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    Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on the ta

    Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on the table' | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Texas Regional News

    In a rambling exchange during a TV interview, Broden, a South Dallas pastor, said a violent uprising "is not the first option," but it is "on the table."

    Broden, a first-time candidate, is challenging veteran incumbent Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson in Dallas' heavily Democratic 30th Congressional District. Johnson's campaign declined to comment on Broden.

    In the interview, Brad Watson, political reporter for WFAA-TV (Channel 8), asked Broden about a tea party event last year in Fort Worth in which he described the nation's government as tyrannical.


    "We have a constitutional remedy," Broden said then. "And the Framers say if that don't work, revolution."


    Watson asked if violence would be in option in 2010, under the current government.


    "The option is on the table. I don't think that we should remove anything from the table as it relates to our liberties and our freedoms," Broden said, without elaborating. "However, it is not the first option."
    Seriously? Are these the kinds of people we want in government? This is insane.

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Revolution is a proper tool of the People should a government ever work against their rights and liberties for too long. He is right, it is not the first option. You have to be careful when it comes to revolt. However, it is something which legitimately belongs to the People. Now I don't advocate revolt at this point; and as he says there are Constitutional options by which we can first try to regain control. I don't see anything particularly wrong with his statement.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Revolution is a proper tool of the People should a government ever work against their rights and liberties for too long. He is right, it is not the first option. You have to be careful when it comes to revolt. However, it is something which legitimately belongs to the People. Now I don't advocate revolt at this point; and as he says there are Constitutional options by which we can first try to regain control. I don't see anything particularly wrong with his statement.
    My problem with it is that we are no where near the point where something like this should even be thought about. Things aren't perfect, but they never are.

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    My problem with it is that we are no where near the point where something like this should even be thought about. Things aren't perfect, but they never are.
    And that too is valid argument when considering actual revolt. And to me it doesn't seem as if he were advocating revolt at this time. He did say there were constitutional measures which can be used first. Revolution, however, remains proper tool of the People and the last resort against tyrannical and oppressive government. As I said, I find nothing wrong with what he has stated.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    And that too is valid argument when considering actual revolt. And to me it doesn't seem as if he were advocating revolt at this time. He did say there were constitutional measures which can be used first. Revolution, however, remains proper tool of the People and the last resort against tyrannical and oppressive government. As I said, I find nothing wrong with what he has stated.
    I guess I would agree if elections were suspended or the results ignored. I can't see how anyone could call our current government tyrannical or oppressive.

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I guess I would agree if elections were suspended or the results ignored. I can't see how anyone could call our current government tyrannical or oppressive.
    You can't go just on election results. The way our voting works now the elections are won not by the best candidate but the one that has the best and/or largest marketing campaign. That is not what is best for this country. A revolt won't solve this though. Education of the populace on issues and candidates and limitation on advertising spend is. Congress will never pass such a measure though since many of them rely on their larger incumbent marketing budget to keep their positions.
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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    You can't go just on election results. The way our voting works now the elections are won not by the best candidate but the one that has the best and/or largest marketing campaign. That is not what is best for this country. A revolt won't solve this though. Education of the populace on issues and candidates and limitation on advertising spend is. Congress will never pass such a measure though since many of them rely on their larger incumbent marketing budget to keep their positions.
    I agree that campaign spending is highly problematic, but if people elect the people they voted for and that person gains office, I can't see how that is considered tyranny.

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I agree that campaign spending is highly problematic, but if people elect the people they voted for and that person gains office, I can't see how that is considered tyranny.
    It's manipulation of the system. People are coaxed into voting for who has the sweetest candy vs who they agree with the most.
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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by Gibberish View Post
    It's manipulation of the system. People are coaxed into voting for who has the sweetest candy vs who they agree with the most.
    It doesn't matter, they are going after their choice.

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    Re: Republican congressional candidate says violent overthrow of government is 'on th

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    It doesn't matter, they are going after their choice.
    It completly matters. Our countries leadership should not be decided by marketing campaigns.
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