Rep. Broun: Congress Is "Overrun" With "Domestic Enemies"

January 20, 2010 10:42 am ET — Matt Finkelstein

Last night on the House floor, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) argued that health care reform is unconstitutional.  To make his case, Broun listed all of the powers explicitly granted to Congress under the U.S. Constitution.  For example, he said, "Most of the criminal justice laws that the federal government has on its books are unconstitutional, because we don't have the authority to do them."

At one point, Broun invoked the congressional oath of office, in which lawmakers swear to "support and defend the Constitution." But, according to the far-right congressman, many members of Congress have broken their oath.  "This House is overrun by many domestic enemies of the Constitution," he claimed. "And the Senate's full of a bunch of them also":

BROUN: In fact, every one of us, when we're sworn in every Congress, swear to uphold the Constitution against enemies both foreign and domestic.   Madame Speaker, we have a lot of enemies that are domestic -- enemies of the Constitution.  This House is overrun by many domestic enemies of the Constitution, and the Senate's full of a bunch of them also.  The courts are full a bunch of them likewise. 


Broun also made note of Congress' authority over Washington, DC.  "So when the District of Columbia decides that they want to have homosexual marriage recognized in the District of Columbia, we in Congress are supposed to tell them 'no'," he said. 

An extended video of Broun's remarks can be viewed here.