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At a July 4th barbecue hosted by the Cobb County GOP, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) told attendees that America is "staring down in the deep chasm of socialism and total government control." The Marietta Daily Journal was on hand to record his invocation:

"Father, there are many who want to destroy us from outside this nation," Broun said. "Folks like al-Qaeda and the radical Islamists. But there are folks that want to destroy us from inside, the progressives and the socialists, who want to make this nation a nation that's no longer under you, under God, but a nation that's ruled by man." [Marietta Daily Journal via Political Correction]

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Rep. Devin Nunes on ‘Liberal Concentration Camps’

In a Fox News appearance, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) denounced a fish conservation program that involves restricting water to parts of already-parched California, like Nunes' own district in the San Joaquin Valley (and not, as he points out, to places like liberal San Francisco). "This is really about common sense versus real eco-terrorism to some degree …. [W]e have been put into their liberal concentration camp and my constituents in the San Joaquin Valley [are] not going to take their nonsense any more." [Political Correction, 6/9/11]

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Herman Cain: Build a ‘Great Wall’ to Keep Out Illegals

GOP presidential, addressing the Iowa Family Leader: "I just got back from China. Ever heard of the Great Wall of China? It looks pretty sturdy. And that sucker is real high. I think we can build one if we want to! We have put a man on the moon, we can build a fence! Now, my fence might be part Great Wall and part electrical technology …. It will be a twenty foot wall, barbed wire, electrified on the top, and on this side of the fence." [ThinkProgress, 6/8/11]

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Rick Santorum: Climate Change a Liberal Plot

The former Pennsylvania senator and Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Rush Limbaugh's show: "[T]he idea that man … is somehow responsible for climate change is … patently absurd. To me this is … really a beautifully concocted scheme, because they know that the earth is gonna cool and warm. It's been on a warming trend so they said, 'Oh, let's take advantage of that and say that we need the government to come in and regulate your life some more because it's getting warmer.' [Talking Points Memo, 6/9/11]

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Michele Bachmann: Obama Released ‘All the Oil’ From the Strategic Reserve

During a June 26, 2011, interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann criticized President Obama’s recent decision to release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, telling host Bob Scheiffer, "It’s ironic and sad that the president released all of the oil from the Strategic Oil Reserve because the president doesn’t have an energy policy." If Obama had released all of the oil in the SPR, that would have been an unprecedented act of economy-screwing insanity. He actually ordered the release of 30 million barrels, or about 4 percent of the current holdings in the reserve. Crazy or just unbelievably ill-informed? Your call, America. [Politifact, 6/27/11]

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