Rep. Broun claims feds will be calling your house daily to make sure you eat your veggies — and he’s an MD!

Conservatives say the darndest things on video, as Think Progress shows.

Earlier this month, Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) held an America Speaks Out town hall at the Elberton Civic Center in Elberton, Georgia to discuss various issues with constituents. At one point, Broun made the wild claim to his constituents that the federal government, through the Centers for Disease Control, would be calling Americans every single day to make sure they eat their fruits and vegetables. Broun called this “socialism of the highest order“:

BROUN: I tell ya, we’ve got some new problems in Washington. Big problems. Just today, Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta said people in America are not eating enough fruits and vegetables. They want to give all the power to the federal government to force you to eat more fruits and vegetables. This is what the federal, CDC, they gonna be calling you to make sure you eat fruits and vegetables, every day. This is socialism of the highest order!

Watch it:

Needless to say, the federal government is not going to deploy the doctors and scientists of the CDC to call every American in the country every single day to make sure they eat their fruits and vegetables. But the CDC is running a public awareness campaign highlighting the various benefits to a healthier diet, and has even assembled a convenient list of recipies that Americans can use to take advantage of fruits and vegetables in their diet. Given that September is Fruits and Veggies “More Matters” month, perhaps Broun “” who is a medical doctor by trade “” should be giving his constituents tips about eating healthier instead of scaring them about the nonexistent threat of the federal government forcing them to eat their vegetables.

This is a TP cross-post.

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7 Responses to Rep. Broun claims feds will be calling your house daily to make sure you eat your veggies — and he’s an MD!

  1. Being a physician does not train a person in broader issues of critical thinking, much less scientific method or basic policy. In fact, while many physicians like to characterize themselves as “scientists,” they are in fact more akin to technicians. Broadly speaking:

    — A scientist is someone who engages in inquiry with an eye toward discovering fundamental facts.

    — An engineer is someone who engages in inquiry with an eye toward developing new applications of existing facts.

    — A technician is someone who engages in inquiry with an eye toward maintaining existing applications.

    The overwhelming majority of MD’s are involved in just and only that maintenance function. In this instance, the “existing application” is the human body, which is a much more complicated system than, say, networked PC’s in a business office. But it is still the case that the MD’s inquiry is much more akin to that of the Network Administrator than, say, a physicist or climatologist.

    Given the need for extreme focus in order to master enough of the discipline’s techniques, physicians are not necessarily either trained or natively gifted in clearly and critically evaluating issues outside of medicine. (Another example: the largest group of signers on the fraudulent OIM petition were physicians.)

    Finally, because so much of our culture leans toward stroking their egos (it is difficult to get in and then through medical school, after all), physicians are set up for a false estimation of their expertise beyond their training. Hence, they are often guilty of the argumentum ad vericundiam fallacy when they go beyond the scope of medicine.

    So, while hearing an MD spout childish nonsense might be disappointing, it really should not be considered all that surprising. At the end of the day, they’re just folk.

  2. Jim Groom says:

    Message to Broun. You can’t fix stupid! However, there is no reason for not at least trying. Early in the Summer another wing-nut claimed the government was going to come after folks who eat bacon. The age of stupid is not looking well in this age of fear and loathing of ourselves.

  3. villabolo says:

    It’s time we started realizing that we’re not dealing with mere imbeciles. These are psychotic/psychopathic manipulators that know how to puppeteer their constituents Glenn Becks style.

  4. Bob Lang says:

    Yes, Gary #1, I had to look it up. Happy now?

    BTW, thanks for a very cogently articulated comment. I now understand more clearly why the medical profession fought Linus Pauling tooth and nail.

  5. Tickled, though I should have posted a link.

    Possibly the best source of information on the web for issues relating to logical fallacies is the Fallacy Files:

    The argumentum ad vericundiam itself can be found at:

    I get leery of adding links, as posts tend to vanish altogether when I do.

  6. catman306 says:

    He’s my congressman because the Republican legislature of Georgia gerrymandered a district he could win in.
    Our former congressman, a Democrat, John Barrow, had to run in some other district. We need a congressman with a living brain, so any help you can offer will be gladly accepted. He’s just too embarrassing to continue in office.

    Our congressman’s father was also a congressman in this area and was well respected. Junior built on that image to get elected.

    Congressman Broun’s 19 year old son (Paul C. Broun III) just got a DUI, 2nd one, last weekend. Read the comments for a clue of the mindset in this region.

  7. EMTguy says:

    Lunacy among congressmen is not rare. Take Major Owens (D-NY), now retired:

    “…. Also in the mid-1990s, Owens made headlines when he said, on the House floor, that during the trans-Atlantic slave trade some 200 million African slaves bound for America had been thrown overboard by their white captors. This, he explained, had permanently changed the ecology of the Atlantic Ocean and had caused sharks, as a species, to begin following ships (in search of food).”