In Independence Day Prayer, Rep. Broun Compares Progressives To Terrorists Who "Want To Destroy Us"

July 05, 2011 12:40 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

On the Fourth of July, many lawmakers set aside partisan disagreements in favor of sweeping tributes to American freedom. But not Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), who couldn't keep his abhorrence of Americans who disagree with his political views out of his invocation at a barbecue hosted by the Cobb County GOP. As the Marietta Daily Journal reports, Broun told attendees that America is "staring down in the deep chasm of socialism and total government control" thanks to progressives who "want to destroy us from the inside." 

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (R-Athens), who delivered the invocation, warned about the future of the U.S. 

"We're standing on the precipice, staring down in the deep chasm of socialism and total government control," Broun said. [...]

There are those who wish to destroy the U.S., Broun said, citing radical Islam and "progressives." 

"Father, there are many who want to destroy us from outside this nation," Broun said. "Folks like al-Qaeda and the radical Islamists. But there are folks that want to destroy us from inside, the progressives and the socialists, who want to make this nation a nation that's no longer under you, under God, but a nation that's ruled by man." 

This kind of rhetoric is typical of Broun, who has previously warned of an Obama dictatorship, called FDR a communist, and compared health care reform to the "Great War of Yankee Aggression." Nevertheless, Broun's latest attack on progressive Americans is particularly offensive considering the setting in which it was delivered.