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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 8:00 AM EST

Nazi Baiting

On Obama's proposed "national security force": "That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist…You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential of going down that road." —Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)   

"Following the progressivism of Wilson were communism, fascism and Nazism. All believed in the state and tried to marginalize religion...All believed in the minimum wage, state control of private property for the public good, unionization and environmentalism. And they believed in eugenics to purify the gene pool...And with the Obama administration, just as in Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy and Wilson's America, the leaders of major corporations are falling in line." —Rep. John Linder (R-Ga.)

"We have now national socialism in America." —Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), talking about the federal takeover of GM 

"These are kids in Germany in 1923, and they're stacking what looks like bricks. What they are, in fact, stacking is their currency…That's just how bad inflation can be, and we all know the end of that story. It ended up into Nazi Germany." —Rep. John Fleming (R-La.), displaying a photo on the House floor

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) went on conspiracy monger Alex Jones' radio show to discuss Obama. "Look at Hitler," said Jones. Gohmert replied, "Absolutely. Boy that's the best example, maybe the best example...You just referred to that point in history where this stuff has been done before. It was done in the 1930s and its not the only place its been done. It has been done throughout history."


Climate Cluelessness

"I believe that the earth's climate is changing, but I think it's changing for natural variation reasons. And I think mankind has been adopting, or adapting to climate as long as man has walked the earth. When it rains, we find shelter. When it's hot, we get shade. When it's cold, we find a warm place to stay." —Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) 

"Carbon dioxide, Mister Speaker, is a natural byproduct of nature. Carbon dioxide is natural. It occurs in Earth. It is a part of the regular lifecycle of Earth. In fact, life on planet Earth can't even exist without carbon dioxide. So necessary is it to human life, to animal life, to plant life, to the oceans, to the vegetation that's on the Earth, to the, to the fowl that—that flies in the air, we need to have carbon dioxide as part of the fundamental life cycle of Earth." —Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

"If we decrease the use of carbon dioxide, are we not taking away plant food from the atmosphere?...So all our good intentions could be for vain. In fact, we could be doing the opposite of what the people who want to save the world are saying." —Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) 

"The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical….Every cow in the world, you know, when they do what they do, you've got more carbon dioxide." —Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)

"We have to have all energy all the time, not a simple focus on a single kind of energy, not a lockout of petroleum because some people say that it produces more CO2. I'll not argue the science of that, but this myopic belief that we can limit the emissions of CO2s and that somehow or another we can set the thermostat of the Earth is simply false. The premise of the science is wrong...When you have a huge policy like cap-and-trade that's built upon a flawed premise such as CO2 emissions by the United States have dramatically increased the temperature on the planet and if we significantly reduce the CO2 emissions in the United States it will turn the Earth's thermostat down, it's a false scientific premise, Mr. Speaker." —Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa)

"Scientists all over this world say that the idea of human induced global climate change is one of the greatest hoaxes perpetrated out of the scientific community. It is a hoax. There is no scientific consensus...We need to be good stewards of our environment, but this is not it, it's a hoax!" —Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)

"We have been hearing that by 20 years ago we were up to under 12,000 polar bears in the whole world, and now we know there are over 25,000 polar bears in the world. They're doing pretty well. I'm pleased the polar bears are doing well...Hopefully, we won't have to open up additional [hunting] seasons, that they will moderate their behavior. But we also saw with the caribou and people talking about how terrible it is to produce oil in Alaska. And we heard that if they ever put that pipeline up to Prudhoe Bay, it would kill off the last 2,900 caribou that were in the area, that we just couldn't do that. It would destroy their mating habits. Turns out, caribou now, when they want to go on dates, invite each other to go to the pipeline on cold winter nights because that oil is warm going through the pipeline and it makes them amorous. And now we're up to 30,000 caribou in that herd. So it turns out man and caribou and polar bears can do just fine." —Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)

"Wind is God's way of balancing heat...Wouldn't it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up?...You stop something, you can't transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It's just something to think about." —Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) 

"More and more, with each month that goes by, more scientists agree with me…We are winning." —Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.)

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