Thursday, May 19, 2005

Hey Santorum, who you callin a Nazi?

Everyone (here, here, here, here, and Update, here) is talking about the raw story article in which Sen Rick Santorum (R Pa) refers to Dems not lying down to be walked over on a handful of extremist judges. This is the same Santorum who a few months ago played the false outrage over Sen Byrd's commentary that the Repubs were taking steps toward absolute power, ignoring minority rights, similar in route to what Hitler did (here and here).

Update
Santorum has apologized (sort of) and says he meant no offense. Hannity refuses to discuss Santorum's remarks.

From Media Matters,
Hannity responded on the March 2 edition of Hannity & Colmes by calling Byrd "unhinged," condemning his Hitler remarks as "atrocious" and "disgraceful," asking, "Could a Republican ever get away with comparing Democrats to Adolf Hitler?"
I suppose not, but no thanks to you Sean.

End update.

Another update!

Santorum compares NYTimes to fascists and Nazis, via Atrios. This sort of game isn't new to him, and it makes his no offense comment ring hollow.

Just want to point out that fascist Italy had Catholicism as a state religion, and Nazi Germany involved an odd version of Christianity tainted with racism and revisionist history.

End Update

Some say that nobody should mention Nazis or Fascists (of which Nazis were an offshoot) because of the horror they inflicted on the world in the last century. Others say that its just a way for politicians to get attention.

I feel that some politicians invoke Hitler for attention, which is despicable, but declaring the word fascist or Nazi off limits ignores the fact that neo-Nazis still exist, and fascism must be prevented from returning. Fascism didn't end in the 40s. It exists still today. It can progress slowly, and those involved in its promotion may not even recognize what they are doing until they have reached the precipice.This was Sen. Byrd's point.

So what is Fascism? Should we be concerned that some of our leaders our developing fascistic tendencies?

From Wikipedia,

The word fascism has come to mean any system of government resembling Mussolini's, that

Hmmm. Lets look at if we can match these up with the leadership of the Republican party. I am by no means saying the Repubs are all fascists. The leadership may not even recognize that it has begun to cross the line. For the most part, politicians aren't mature enough to take a hard look at themselves and ask hard questions. But back to the matter at hand.
  • Rampant and unfettered nationalism? (just look around) Check.
  • Violence? (can be verbal or physical. threats toward and attacks on judges and activists) Check.
  • Propaganda? (government produced news) Check.
  • Censorship? (vote fraud in Ohio, Newsweek story, Downing St. Memo, all the times someone in the administration has told the press to watch what they say) Check.
  • Economic and social regimentation? (Tax systems that reward wealth over hard work) Check.
  • Corporatism? (lobbyists writing law, corporations evading taxes, politicians and judges for sale) Double check.
  • Totalitarianism? (Patriot Act, Nuclear Option) Check
Umberto Eco wrote 14 characteristics of a fascist. Does the shoe fit? Another 14 from Laurence Britt. Much closer.

Most disturbing of all is Thom Hartman's essay on the rise of Hitler. I recommend reading this and then having a stiff drink. If you read no other link on this site, read this one.

If you consider yourself a Republican, you have a few choices.
  1. Assume that this won't concern you. They won't come for me...
  2. Join the opposition party. We'd be happy to have you. After all, we balance budgets, grow economies, and can actually win wars!
  3. Take your party back. The leadership of the party aren't Republicans, and don't stand for what the party used to stand for.

by Robster @ 5/19/2005 07:53:00 PM PERMALink
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