Monday, February 24, 2014

If Republicans Don’t Want to be Compared to Nazis, They Should Stop Acting Like Nazis

We have witnessed a great deal of conservative madness over the past five years, since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. Some of us during the intervening years have wondered where it would end. I was one of those who early on began to compare the Religious Right and the Tea Party to the Nazis. It was not a careless or spiteful comparison, but one based on the evidence of their rhetoric and avowed goals. There is a reason I made the above map resemble the Nazi flag.

It is no accident that the Nazi cry of Germany for the Germans is echoed by the Republican cry of America for Americans. Once upon a time there were “real” Germans and our own time brought us “real” Americans – the obvious consequence of such claims being that everybody else was an interloper, inferior – the “other.” With a single utterance, people like Sarah Palin, like Hitler before her, was able to delegitimize half of the population. The “other” become parasites attacking the health of the country. This is a claim made by both Nazis and the Religious Right. Full article here! 

WGB: Wicked interesting article that I read today and wanted to share. Would love to know your thoughts after reading in it's entirety. I know the photo and title are shocking but I feel that was the writers intent to get us to read. It worked for me, he had my full attention.


Jameson said...

It's ridiculous. Anyone who in this day and age makes comparisons of any people to Nazi's is an ignorant bully. That article is beyond absurd! Once again, something you really shouldn't be posting because it doesn't deserve the time of day!! It's despicable this person is bringing up nazism and claiming it's happening in America because it's NOT. It's clearly some ideological nutcase who needs to find God. Fucking disgraceful.

John Galt said...

I would not go so far as Jameson ... profanity hurts whatever point he is trying to make.

I find those who use the notion that Nazi = Christian are failing to remember a key historical fact. Not only was Adolph Hitler anti-Jew, he was also Anti-Christian. The only authority he respected was the secular State. And, on that level, modern day socialists of the Democratic party as far closer to the Nazi party in their thinking. "NAZI", after all, is the National Socialist Workers Party in English.

All that said, many current leaders of the Republican Party can be accurately described as theocrats, not Nazis. The article writer likes the latter word because it provokes an emotional -- and therefore, irrational -- reaction. Again, that said, theocrats are just as dangerous as any others -- such as socialists -- who operate under group think.

Only those who defend free markets and free minds -- the principles of Libertarians and traditional Republicans -- stand up for individual rights.

It may not be happening now, perhaps not tomorrow, but eventually the Republican Party will move back to those roots. A large number of the 100 plus Republicans who signed the amicus curiae brief urging the Supreme Court to overturn Prop 8 here in California are part of that next generation leadership in the party.

Continue to use the power of persuasion with a higher purpose and you will see that change.

Dave R said...

Using "Nazi" to describe any one individual or group is an automatic fail and seems to be most often done by members of the Republican Party.

The Republican Part is, itself, dying and like any terminally ill patient will go through the 5 stages. Right now it is transitioning between denial into anger, so be prepared for them to get crazier. A Democratic win in 2016 should most likely be the nail in their coffin, though they may stumble around like a zombie for a few more years. What replaces the current party will go by the same name, but will have become more moderate.

It wouldn't surprise me to see the Democrats becoming more conservative. This is how life is, a pendulum swinging slowly back and forth between conservative and liberal.

Frank said...

The article attempts to draw historical precedent (all the way back to the Roman Empire through to the Nazi era)) for what is happening in Arizona and elsewhere in the US. I don't think his argument holds water.