It s Only Paranoia When It s Not Real
Vol: 103 Issue: 29 Thursday, April 29, 2010
I heard a news commentator say once that the Nazis were such a singular evil that drawing any comparison between them and anybody marginalizes the one making the comparison.
I’m not exactly sure who it was – I think it might have been Juan Williams, the liberal National Public Radio reporter Fox News hired for its “Special Report” panel as comic relief.
If so, he was probably quoting somebody else because I’ve heard the same comment being parroted every time someone draws a comparison between Saddam Hussein and Hitler, or between Iran’s fanatical regime and the Nazis.
And especially when comparing some of the Left’s tactics with those of the early Nazi brownshirts and other agitators, or with Josef Goebbel’s Ministry of Propaganda.
Since nobody dares to point out the similarities, Saddam was free to act like Hitler, Iran’s regime is free to behave like Nazis.
The Left is free to agitate and beat up on its political opponents. And the media is free to demonize their ideological opposition.
Before going on, any comparison to the Nazis does NOT diminish the unique horrors of the Holocaust. At the same time, evil is neither singular nor unique.
Israel was founded on the slogan, “Never again!” But if nobody is allowed to notice that the same signs that preceded that horror are in evidence now, then what is the point in educating oneself to the horror that was?
Why learn that during Hitler’s 1932 campaign, brown-shirted thugs went around to polling places beating up and intimidating voters if comparing that to the tactics of the SEIU, ACORN and the Nation of Islam during the ’08 Campaign is “right-wing paranoia”?
Why learn how Hitler’s nationalization programs, youth programs, national education agenda and social welfare programs were used to turn Germany into a fascist dictatorship if we are not to apply what we’ve learned to what is unfolding before us?
Obama has nationalized the banking system, the automobile industry and turned the nation’s biggest unions into a private political army loyal to Obama and his agenda.
He is following the fascist playbook to the letter, at first ignoring, then marginalizing, then demonizing any person, group or entity that dares question him.
If you question his background, his educational records, how he managed to travel to Pakistan in 1980 without a passport, or why he would spend millions of his own money to conceal records required of everybody who joins the military, then you are marginalized as a ‘birther.’
And everybody knows that ‘birthers’ are all right-wing nut jobs who only want to destroy Obama because they are racists who can’t stand the idea of a black man being President.
So unless that description fits you, you probably don’t bring it up much.
If you were an early member of the Tea Party, you weren’t part of a grass roots movement. Instead, you were marginalized as ‘Astroturf.’ When you didn’t go home, you were mocked as “teabaggers” a vulgar slang term used to describe a particular deviant sex act.
Now that the Tea Party has become a significant political force, Tea Partiers are under attack as “vigilante groups” or incipient domestic terrorists. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a Marxist group dedicated to smearing ideological opponents it hates as “hate groups”.
The SPCL warns that Tea Partiers are “shot through with rich veins of radical ideas, conspiracy theories and racism,” and are widely linked to “hate” and “vigilante groups.”
Together with the KKK, neo-Nazis, and “potentially violent” militia groups, the SPLC says that Tea Partiers are seditious, as are its alleged “leaders” — US Representatives Michelle Bachman, Ron Paul and Paul Broun. (Oh, and Glenn Beck).
Brandeis University is offering a course called “Right Wing Radicalism” in which professors follow “right wing radicals” from Hitler and the Nazis through to Tim McVeigh and on to the Tea Party. (It’s different when the Left compares somebody to Hitler or the Nazis).
According to the Left, the Tea Partiers are racist homophobes with a penchant for violence.
Reliably screwy liberal columnist Neal Gabler recently found a way to link the Tea Party to al-Qaeda in a Boston Globe editorial about the Tea Party movement, appropriately titled, “Screaming Extremism.”
“In order to get heard, you not only have to shout — you have to shout at the top of your lungs, and even that probably won’t do it. To assure yourself of attention, you have to do something so startling that you effectively stop the conversation altogether. In effect, you have to blow up the World Trade Center, or paint the streets in human blood as protesters in Thailand recently did, or threaten lawmakers and even spit on them as the Tea Partiers did, or call President Obama a traitor or a Hitler. You have to be an extremist.”
