Rep. Broun: Liberal Judges Are America's "Enemies"

January 05, 2011 2:31 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Rep. Paul Broun

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is well known for his nutty right-wing rhetoric, such as saying "people are gonna die" because of clean energy legislation and comparing health care reform to the "Great War of Yankee Aggression." Today, in honor of the House GOP's transition into the majority, the Georgia lawmaker broke out an oldie-but-goodie, promising to protect Americans against nefarious "domestic enemies" — which is to say, anyone who doesn't agree with his strict constructionist view of the Constitution. In an op-ed in the Washington Times, Broun writes:

Americans will be watching for Congress to fiercely defend this country against enemies, both foreign and domestic. Our foreign enemies may be easily identified and grab national headlines, but we must remain vigilant of our domestic enemies who ignore the original intent of the Constitution. They wrap themselves in black robes and adopt roles of legislating rather than applying the Constitution. Their judicial activism is completely outside the realm of the powers granted to the judiciary by the Constitution. They must be reined in.

Liberal judges — presumably, Broun isn't complaining about recent instances of conservative judicial activism — join Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in Broun's enemies club. "We've got a lot of domestic enemies of the Constitution," he said back in October 2009, "and one of those sits in the speaker's chair of the United States Congress, Nancy Pelosi."