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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.
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Written by modernityblog

09/08/2009 at 02:07

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  1. mesquito

    09/08/2009 at 13:11

  2. Oops. Sorry, mod. I didn’t mean to actually embed that.

    mesquito

    09/08/2009 at 13:13

  3. No problem, Meq, but surely you have illustrated the point?

    The whole Bush Hitler comparison was childish nonsense, so maybe it wasn’t a clever idea to copy that idiocy?

    Just cos someone’s done it before doesn’t make it right, or sensible to copy, eh?

    modernityblog

    09/08/2009 at 15:13

  4. I agree. Mod. It’s idiocy now, and it was idiocy when an obscure Illinois State Senator said in 2001 that Bush’s America and Hitler’s Germany were “uncomfortably similar.”

    mesquito

    09/08/2009 at 15:35

  5. It just shows that historical illiteracy runs across the political spectrum in the US?

    modernityblog

    09/08/2009 at 15:52

  6. Sure, mod. Presumably, you are not one of the 25% of Brits who thinks Winston Churchill did not exist, or the far greater number who believe that Sherlock Holmes did.

    mesquito

    09/08/2009 at 16:05

  7. Churchill said once that had he had an American father (not a mother) then he would probably have been in Congress not the House of Commons.

    modernityblog

    09/08/2009 at 16:30

  8. “I would have got here on my own,”, he said, with enough ambiguity to have us wonder if he actually meant the Presidency.

    mesquito

    09/08/2009 at 16:36

  9. Ah, but would he have keep swapping parties?

    socialrepublican

    09/08/2009 at 17:14

  10. well he was a liberal reactionary in many ways, an old aristocrat would been on the Metro/tube once and never the bus, according to his wife.

    modernityblog

    09/08/2009 at 17:49

  11. So TR Repub then Progressive then Dixiecrat then Goldwater Repub?

    socialrepublican

    10/08/2009 at 23:34

  12. what’s even more disturbing than the nazi-inflected rhetoric is the fact that the right is becoming more organized, while the left (or what passes for the left) is more and more disoriented and demobilized. there’s a relatively good blog post on this by louis proyect http://louisproyect.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/thoughts-on-the-town-hall-disruptions/ (someone with whom i’m not always in agreement, by the way). and while i think we need to do something more than just reread an old article by leon trotsky about the problems with the popular front in france in the mid-30s, it does point out the dimensions of the problems we face.

    les

    12/08/2009 at 17:49


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