GOP Congressman: Obama Only Upholds The Soviet Constitution

Ladies and gentleman, Congressman Paul Broun:

Up in Washington, during a conversation Tuesday afternoon about the debt ceiling and the ongoing budget battles, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy asked U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, an Athens Republican, if his role in Congress is to pull the House Republican leadership to the right – given that he is often voting against their wishes and pushing a more conservative course.

Broun said his cause is far bigger, and tied the conversation to President Barack Obama’s inauguration Monday.

“I think my role is to uphold support and defend our Constitution,” he said. “… The Constitution I uphold and defend is the one I carry in my pocket all the time, the U.S. Constitution. I don’t know what Constitution that other members of Congress uphold, but it’s not this one. I think the only Constitution that Barack Obama upholds is the Soviet constitution, not this one. He has no concept of this one, though he claimed to be a constitutional lawyer.”

The Soviet Constitution, of course, has been defunct since December 25, 1991.

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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. C. Clavin says:
  2. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    With these people, in place of thought-out beliefs it’s just a random string of right-wing buzzwords, isn’t it?

  3. John Peabody says:

    Impeach Earl Warren!

  4. Anderson says:

    This is the same guy who thinks the Earth is 9000 years old and that “evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang theory” are all “lies straight from the pit of hell.”

  5. Lulu says:

    Doesn’t matter if the Soviet Constitution is defunct or not. Obama isn’t upholding The U.S. Constitution even though he swore to uphold it on January 20, 2009 & January 20, 2013.

  6. Schwarze Tulpe says:

    His objective is much worse than upholding the former Soviet constitution. That’s just smoke and mirrors what you are observing there, Rep. Broun. His ideal is to enact and uphold the 10 tenets of the Communist Manifesto but, in order to do this, he must erode the very underpinnings of America first. Politically, financially, constitutionally, and ideologically. It’s plain to see in his actions.

  7. mantis says:

    I like AJC’s quoting from the most recent Soviet constitution (1977), which is quite a bit less radical than stuff from back in the revolutionary days.

    The Great October Socialist Revolution, made by the workers and peasants of Russia under the leadership of the Communist Party headed by Lenin, overthrew capitalist and landowner rule, broke the fetters of oppression, established the dictatorship of the proletariat, and created the Soviet state, a new type of state, the basic instrument for defending the gains of the revolution and for building socialism and communism. Humanity thereby began the epoch-making turn from capitalist to socialism.

    The funny thing is, while it seems ludicrous to any normal person to think that is in any way similar to Obama’s inauguration speech or anything he’s ever said, I believe that when the president speaks, that is exactly what conservatives hear, regardless of what he actually says.

  8. mantis says:

    @Lulu and @Schwarze Tulpe are good examples of what I’m talking about.

  9. CB says:


    I hate to break it to you, and its very possible that it’s just my cynicism showing, but I dont think we’ve had a president who truly upheld the constitution since the days of powdered wigs and funny hats.

  10. Moosebreath says:


    Probably not even then (Adams and the Alien and Sedition Acts, Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase, etc.).

  11. C. Clavin says:

    Yeah…that’s right…Lulu and Schwarze Tulpe are good examples of what Mantis is talking about.

  12. Geek, Esq. says:

    Isn’t that Honey Boo Boo’s Congressman?

  13. C. Clavin says:

    This is today’s Republican Party.
    The party of Tsar, and JKB, and Indiana Jones, and Florack, etc.
    Andnow that he is an incumbent…it’ll probably be years before the ass-hat is voted out of office.

  14. scott says:

    Why do we even respond? This stuff is so incredibly tiresome.

    I just wish I had a ton of money so I could put up billboards in these guys’ districts that say something like: “My Congressman is an idiot” “Congressman Broun is an embarrassment to the country” etc.

  15. OzarkHillbilly says:

    @Schwarze Tulpe: A thumbs up just for being so over the top that you make J. Edgar Hoover look like a Stalinist.

  16. Tyrell says:

    The Constitution means nothing to the Congress, courts, and President. Most of them would not even recognize parts of of it. The best thing would be to require all schools to teach the Constitution and Bill of Rights so that the future generations will wake up and make some changes before it is too late. Our schools are now forced to teach Federal programs such as the “Common Core” disaster.

  17. grumpy realist says:

    @Tyrell: Y’know, whenever I hear someone screaming about How Nobody Recognizes Teh Constitution, I invariably find a gun-toting, Tenth Amendment Sovereign Citizen Birfer at the other end of it. It’s automatic.

  18. Ebenezer_Arvigenius says:

    Did we have a link from Wackoland again? I shudder at the though of what I will find when I google “Common Core”…

  19. george says:

    The sad part is, I suspect the Congressman in question really doesn’t know the Soviet Union is defunct.

  20. Ernieyeball says:

    @Anderson: Broun should also be remembered for the “personhood bill” as noted in Mr. Mataconis’s Jan. 9 post.

    The personhood bill, first introduced in 2011 by Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) and reintroduced by Broun last week, specifies that a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.”

    Broun, meet Brown. AZ State Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R)

    House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”

  21. Anderson says:

    specifies that a “one-celled human embryo,” even before it implants in the uterus to create a pregnancy, should be granted “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.”

    Great. Can I sue it for trespassing in my uterus?

  22. Ernieyeball says:

    @Anderson: Can I sue it for trespassing in my uterus?

    I suspect “Em” might not have assets and therefore be judgement proof.
    “Em’s” creator… (I’ll let you finish this sentence.)

  23. Anderson says:

    I’ll sue for injunctive relief, not money damages. The court will *order* the abortion clinic to remove the trespasser.

  24. Ernieyeball says:

    @Tyrell: Don’t know where you live but in Illinois all High School graduates and GED recipients must pass U.S. Constitution and State of Illinois Constitution tests.

    By the way The Bill of Rights along with the other 17 Amendments are the United States Constitution.

    See USCon Article V:

    The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress;

  25. Ernieyeball says:

    @Anderson: Sounds like a plan!

  26. serge says:

    @grumpy realist: Do you know the constitution smart ass? I don’t think so.

  27. anjin-san says:

    I am unable to comment. Obama Thugs showed up at my house today and took all my freedoms.

  28. An Interested Party says:

    It’s quite amusing that anyone who is a member of the GOP would actually accuse the President of not upholding the Constitution while members of the GOP are actively trying to disenfranchise voters…

  29. J-Dub says:

    How long before the GOP takes up the slogan “Work Sets You Free”? Maybe they will post if over the door of the House.

  30. al-Ameda says:

    I’m shocked that Broun survived all of those electric shock therapy treatments.

  31. James in LA says:

    Well these nuts have always been with us. I am related to most of them by blood. The digital era acts like the kitchen lights, and now that we have flicked them on, the true nature of our roach problem becomes apparent. We witness the RAID-like powers of this blog and many, many others.

    Broun is doomed to live a life of fear. Those who come after him have better choices offered to them, and will be less likely to be as stupid. The critical mass of power they used to maintain has, in the meantime, crumbled.