As Marines Occupy Wall Street, Republican Rep. Paul Broun Calls Protests ‘An Attack Upon Freedom’

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Last week, Marines joined ‘Occupy Wall Street’ to help fight for their country with their fellow countrymen against the greedy banks and corporations that support union busting and corporate personhood. Yesterday, in an interview on ABC, Republican Representative Paul Broun of Georgia dared to call the Wall Street protests ‘an attack upon freedom.’

“Well, if you look at what they’ve been telling in the media, they don’t know why they’re there, they’re just mad,” Broun said. “And I see people angry in my district too, but this attack upon business, attack upon industry, attack upon freedom, and I think that’s what this is all about. Now, the unions seem to be weighing in and trying to subvert that anger into a political power to try to reelect a president whose policies are just totally ignorant and incompetent about the economy and how to create jobs and how to create freedom in this country.”

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The ‘Occupy Together’ movement is sweeping the nation in cities across the country. The protesters have a number of grievances. They are against efforts aimed at eliminating union rights, discrimination in the workplace, student debt, corporate personhood, and the undemocratic influence of big business in government, especially in making economic policy.

Broun has clearly crossed a line. Apparently when Marines fight against enemies the Republican Party approves of, it’s patriotic and a defense of freedom. But when those same Marines choose to stand with their fellow Americans against the evils of huge corporations that threaten democracy in this country, Republicans consider that an ‘attack upon freedom’. Republicans only support the military when it’s in their best business interest. If soldier is gay or exercises their right to protest, Republicans instantly drop that support and attack the men and women who defend our freedom with their lives. These Republican attacks are the true ‘attack upon freedom.’