North Carolina Senate Candidate Makes Racist Remarks While Discussing Food Stamps

Greg-BrannonIn politics, hyperbole is just a part of the business.  It’s a common practice with political commentators, and in fact it can be a useful tool to drive home a point you might be trying to make.  I assume this goes the same for politicians.

That being said, certain comparisons should just never be used.  Too often, “Nazi” comparisons are made by both conservatives and liberals against each other.  While I don’t have a problem with people wanting to bring up fascism when trying to make a point, saying anyone is acting like Hitler or the Nazis is pretty far-fetched.  Nazis were the only Nazis — period.

Another comparison that should never be used is anything compared to slavery.  Slavery is a horrific act where one set of humans treats another like property — like animals.  Human beings who are bought, sold, abused, raped, murdered, mutilated and who knows what else is like nothing else except actual slavery.

So when I saw where North Carolina Senate candidate (and tea party Republican) Greg Brannon compared food stamps (also know as SNAP) to slavery, I just shook my head.

Brannon said that food stamps are “goodies” given out by the government.  Obviously Mr. Brannon has never had to live on food stamps.

He then went on to say:

“We’re taking our plunder, that’s taken from us as individuals and the government is now keeping itself in power by giving these goodies away.  The answer is the Department of Agriculture should go away at the federal level. And now 80 percent of the farm bill was food stamps. That enslaves people. What you want to do, it’s crazy but it’s true, teach people to fish instead of giving them fish. When you’re at the behest of somebody else, you are actually a slave to them.. That kind of charity does not make people freer.”

Basically, he’s trying to use the analogy of give a man a fish he eats for a day, teach him to fish and he can feed himself for a lifetime.  Which might work, if most people on welfare weren’t actually wanting to work for themselves.  See, it’s not the problem of people not knowing how to work.  People want to work.  The problem is greed.

The rich have most of the wealth — and they want more.  Increasingly jobs are paying less, providing fewer benefits and making it harder for Americans to get by.  All the while the wealthiest among us continue to flourish.

It should be noted that Brannon has listed Jesse Helms as an inspiration.  Jesse Helms was an open racist who opposed the Civil Rights Act and was often very brazen about his intolerance towards minorities.  If that kind of person is Greg Brannon’s inspiration, that says all we need to know about him.

Brannon also spoke at a rally a few months ago hosted by the League of the South — a secessionist group.  A true “patriot” I tell ya.  Because nothing says “I love the United States” like speaking at a rally for a group that wants to leave it.

These are the kind of candidates that baffle me.  Not that they exist, but that a major political party supports them.

Not too long ago we would have never heard of someone like Greg Brannon because nobody would have taken him seriously.  Yet as Republicans have embraced the radically crazy (otherwise known as the tea party) — these candidates aren’t just more known, they’re actually winning elections.

I would encourage all of you to head over to Greg Brannon’s Facebook page and let this individual know exactly what you think of him.

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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  • Allen Clifton

    Unfortunately blacks are overwhelmingly represented in taking government handouts and receiving prison terms. The food stamp program is seriously broken, schools in urban areas are still awful, and recidivism is at an all time high. Political parties cannot be blamed for this anymore because its not the job of the government to feed adults and their children or teach them right from wrong. Accountability is the only solution and black men need to take some pride in helping raise their kids(out of wedlock or married).
    Too bad liberals hate to hold anyone accountable for anything. Must be due to their lack of work ethic.

    • Sunnysmom

      Likewise, it’s not the job of the government to dole out billions in corporate welfare just so the private sector can continue their cash hoard under the guise of calling themselves “job creators”. I’m assuming these CEO’s making 100x or more of their average employee learned how to fish at Wharton, but evidently the key curriculum taught is how to prevent anyone else from gaining access to the pond.

      • Harvard Grad

        Like all the not so shovel ready jobs that Obozo created? Do yourself a favor and don’t buy a bridge or magic beans on the way home.

      • Sunnysmom

        Hey, he hasn’t lived up to his end of the bargain either. But you miss the point that arguing against SNAP and benefits for individuals (most who are wholeheartedly searching and wanting to work) while arguing for more subsidies for corporations is completely ridiculous.

      • Buckthesystem

        They never learned to fish themselves, but were handed the whole school from their relatives and cronies and now they have the corporate nets with their hands out taking all the fish in the sea and leaving a few sardines for the rest.

