Increased polarization and split control of Congress basically guarantees that American politicians won't be passing any consequential legislation anytime soon. So it's heartening to see that both parties have made one exception, putting aside their differences to universally ratify Godwin's Law.
Earlier this year, it was Maine Governor Paul LePage comparing the IRS to the Gestapo and Allen West being Allen West. This time, the offender was chairman of the California Democratic Party, who compared Paul Ryan to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels…
"They lie and they don't care if people think they lie… Joseph Goebbels — it's the big lie, you keep repeating it," Burton said Monday before the Blake Hotel breakfast. He said Ryan told "a bold-faced lie and he doesn't care that it was a lie. That was Goebbels, the big lie."
The only way this claim makes sense is if Joseph Goebbels was best known for exaggerating his marathon time in the 1939 Nuremberg Ubermensch Fun Run or misstating the timing of the closing of a Volkswagen plant in Fallersleben.
But at least the two parties have found common ground something. Now if only they could only acknowledge that the other side isn't a bunch of Nazis.
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Tags: California, Democrats, Nazis, Paul Ryan, Republicans
It all began innocently enough when, in his weekly radio address, Maine Governor Paul LePage compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo, saying, "We the people have been told there is no choice, you must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS."
As a Jew raised with stories of Nazi atrocities, as passed down by relatives who had personal experience with World War II in Europe, I was heartened by LePage's fanning of the historical flame. The plan by Nazi Germany's secret police to round up Jews, gays and political opponents, hand them health insurance cards and provide them with subsidized coverage is surely one of the 20th century's lesser known atrocities, but LePage is right that we must never forget.
Unfortunately, LePage couldn't leave well enough alone and offered clarification of his original remarks…
Said LePage: "What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated. Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet."
A reporter asked, "But they're headed in that direction?"
LePage responded, "They're headed in that direction."
The governor was then asked if he thought the IRS was going to kill a lot of people like the Nazis and he responded, "Yeah."
Apparently, that wasn't good enough for some people. So today, LePage formally apologized. "Millions of innocent people were murdered and I apologize for my insensitivity to the word and the offense some took to my comparison of the IRS and the Gestapo," he said in another radio address. There. He's sorry you were offended.
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Tags: Health Care, IRS, Jewish, Maine, Nazis, Paul LePage
While honoring Medal of Freedom recipient Jan Karski last night, President Obama caused some controversy after briefly touching upon one of the darkest moments in human civilization. When thousands upon thousands of Polish Jews, Polish Roma and Polish homosexuals rounded themselves up and incarcerated themselves in concentration camps strewn across the Polish countryside…
"Fluent in four languages, possessed of a photographic memory, Jan served as a courier for the Polish resistance during the darkest days of World War II," Obama said. "Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself."
Wait a minute. That doesn't sound quite right…
National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a statement later that Obama "misspoke" when he referred to a "Polish death camp," and what he was referring to were "Nazi death camps" inside Poland.
But the slip of the tongue had already caused some consternation in Poland, where foreign minister Radek Sikorski Tweeted: "The White House will apologize for this outrageous error," according to BuzzFeed, which first reported the error. Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk was to make a statement Wednesday morning, Sikorski said. "It's a pity that this important ceremony was upstaged by ignorance and incompetence."
Well, this is definitely embarrassing, but there's got to be a way for the President to wiggle his way out from under the blame. If I were counseling Obama, I'd tell him to claim that he was acting under orders from his teleprompter.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Germany, Nazis, Poland
According to the immutable principles of Godwin’s law, "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1."
Apparently, the rule also applies to presidential campaigns…
Texas Gov. Rick Perry today compared the GOP's quest to defeat President Barack Obama to one of the deadliest battles of the D-Day landings in Normandy in 1944.
"This election is about stopping a president of the United States and his administration that is abusing the Constitution of this country, that is putting America on a track to bankruptcy," Perry told a hotel ballroom packed with more than 200 volunteers.
"It is a powerful moment in Americans' history, and you are on the front lines," he added. "This is Concord. This is Omaha Beach. This is going up the hill realizing that the battle is worth winning."
If the GOP’s fight to unseat the President is like D-Day and the Battle of Concord, then that makes Obama both Hitler and King George III. Rick Perry probably would have picked a third figure, but there are no world leaders named "Oops."
Actually, Perry’s not too far off. I think we all remember from history class that time Hitler tried to give Germans universal health care and green energy options. Or the time King George oppressed his American subjects by trying to cut the payroll tax.
The proper analogy here isn't WWII or the Revolutionary War; it's Pearl Harbor. No, not that Pearl Harbor. I mean the gaffe Newt Gingrich made by comparing his inability to get on the Virginia ballot to the slaughter of thousands of American soldiers at Pearl Harbor. Perry should really quit while he's
aheadbehind and leave the garbled, hyperbolic historical analogies to a pro.
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Tags: Adolf Hitler, Iowa, Iowa Caucus, Nazis, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Perry
Rep. Allen West's Comparisons of Democrats to Nazis Are Being Twisted to Sound Like He's Comparing Democrats to Nazis
This is going to blow your mind!
According to a new poll, more Americans are inclined to pin the blame for Congress's ineptitude on Republicans than on Democrats. What?! How can people even think that? Where would they possibly get an idea like that?
Do you know who's got to be behind this nonsense? The Democrats! It's got to be the Democrats! Don't you think so, Rep. Allen West?
"If Joseph Goebbels was around, he'd be very proud of the Democrat Party, because they have an incredible propaganda machine," West told reporters during House votes Thursday afternoon.
And wouldn't you know it, but the Democrats managed to take that quote, feed it through their "incredible propaganda machine" and somehow make it seem as though Rep. West was comparing the Democratic Party to Nazis! Can you believe that?! They are truly evil Nazi-like geniuses of manipulation.
Of course, West isn't going to take that kind of demagoguery lying down…
"I'm talking about propaganda, OK," he said. "Don't start taking my words and twisting it around. I'm talking about propaganda. And I think that's a very important thing."
I'm glad that somebody has the guts to stand up to the Democrats. If you don't keep them in check, they'll be goose-stepping into Poland and segregating undesirables into ghettos in no time.
What?! That's a metaphor! How dare you even consider taking my words all out of context like that?!
Tags: Allen West, Democrats, House of Representatives, Nazis, Polls, Republicans