Gabler helpfully points out who the hatemongering extremists are, lest you are confused by his condescending nastiness into thinking the real hatemonger is Neal Gabler.
“That explains not only extremist groups but also a Glenn Beck or a Rush Limbaugh or a Michael Savage, who must be outrageously spiteful when there are so many other garden-variety hatemongers about.”
Gabler makes his case that the Tea Partiers are no different than al-Qaeda as many times as possible, carefully linking them to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.
“By knocking down the Twin Towers and announcing a constant stream of threats, the Islamic radicals got and continue to get publicity out of proportion to their numbers — just as the Tea Partiers have been dominating the national airwaves even though their ranks, according to survey data, constitute no more than 13 percent of the American public. Similarly, Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh are very well remunerated for their high-decibel hate.”
The Tea Partiers number “no more than 13% of the American public” and therefore, Gabler argues, they should be marginalized and ignored. According to the CIA World Factbook the entire African-American population of the United States is 12.8%.
Do you think Gabler should tell America’s black population that their numbers are too insignificant to earn them a seat at America’s table? Or America’s Asian population (4.43%)?
The CIA estimates that 15.1% of the total US population is Hispanic.
A Quinnipiac poll says the Tea Partiers represent 15% of registered voters. Add in those in sympathy with the Tea Party’s goals and the number shoots to over half.
Tea Party gatherings have been infiltrated by left-wing morons carrying racist or deliberately misspelled signs, hoping to give the mainstream media the images and video it needs to support its Tea Party narrative that they are all racist, insensitive, inbred homophobic, gun-toting red-neck insurrectionists.
It didn’t work, mainly thanks to the Arizona immigration law. The Left trotted out all the usual suspects, accusing supporters of the law of being ‘racist’ as if ‘race’ has something to do with law.
Is a legal Mexican immigrant of a different race than an illegal Mexican immigrant?
Every single charge of violence levied against the Tea Partiers has been vindicated. I am aware of only three allegations. First, that a black lawmaker was spat upon by a Tea Partier.
Not only is there no evidence that the perpetrator was a Tea Partier, there is no evidence that it actually occurred, despite the throngs of reporters and cameraman photographing every step of Pelosi’s defiant march through the center of the protestors.
Despite the microphones that captured Pelosi’s every word and grunt during that walk, none of them picked up the alleged “N” word slurs or the alleged gay slur against Barney Frank.
But to listen to the Left, the Tea Partiers are, as ACORN director Bertha Lewis warned recently, planning an armed insurrection that will see “socialists, gays, and people of color” rounded up and put into internment camps.
By grannies and moms with a kid on one hip.
Nobody thinks that Obama is Hitler. (Well, I don’t, anyway.) But it is certainly legitimate to note the similarities between their tactics. Hitler defined the “Principle of the Big Lie” – Obama governs by it.
The Nazi Brownshirts beat up and intimidated their opponents, stuffed ballot boxes and fabricated votes. So did Obama’s supporters among the SEIU and his cronies at ACORN.
Hitler demonized or marginalized his ideological enemies through his speeches and his control of the propaganda machine. Obama demonizes and marginalizes his ideological enemies – by name — directly from the presidential podium.
When told of the massive Tea Party protests on April 15th, Obama said he found it ‘amusing’ then mischaracterized and ridiculed the participants, finally saying that they “ought to be thanking me” as his carefully-vetted audience cheered him on.
Obama’s attitude is more than simply arrogant. It is more than merely dismissive. It is virtually delusional – and it is a delusion shared by a lot more people than propagandists like Neal Gabler or ideologues like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid.
Comparing them to Hitler or the Nazis is like comparing a baby rattlesnake to a full-grown timber rattler. It’s not what something is that is so dangerous. It is what it will become, if allowed to.
We study history for a reason.