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Archive for August 9th, 2009

News From Over The Pond.

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Two stories which show a nastier side to the American political scene, one from SPLC:

“Providing yet another sign that major elements of the Minuteman anti-immigration movement are broadening their agenda to become part of a resurgent antigovernment “Patriot” movement, a top official of the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps (MCDC) has announced that he resigned Aug. 1. Al Garza, who was vice president of the largest and richest Minuteman organization in the country, will now head the newly formed Patriots Coalition, a conspiracy-mongering Patriot group whose website contains jokes about assassinating President Obama.”

Another from the Washington Post, it seems that the rabid Right are attacking Obama over the prospect of universal healthcare in the United States of America. Vested interests, disgruntled conservatives along with deranged radio talk show host’s are invoking Nazi symbolism as a way to attack the moderate measures proposed by Obama.

Naturally many Americans think that approach is wrong but the rabid Right is keen to heighten tensions in American society and prepared to go to any lengths to defend the status quo, read on:

“A handful of protesters and speakers who have disrupted town halls hosted by Democratic members of Congress over the past week have sought to compare Obama administration policies to those of the Nazis by waving placards featuring swastikas or by making the connection during speeches. During a meeting in Denver co-hosted by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday, for example, a toddler in a stroller was photographed holding a sign featuring a crossed-out swastika and the slogan: “Say No to Fascism!”

The comparisons appear to stem in part from erroneous claims by opponents, including some Republican lawmakers, that a House health-care reform bill would lead to euthanasia for the elderly. The bill includes a proposal to allow Medicare to reimburse physicians who counsel elderly or terminally-ill patients about what medical interventions they would prefer near the end of life and how to prepare instructions such as living wills.

Limbaugh has made numerous Nazi comparisons during his critiques of Democratic health-care proposals, arguing that there are numerous “similarities between the Democratic Party of today and the Nazis in Germany” and saying: “Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.” Fox News television host Glenn Beck also accused the Obama administration of being “in love with eugenics,” the discredited racial theory embraced by the Nazis.

Written by modernityblog

09/08/2009 at 02:07