      • Hillary’16

        Sounds like someone is crying because they didn’t study harder and get into a good school. It must eat you up inside to continually have to go ask Uncle Sam for money so you can buy more ravioli and soda.

    • HAHA

      The vast majority of the people who receive SNAP (aka “food stamps”) are rural whites and always have been. Too bad you didn’t know that before you went all racist asshat.

      • Creamy Middles

        Overall you are right…but most of those whites are out of work farmers or rednecks or whatever you think they are.
        Blacks are disproportionately the recipients of welfare. Stop the welfare and put people to work on municipal projects to improve both their community and their skills.
        Obama was supposed to get these people jobs and he failed, and the dem majority failed why? Because they don’t see things through completely. Lib/Dems hearts may be in the right place but their understanding of real world government abuses is dismal.
        Hope you enjoy paying 50% of your salary and someday maybe 75%.

      • HAHA

        Those words you keep dancing around – let me help you. AMERICAN CITIZENS. That’s what they are. With children. American children are going to bed hungry every night and you want to take away the little food they do get over their parents *presumed* melanin content – that’s disgusting.

        I have yet to see any R sponsored jobs bills, while there have been how many trying to get all up in my wife’s lady parts? But people tend to forget that Congress makes the laws and passes them – they create the programs and the projects, the President simply signs them into law – and he’s not getting anything to sign because of a bunch of wide stance, Benghazi screaming flailnuts who would rather see people starve in the streets than have work to do. Currently even with the improvement of the economy – and it has improved, there are still 5 workers for every available job – so no matter how hard they look, no matter how good their history or skills – not everyone will get one and some people will need help as a result until we have some jobs bills rather than birth control and abortion bills.

        You want to talk about government abuses, how about we talk about the huge farm subsidies that go into the pockets of senators hobby farms rather than growing food for our nation? Or the fact that we grow more corn for “biofuel” than we do food, yet the price of gas including that biofuel never seems to go down – at huge government supported cost thanks to crooked earmarks.

        I think you need to wake up and smell the bullshit being shoveled over your eyes. Even the top 1% don’t pay 50% – and they should. Bush put two wars and Medicare prescription costs on the national credit card and then cut taxes at the top – those cuts were never intended to be permanent – and now we are all paying the cost. Wake UP.

      • Robin DeAnne Lowry Seer

        Brilliant response, but I fear the cognitive dissonance is too great! *sigh*

    • James

      actually whites and Hispanics get the most food stamps. it’s impossible for backs to take more then the white and Hispanics with their low population numbers.

      • Andy Kinnard

        To be fair, the term was (intended to be) “overrepresented” which means represented in a proportion higher than than proportion of population (which is true both for blacks and hispanics. Now, I disagree with the conclusions, but those facts are correct (like it or not).

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      white trash get more in handouts than any other ethnicity. care to make more statements showing your small weenie and smaller brains??

  • James

    Teach a man to fish and you can bill him for services rendered and all the fishing equipment. We all know it’s called fishing and not catching for a reason ; so when he can’t pay the bill we can drive him into bankruptcy while writing off losses on our taxes.

  • Edward Krebbs

    Love how he takes the existing situation of the extreme greed of the wealthy and turns It around to say that welfare recipients are the greedy ones.
    Kind of like taking the existing need for welfare across racial lines and using to say that welfare queens are all blacks.

  • Bullmoose

    Nothing would make life in America easier if all the southern red states left the union. Here is why:

    First we could kick out their senators and house members. Since their states no longer part of America they have no place in our government. Democrats could gain a majority in one idiotic move by some small minded secessionists.

    Second, the seceding states could immediat be taken off if federal aid, such as food stamps, social security, Medicare and Medicaid. All trade assortments we got, and all the fundings the federal gov provides the state to maintain roads, schools and most of all highways. There is also the fact people who live in those states now need a passport to travel in the American states as they are now separate nation*at least I think this is the case on that passport part but could be wrong* give the red states under complete republican and tea party control and you will see the people begging to be back in the union. After all kissing some of those federal government benefits such as food stamps will ruin and harm many lives in those seceding states. Dozens might die from hunger or medical problems. Cruel yes, sad yea. But would it get the point across that current republican idealogies so not work modern times to these southern voters? I think so and if not, screw them. This country will be better off without them.

    • Bullmoose

      Any spelling mistakes are due to my using my iPhone while typing this. Still I hope the premise of my comment makes sense. Those southern states and other red states would not survive leaving the union, but I really wish they would.

