(Image source: Stephen Broden)

 

BY JIM FLINK

 

BRODEN: “We have a constitutional remedy here.  And the framers says, if that don’t work.  Revolution.” (WFAA)

He is a pastor and GOP candidate for Congress from Texas.  But controversial comments he made more than a year ago are re-surfacing -- leaving his opponents to ask are Stephen Broden’s thoughts --  fringe -- or right on?

We’re analyzing coverage from WFAA, Crooks and Liars, New York Magazine, KDFW, and Politico.

Dallas-Forth Worth’s WFAA spoke with the candidate
, asking him to revisit his 2009 call for revolution.

WATSON: “Broden says, revolution first means at the ballot box.  But if that doesn’t work, violent overthrow is an option.”

BRODEN: “Our nation was founded on violence.

WATSON:  “In 2010 you would urge that as an option though?”

BRODEN: “The option is on the table.  I don’t think we should remove anything from the table as relates our liberties and freedoms.”

An opinion writer at Crooks and Liars
asks, isn’t calling for the overthrow of government sedition?


“I've been warning that there may be some serious unpleasantness ahead if the Tea Partiers find their planned takeover of the government falls short come the day after Election Day. It seems a Republican congressional candidate and Tea Partier (and frequent Glenn Beck guest) agrees with me.”

New York Magazine says, Broden seems to indicate, if government bothers you -- Getcher gun.

“Broden ... is not one of those hysterical militant types who wants everyone to go grab their weapons and overthrow the government. No sir. He wants a ‘revolution,’ sure, but at the ballot box. And if that doesn't work, then okay, an actual revolution.”

But Broden’s opponent, incumbent Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, might not be without scandal herself. KDFW in Dallas explains.

“And Eddie Bernice Johnson was hounded with questions about a scholarship scandal during a rare public appearance. She was at Dallas city hall to celebrate a $2 million housing grant for the city. The reporters were more interested in scholarships meant for kids in the district that Johnson gave to some of her family members and staffers' children. Her aides stepped in to stop the questioning.”

And Politico notes, Broden isn’t the only candidate out there frustrated enough to at least talk up the idea of revolution. Politico looks at the bigger picture, saying candidates like Broden and Nevada’s Sharron Angle are the latest conservatives to give new meaning to “wholesale change in Washington.”

“Angle and other tea-party-backed candidates cite a letter Thomas Jefferson wrotein 1787 that contained the famous line ‘The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.’ ... Jefferson was speaking of Shays's Rebellion in Massachusetts, not the American Revolution...”


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Broden: Violent Revolution 'On the Table'

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Broden: Violent Revolution 'On the Table'

(Image source: Stephen Broden)

 

BY JIM FLINK

 

BRODEN: “We have a constitutional remedy here.  And the framers says, if that don’t work.  Revolution.” (WFAA)

He is a pastor and GOP candidate for Congress from Texas.  But controversial comments he made more than a year ago are re-surfacing -- leaving his opponents to ask are Stephen Broden’s thoughts --  fringe -- or right on?

We’re analyzing coverage from WFAA, Crooks and Liars, New York Magazine, KDFW, and Politico.

Dallas-Forth Worth’s WFAA spoke with the candidate
, asking him to revisit his 2009 call for revolution.

WATSON: “Broden says, revolution first means at the ballot box.  But if that doesn’t work, violent overthrow is an option.”

BRODEN: “Our nation was founded on violence.

WATSON:  “In 2010 you would urge that as an option though?”

BRODEN: “The option is on the table.  I don’t think we should remove anything from the table as relates our liberties and freedoms.”

An opinion writer at Crooks and Liars
asks, isn’t calling for the overthrow of government sedition?


“I've been warning that there may be some serious unpleasantness ahead if the Tea Partiers find their planned takeover of the government falls short come the day after Election Day. It seems a Republican congressional candidate and Tea Partier (and frequent Glenn Beck guest) agrees with me.”

New York Magazine says, Broden seems to indicate, if government bothers you -- Getcher gun.

“Broden ... is not one of those hysterical militant types who wants everyone to go grab their weapons and overthrow the government. No sir. He wants a ‘revolution,’ sure, but at the ballot box. And if that doesn't work, then okay, an actual revolution.”

But Broden’s opponent, incumbent Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, might not be without scandal herself. KDFW in Dallas explains.

“And Eddie Bernice Johnson was hounded with questions about a scholarship scandal during a rare public appearance. She was at Dallas city hall to celebrate a $2 million housing grant for the city. The reporters were more interested in scholarships meant for kids in the district that Johnson gave to some of her family members and staffers' children. Her aides stepped in to stop the questioning.”

And Politico notes, Broden isn’t the only candidate out there frustrated enough to at least talk up the idea of revolution. Politico looks at the bigger picture, saying candidates like Broden and Nevada’s Sharron Angle are the latest conservatives to give new meaning to “wholesale change in Washington.”

“Angle and other tea-party-backed candidates cite a letter Thomas Jefferson wrotein 1787 that contained the famous line ‘The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.’ ... Jefferson was speaking of Shays's Rebellion in Massachusetts, not the American Revolution...”


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