When are these rabid fanatics going to stop with this nonsense?
Republican officials are upset about bumper stickers displayed briefly at the state DFL Party headquarters that said “Bush/Cheney – Most hated world leaders since Hitler.”
A DFL spokesman said an independent group apparently sent them to the office and the volunteer who opened the envelope Tuesday put them on a counter with others until a staffer noticed and immediately removed them.
In the meantime, a Republican Party staffer had stopped by the DFL headquarters to drop off a letter and saw the small stack of stickers. Another GOP staffer went back later and asked for one.
“DFL Party Chair Mike Erlandson must immediately cease the distribution of these hateful bumper stickers,” GOP Chairman Ron Eibensteiner said Wednesday.
Erlandson said the party didn’t distribute the stickers, which at the bottom list the Web site www.changetheregime.us
And then there was this Hitler comparison by former Sen. John Glenn:
Former senator John Glenn (D-Ohio) took the defense a step further by comparing the Republicans’ misleading statements to those of Nazi Germany. “You’ve just got to separate out fact from fiction. . . . Too often, too often, in this country, if you hear something repeated, it’s the old Hitler business — if you hear something repeated, repeated, repeated, repeated, you start to believe it,” he said.
As I watched Tuesday night’s network coverage of the unrelenting political propaganda hour known as the Republican National Convention, the first thought that came to mind was of old newsreels of those self-congratulatory Nazi rallies held in Germany during the reign of Adolf Hitler.
For many people, I’m sure, such a comparison sounds extreme. Yet, just as the Nazis were obsessed with endless displays of swastikas, the Republicans are obsessed with the red, white and blue (for that matter, the Democrats are, too).
In the same manner that the German people were told that Nazi leadership was faultless, the Republicans are telling the American public that no one knows what’s best for the world except the current leadership in the White House.
“If you believe this country and not the United Nations is the best hope for democracy, then you are a Republican!” bellowed California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
In the same way that Nazis rationalized doing away with democratic rights and launching a pre-emptive war to protect the self-interests of the Third Reich, Republicans this week continue to encourage the American public to ignore our Constitution’s directive that only Congress has the right to declare war (thus, we are not officially at war with anyone), and that a pre-emptive war with no exit strategy will actually protect “the American way of life,” rather than further endanger it.
And last but not least:
Former Vice President Al Gore yesterday unleashed another verbal assault on President Bush, comparing him to Richard Nixon and his staff to Nazi “Brown Shirts.”
Gore accused Bush of deliberately lying to the American people by drawing a link between Iraq and al-Qaeda in an effort to justify his administration’s “power grab.”
“So long as their big flamboyant lie remains an established fact in the public’s mind, President Bush will be seen as justified in taking for himself the power to make war on his whim,” Gore said in remarks to the American Constitution Society.
Gore also compared Bush to President Nixon, saying both held themselves “above the law.”
“There has never been this kind of persistent and systematic abuse of the truth and institutionalization of dishonesty as a routine part of the policy process,” he said.
The former vice president also said the administration works with “a network of `rapid response’ digital Brown Shirts” that pressure reporters and editors, a reference to Nazi supporters of the 1930s.
He also referred to Abu Ghraib, the center of the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal, as “the Bush Gulag.”