      • Bullsheetmoose

        Nice work. Go back to texting and driving you sack of cottage cheese.

      • republicans are evil

        I agree 1000% republicans and the stupid southern morons that vote for the right are the real reason this country is fucked. ignore all the trolls trying to insult you. name calling is all they can do due to being absent an education, common sense, or the ability to think for themselves.

      • moe/larry & curly keys

        gotta agree there…………… as far as repubs ( especially tea party white trash) ruining america

    • IsaRodriguez

      I am a woman with little income, a broken car, a daughter who passed away from cancer , lost my home , credit in disrepair …….. and live in a state you mentioned. you wouldn’t happen to be even a bit bigoted , or racist, sweeping whole groups, states, and “certain” people off the map, would you? This administration has allot to blame for the lack of jobs, and unemployment should stay as top priority, but, how about we give people jobs as our second priority? In as much as these two parties getting along….. well we have to blame the leader whom doesn’t seem to know how to make it happen. Please stop whining about the republicans or the tea party or Bush, its time to see reality. The democratic party sucks just as bad as the republican party . EQUALITY!! for all ! 🙂 by the way, while you are throwing out those states, remember to keep the ones whom help feed others with charitable activity as well as anyone whom employs others. #sigh

      • Vaughn A. Carney, J.D., 1971

        And of course GOP obstructionism has nothing to do with any of this, right? Get real!

      • republicans are evil

        or gerrymandering, misinformation, citizens united, De-regulating the banks, tossing out the fairness doctrine, all shit done by the GOP. instead of complaining that the majority of the country is learning to hate the southern red states, fucking move.

      • Nicolas Edwards

        Are you serious! You want to blame the prez for the lack of jobs. How is it that the republican controlled house has voted to repeal Romney care 200+ times but has refused to allow the dozen or so jobs bills to even make it to the floor. This is why you have little income and a dead daughter.

      • Kevin

        You have done much to prove the point of those who’s comment favor secession… You want to blame the President for the troubles and vote GOP / Tea Party, fine… Live with it, as will as your poor grammar… It shows the quality of education your Red state provided… Bravo

    • Sunnysmom

      I have thought the same thing myself many times since 2004 when Bush was re-elected. Certainly not in a petty way, but seriously questioning whether “e pluribus unum” is even possible anymore. Kinda like a struggling marriage that have vastly different value systems. I would love to live in a US where I could work hard and not have to fight and argue constantly for my neighbors to be treated equally in race, marriage, etc. and where we could have single-payer health care and all the other “socialist” programs as people label them. We need only look to countries like Sweden, Norway and many other European nations who are living that exact way and thriving.

      • Lyola M Roeske Shafer

        “Socialism ” is a dirty word ONLY when spoken by the Tea Party or other unaware Republican.

  • Itsall Tuna

    Food Stamps (SNAP) was invented as a farmers’ subsidy in order to allow real farmers to receive a higher compensation for their crops AND allow peope of limited means to actually buy the food that was produced.

    Then the Farm Bill turned to paying business-farmers to not plant certain crops, to subsidize the losses due to bad weather and blights, etc. That took accountability out of the subsidy equation. Food Stamps puts the money in real farmers’ pockets for actually producing food via the customer who will eat it. THAT is accountability.

    Tax payers subsidize the farmers to keep the food growing AND people get to eat. What a great concept.

  • Tizio

    In other shocking news, there were prayers at the Vatican today.

  • Tizio

    There’s a reason Repugliturds continually make these absurd, utterly unfounded racist claims: they want their sheep-like supporters to argue over demographics and reinforce their own prejudices while they and the corporate whoremasters they call “Job Creators” walk off with billions in taxpayer subsidies. Perfect, practiced, expertly-implemented redirection.

    You have to be some kind of spectacularly gullible, paranoid simpleton to believe anything a Repugliturd says about welfare programs.

  • Matthew Reece

    “Nazis were the only Nazis – period.”
    Actually, Communists murdered many more innocent people than Nazis did.

  • Matthew Reece

    “Another comparison that should never be used is anything compared to
    slavery. Slavery is a horrific act where one set of humans treats
    another like property – like animals. Human beings who are bought,
    sold, abused, raped, murdered, mutilated and who knows what else is like
    nothing else except actual slavery.”
    Actual slavery is the non-ownership of one’s own body. This includes a whole spectrum of actions, from stealing a person’s earned income through taxation to the treatment of Africans in America before 1865.