Facepalm: GOP Rep Makes what Might Be the Dumbest Statement about the Shutdown Yet

paul-brounBefore, during and now after the government shutdown, we’ve been inundated with nonstop political rhetoric.  Each side blaming the other for the entire mess and each side claiming victory once the whole embarrassing fiasco finally ended.

Well, needless to say, with all that rhetoric flying back and forth there have been a number of completely boneheaded statements.

Throughout the whole debacle, one of the areas that bugged me the most was the blatantly over the top whining from Republicans over the closure of our monuments.  Granted, our monuments should never be shut down—but then neither should our government.  It always made me laugh to see Republicans force a government shutdown, then cry and complain about the ramifications of that shutdown.

And in true right-wing fashion, they found the talking point that got all of their conservatives up in a tizzy.  “How dare President Obama deny Americans access to our national monuments!  How dare he deny veterans access to their monuments!  He’s un-American!”

Of course, Republicans took off and ran with this whole line of nonsense since it played perfectly into what their base wanted to hear.

But in the case of Georgia Representative Paul Broun, he took this rhetoric to a whole other level with his stupidity and apparent inability to know much about history or read a calendar.

During an interview, the Republican congressman had this to say:

“There was absolutely no reason, whatsoever, for this administration to block access to the World War Two Memorial or the Lincoln Memorial. It’s never ever been done in a government shutdown prior to this administration doing so.”

And you know what?  He’s absolutely right about the World War II Memorial.  During the 90’s shutdown, the World War II Memorial was never closed.

Because it didn’t exist until 2004. 

As for the Lincoln Memorial, he’s completely wrong.  The Lincoln Memorial was, in fact, closed during the Republican-led shutdown of the 90’s.

It’s this kind of ignorance that astounds me.  I’m not saying you need to be a genius to be a member of Congress, but this level of total buffoonery is baffling.

Because when he made these statements (and I’m sure he’s been beating this drum the whole time) he was either too stupid to know the facts about when the World War II Memorial was built, or willfully lied to the American people.

And you know, I could almost give him a pass for maybe being confused about the Lincoln Memorial closure in the 90’s, or maybe the date of the World World II Memorial being built, but not both.  So either he’s a babbling idiot or he’s blatantly lying to the American people to stir up fear and hatred.

But when you take into account some of the asinine remarks he’s made in the past where he called biology and geology “lies straight from the pits of hell” and said that healthcare reform reminds him of “Northern Aggression”…

I’m just going to go ahead and assume he’s simply a babbling idiot.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • DrDon

    The GOP has tried to herd all the dimbulbs into safe districts for themselves, trouble is there are just too many stupid people out there and they are spread across too many states (especially Southern ones). So as long as there’s a Hastert Rule, and Citizens United generates endless pools of campaign $, the TP is in the drivers seat of American government.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    Allen: You have to understand. These people never check their “facts.” They never let the truth interfere with a good lie!

  • Wonko The Sane

    Give the guy a break. He still hasn’t gotten over the Germans bombing Pearl Harbor.

    • Phil the observer

      That Wonko, was GREAT!!!

    • Cathryn Sykes

      OMG! You just made my day!

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      “Germans?
      Forget it. He’s rolling.”

  • JRinPV

    How come you people elect babbling idiots ?

  • bailey78

    Lying, Cheating and stealing is the republican way. They can’t win with what they are promoting.

  • jose

    just put the video up of that congressman, I don’t want to read!!!

  • Skyhollower

    I don’t get the impassioned rhetoric. Do they honestly think the angrier, and more indignant they become the more they aren’t going to be held accountable or we are going to start blaming the other team. This entire shutdown was their idea, they wanted it they got, and they didn’t like the outcome or what it actually meant to shut down….Too fricken bad! Maybe they should have done their homework and gotten the facts first. Oh wait that was a stupid statement on my part, I apologize. No amount of grandstanding, Palin and Cruz, is going to create a revisionist history where they come out the heroes. They have damaged themselves so bad already, if they try this again in Jan or Feb, they can count their party goodbye. Republicans, take note of and rid yourselves of the Tea Party, make them their own party like the independents or the liberals.

    • Cathryn Sykes

      You have to understand that many of these people get elected not because of their brains, their understanding or their knowledge, but because they can make really pea-brained voters think, “Well, gosh, he’s my kinda guy!”

      • aloryandaneaglet

        and throw in some gerrymandering to get all of those votes

  • Arbie Bonfatti

    not a babbling idiot, a lying sack of shit?, yes

  • Rolaine Mcgruder

    If one is too stupid to use Google on the subject in which they know so little about then this is the type of uckery you get.