greed.” It’s looniness.

    Wanting justice is not greed. This reminds me of what conservative Christians said during the Civil Rights era: the Civil Rights movement is motivated by the lust for power– absolute power. Rousas Rushdoony said that very clearly.

    You’re not allowed to love justice in this country or some right-winger will accuse you of greed, lust for absolute power, utopianism, etc.

    The financial collapse was caused by a speculative bubble in trading of derivatives and debt instruments. Capitalism causes speculative bubbles. If the Glass-Steagall Act hadn’t been repealed, it wouldn’t have happened. Complaining about it is not “greed.”

    @PaulS, on the Occupy Movement: “If you want CEO money, then you need to work toward that and not complain that the path you chose doesn’t get you what you want. My “buy a company and fire a CEO” was directed at the occupy movement as a whole to make a statement, not as a single person solution.”

    They didn’t ask for CEO money. This is your fantasy. They want justice.

    @PaulS: “…well I say quit complaining, make a plan and do something about it. Also, a list of complaints without a plan of action is pointless.”

    Riiight. You see a guy snatch a purse, you chase after him and catch him. And the moronic onlookers, who can’t be bothered to stop eating their cart hotdogs, stand there and say, “a list of complaints without a plan of action is pointless.”

  13. @Curm –

    You presented no evidence that the Occupy Athens people are “idiots”, merely bare assertions. They supported Darwin vs. Broun. It does not look good for your accusation that they are “idiots.”