Chances Are, They’re Not Nazis

Bush & Obama As HitlerAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

Back in the halcyon days following George W Bush’s inauguration, detractors and opponents of many stripes referred to W and his administration as Nazi’s. Even before the days of borderline fascist government policies like the PATRIOT ACT or warrantless wiretapping and torture apologists, lefties and others handed out poorly Xeroxed pamphlets featuring W’s face with a Hitler mustache.

Now, the jack boot is on the left foot, with hard line right wing conservatives dropping the Nazi card when referring to all things not Right as some form or another of Nazism. Most recently, Fox News chief Roger Ailes called the top brass at NPR “the left wing of Nazism” and said they have a “Nazi attitude.” Allies’ comments refer to the firing of NPR news analyst Juan Williams, after he told Bill O’Reilly that Muslims make him “nervous.”

It seems somewhere along the line the word “Nazi” devolved to something of a schoolyard insult like “dork” or “geek” on the political playground. The fetish American partisan politics has for labeling the opposition party didn’t just show up around the year 2000. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Reagan all had their detractors shouting “Nazi.”

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  • Haystack

    I’m just waiting for this to come full circle and for us to start sending people to the gas chambers for being “nazis.”

  • Haystack

    I’m just waiting for this to come full circle and for us to start sending people to the gas chambers for being “nazis.”

  • 5by5

    No, Bush Jr. is not a Nazi. But he IS a fascist as Mussolini defined it (someone who believes in the merger of state and corporate power to advance corporate interests and social control).And of course Bush’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator who’s bank was shut down by the FBI under the Trading With the Enemies Act, and who was under federal indictment until 1952. He would have been prosecuted and properly jailed, had it not been for the anti-Communist hysteria that began to grip the country after the war. At that point, the industrialists were given a pass for their roles as Nazi collaborators that they never should have been given, and we’ve been paying a price for that ever since.And while it’s completely irrational to refer to Obama as either a Socialist or a Fascist (and total ignorant to refer to him a s both, since those are on opposite sides of the political spectrum), it is fair to say that Bush’s policies like the Patriot Act echo Nazi policies like the Enabling Acts.

    What you CAN say about Obama is that in his misguided desire to “move forward” he’s making the same mistake that we made after the Iran-Contra Scandal, and not prosecuting the members of the Bush Administration for their myriad crimes, or doing enough to reverse the policies of the previous Administration. It is also true that he is not helped in those efforts by a rabidly obstructionist Senate, and a Justice Department that is still infested with Bush political appointees. But still, he could be more aggressive, and isn’t being so, because the truth is, he’s really Republican-Lite, just like his senatorial mentor, Joe Liebermush.

  • 5by5

    No, Bush Jr. is not a Nazi. But he IS a fascist as Mussolini defined it (someone who believes in the merger of state and corporate power to advance corporate interests and social control).And of course Bush’s grandfather was a Nazi collaborator who’s bank was shut down by the FBI under the Trading With the Enemies Act, and who was under federal indictment until 1952. He would have been prosecuted and properly jailed, had it not been for the anti-Communist hysteria that began to grip the country after the war. At that point, the industrialists were given a pass for their roles as Nazi collaborators that they never should have been given, and we’ve been paying a price for that ever since.And while it’s completely irrational to refer to Obama as either a Socialist or a Fascist (and total ignorant to refer to him a s both, since those are on opposite sides of the political spectrum), it is fair to say that Bush’s policies like the Patriot Act echo Nazi policies like the Enabling Acts.

    What you CAN say about Obama is that in his misguided desire to “move forward” he’s making the same mistake that we made after the Iran-Contra Scandal, and not prosecuting the members of the Bush Administration for their myriad crimes, or doing enough to reverse the policies of the previous Administration. It is also true that he is not helped in those efforts by a rabidly obstructionist Senate, and a Justice Department that is still infested with Bush political appointees. But still, he could be more aggressive, and isn’t being so, because the truth is, he’s really Republican-Lite, just like his senatorial mentor, Joe Liebermush.