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Unhinged Republicans—In Their Own Words

Is this mic on? Quotes from Congress' most outrageously outspoken conservatives.

| Tue Dec. 29, 2009 7:00 AM EST

Flirting With the Birthers

After writing the so-called "birther bill" (which would require presidential campaigns to present  candidate's birth certificates) Rep. Bill Posey (Illinois) says it was not about Obama: "I don't want to tackle it head on with him." However, he added, "The only people that I know who are afraid to take drug tests are the people who use drugs." —Rep. Bill Posey (R-Fl.)  

"What I don't know is why the President can't produce a birth certificate. I don't know anybody else that can't produce one. And I think that's a legitimate question." —Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)

"There are probably very few Republicans in the House more disappointed in Barack Obama for his position of promoting abortion on demand, for standing by and letting jihad gain traction in the world and for undermining our constitution and turning us into a socialist nation. That being said, he's a citizen of the United States of America." —Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)  

"Barack Obama could solve this problem and make the birthers, you know, back off, by simply showing us his long-form birth certificate. That'd solve the problem. There's some other issue, I don't know what it is, that he doesn't want people to see the birth certificate on." —Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)

On the birthers: "They have a point...I don't discourage it...But I'm going to pursue defeating [Obama] on things that I think are very destructive to America." —Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)


Red Baiting

On the stimulus package: "This steamroller of socialism is being shoved down our throats, and it will strangle our economy. This porkulous bill has a few decent provisions in it, but it's mostly filled with mystery meat. Rancid meat." —Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

"The question is, did we elect a President because we wanted to have a social democracy system? When Americans cast their vote for Barack Obama and they cast it for the Democratic Congress, did they also intend that this country should adopt social democracy, that lesser form of Marxism?" —Rep. John Carter (R-Texas)

Asked by the Washington Times if the Democratic Party should be renamed the "Democratic-Socialist Party," Rep. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said, "It would probably be harmful to rename the party, but it wouldn't be harmful to say there's a big trend toward socialism with this budget...Whenever the government does more, there's less for the private sector, that's a movement toward socialism."

"Now, I don't know the distinctions between communism, socialism, and progressivism. I would think we'll get all kinds of definitions and the nuances will emerge if we can have an intense debate about this. But there are a lot of similar philosophies within those ideologies."—Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

"This administration and the liberal leadership in this Congress is going down the same road that Hugo Chavez has taken the Venezuelans…Now where is that train going to take us? We've got a clear picture of that, too. All we have to do is look in Cuba, look in the Soviet-controlled Soviet …That's exactly where we're heading in America today if we continue down this road, this steamroller of socialism , this high-speed train that's going to drive us off the economic cliff." —Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

"It is killing this country to move so quickly towards socialism…. I learned a great lesson on exactly why socialism never works. Not only did it not work for the New Testament church, and eventually Apostle Paul had to issue an order that if you don't work, you don't eat, it didn't work for the Pilgrims. They had too many people starve to death the first year; so they went to private property and it flourished." —Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

"If there's a push for a socialist society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together living collectively off one pot of resources earned by everyone, this is one of the goals they have to go to—same-sex marriage, because it has to plow through marriage in order to get to their goal."—Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) 

 "When you take a lurch to the left you end up in a totalitarian dictatorship. There is no freedom to the left. It's always to our side of the aisle." —Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

"I'm just trying to bring attention to the fact that we may—may not, I hope not—but we may have a problem with that type of philosophy of radical socialism or Marxism." —Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

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