Rep. Broun Calls Spreading Wall Street Protests An "Attack Upon Freedom"

October 06, 2011 3:42 pm ET — Alan Pyke

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is most famous for public comments ranging from the silly to the genuinely offensive, but his fans would also tell you that he carries a pocket Constitution with him everywhere. His enthusiasm for our freedoms as Americans has its limits, though. Asked today about the Occupy Wall Street protesters, whose exercise of the right to free assembly has pulled the spotlight back onto the casino culture that destroyed our economy during President Bush's administration, Broun described the events as an "attack upon freedom," among other things.

BROUN: Well if you look at what they've been telling in the media, they don't know why they're there, they're just mad. And I see people angry in my district too, but this attack upon business, attack upon industry, attack upon freedom, and I think that's what this is all about. Now the unions seem to be weighing in and trying to subvert that anger into a political power to try to reelect a president whose policies are just totally ignorant and incompetent about the economy and how to create jobs and how to create freedom in this country. This president and his administration have policies that are taking our freedom away. They're killing our economy, they're killing jobs, they're running 'em offshore. We've got to change all that. And it's absolutely for the future of our nation, for your grandchildren's future, because if we don't, this economy is gonna have a bigger crash than we had in the Great Depression. That's what this president's taking us towards and it has to stop.