This weekend during the "Talking Heads" programs every program I watched showed some right-wing wacko talk show referring to the current administration and comparing them to the Nazi party.
Really!? The Nazi Party!? You really want to go there?
Okay, let's talk about the Nazi party and see. Opposition to the Nazi point of view was disallowed during their regime. According to the reports I have read, any point of view that was presented in any public venue that disagreed with the party line was shouted down. It was later that this tactic was reinforced by the strategic employment of violence. (Is this not unlike the "grass roots opposition" who bus protestors to town hall meetings to shout down the speaker and prevent the healthcare plan from being discussed just because they oppose it?)
The Nazi part to which these commentators are referring were the minority of the German population. While there was anti-foreign (and probably anti-Jewish) sentiment among the population as a whole at the time, which the Nazi party pandered to in order to come to power; it is unlikely that if the full scope of what the Nazis (Hitler in specific) wanted to do had been known, he would have been elected. Hmmm. An unpopular party in the minority with unpopular views (which are also supported by a minority of the populace) skewing their real ideals to try and garner support… why does that seem familiar?
The opposition is really stretching to make this analogy. This is just more scare tactics in order to try and touch a cord in the populace and try and return to power. I hope that the populace is not stupid enough to believe the effluent that issues forth from the misdirection machine that the opposition has deployed.
Wherever you are today, I hope you will have an excellent day and that you will make the extra effort to think for yourself.
Don Bergquist – August 12, 2009 – Lakewood, Colorado, USA