GOP Rep. Paul Broun wants to repeal the 16th and 17th amendments to reverse ‘socializing’ of America.

Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) has been touring his northeast Georgia district as part of the Republican Party’s “America Speaking Out” tour, discussing his ideas with his constituents. During a stop in Athens, Georgia, the congressman revealed some of his more radical ideas about where he wants to take the country. At one point, Broun told a constituent that Teddy Roosvelt and Woodrow Wilson “started this process of socializing America” by passing the 16th and 17th amendments and endorsed repealing both of them:

BROUN: Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson started this process of socializing America, and they did it with the, Woodrow Wilson, particularly, pushes the 16th amendment that taxes income directly, and the 17th amendment that allows the direct elect of US senators, because the US senators intially were supposed to represent the states. […] I’d like to see the 16th amendment and the 17th amendment to be repealed finally, and that’s going to be a long process.

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In addition to his endorsements of eliminating the income tax and ending direct election of U.S. senators, Broun also called for ending birthright citizenship, endorsed making English the official language of the country to stop Georgia from being “invaded,” advocated for completely de-funding the Department of Education, and suggested he’s unsure about whether or not Obama purposely inhibited the government’s response to the oil spill so he could push an “energy tax.” (HT: Georgia Liberal)