Target: Congressman Paul Broun
Goal: Demand that Congressman Broun apologize for incendiary and reckless remarks about the president
A Republican congressman recently went on the record saying that President Obama has become a dictator and must be stopped. These comments come in the midst of a political climate that is already steeped in vitriol and extremism and that has seen more than a few instances of armed people being captured outside the White House. Demand that the congressman apologize for his dangerous language and cease to use it in the future.
Paul Broun, a congressman from Georgia, recently stated in a radio interview that President Obama is “acting like a dictator and it just must stop.” He then went on to say that Congress “has the ability to do that. We have to reel this president in, he’s acting in a very unprecedented way,” and that action must be taken to “stop this runaway, imperial presidency.” These comments are merely the most recent in a string of fear-baiting remarks by the congressman, who has warned of Obama creating his own Gestapo secret police and ushering in a Marxist dictatorship in the past.
Congressman Broun’s comments are deliberately playing into fears and conspiracy theories that many in the far-right foster about President Obama and his motivations–anxieties that have led to a number of recent security breaches at the White House and continuing threats against the president’s life. Broun’s remarks perpetuate a culture of paranoia, the results of which are downright dangerous. Sign the petition below to demand that the congressman apologize for using such reckless rhetoric.
Dear Congressman Broun,
I am writing you today about comments you recently gave regarding President Barack Obama on Radio America. Your remarks were reckless and dangerous. A congressman should know better than to use such incendiary rhetoric in a political climate that is already defined by its vitriol and extremism.
Your assertion that President Obama’s recent action on immigration is “acting in a very unprecedented way” is patently false. Obama has issued fewer executive orders than George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or Ronald Reagan, to name just a few, and the way you framed Obama was entirely inappropriate. By describing him as a dictator and his presidency as imperial, you placed President Obama on the same level as Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, who both systemically used mass violence to control people. President Obama has already experienced more threats against his life than any other president, armed people seem to be getting arrested outside the White House with alarming regularity, and just recently an anti-government white supremacist domestic terrorist ran amok in Austin, Texas until being killed by police–how could you think such language, with all the implications it carries with it, was at all appropriate?
No matter your politics, a person of your stature should have the common sense not to stoke the very flames that already put the president in undue danger. You, as a congressman, have an audience, and your words carry weight; you should demonstrate the responsibility that that position demands. I demand that you publicly apologize for your incendiary language, and stop using it in the future.
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