Tea Party: Obama is Hitler

It’s time the we stopped pretending that the Tea Party is some real organization that deserves our respect, with the media going so far as giving the Tea Party a rebuttal to the President’s State of the Union Address.

The Tea Party didn’t just invoke Hitler in a recent pro-gun fundraiser attacking President Obama.  The Tea Party said that President Obama is Hitler.  They even have a nice photo of President Obama sporting a Hitler moustache, titled “STOP AMERICA’S HITLER.”

Tea Party compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an email fundraiser.

Tea Party compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler in an email fundraiser.

Here’s a screen capture of the Tea Party Web page accompanying the email (there are two Web pages, one has the Hitler image, the other does not, though both compare President Obama to Hitler.)

Tea Party compares Obama to Hitler

Interestingly, Chris got this email from a German friend who is on the Tea Party list, and who’s old enough to have been a little boy during Hitler’s reign, and he was horrified by it.

When your political opponent gets this crazy, they not only lose all respectability, they also start earning a visit from the Secret Service, the FBI, and possibly an unmanned drone.  This is the kind of thing you could imagine people saying right before they blow up federal buildings, or at the very least before they inspire others to violence.

The bizarre anti-Obama missive, titled “Stop America’s Hitler,” came out a few weeks ago from TeaParty.org, a conservative faction of the Tea Party that’s been quite vocal about putting its opposition to the President in the starkest of terms.  It’s an email and Web ranting about gun control – what else? – and promotes the gun-nut lie that Hitler banned all guns.  He didn’t.

Here’s a little from the TeaParty.org:

I am compelled to ask again: if you were to make a movie today about a nation where only the police and the military had guns would you call it, “Schindler’s America?”

Do not forget Oskar Schindler who, while still owning a company, was under the boot heel of an all-powerful government. Guns were forbidden, free speech was forbidden and voting was outlawed. Now, all that we hold dear as Americans could be utterly annihilated.

Many say, “Oh, that can’t happen here.”  Do NOT be a fool!!!! As astute philosopher George Santanaya said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Time is critical. It is running out! That is why we have decided to stand up and fight with all the power we have!

Oh but NRA head Wayne LaPierre told us that gun nuts aren’t hoarding guns and ammunition in order to fight the inevitable war against the US government.  Yet, that seems to be what TeaParty.org is telling us. And it’s the same thing that Tennessee gun nut said on that video a few weeks ago, the one where he threatened to “start killing people” if the President issued any executive orders on guns.  Here’s what LaPierre claimed in a recent piece he published predicting the end of the world, literally, because of President Obama:

Gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government. Rather, we anticipate confrontations where the government isn’t there—or simply doesn’t show up in time.

Is that so?  Funny, how it’s the first argument gun nuts always reach to whenever you ask them why we shouldn’t ban guns. They don’t talk about hurricanes and riots, they talk about Hitler and Obama.  GOP darling Matt Drudge even put up a picture of Hilter and Stalin in a story about the President’s push for a legislative response to the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre:

drudge-hitler--stalin

And check this out.  Wayne LaPierre’s article he published is called “Stand and Fight.”  It was published on February 14.  The Tea Party missive against the President isn’t titled Stand and Fight, but check out the URL for the page, and note what I bolded:

http://www.teaparty.org/america-in-danger-stand-and-fight-19145/

According to the comments on the Tea Party site, that piece went up in late January – a good two weeks before LaPierre’s “stand and fight.”  I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

This part of the Tea Party email/Web missive is particularly disturbing:

Tea party obama hitler guns
If you can no longer depend on politicians to stop “America’s Hitler,” then what exactly are the gun nuts proposing?

So I don’t buy Wayne LaPierre’s BS when he says that “gun owners are not buying firearms because they anticipate a confrontation with the government.”  There’s a reason that both New York tabloids labeled LaPierre as insane following his response to the Sandy Hook massacre.  And it’s not because of the NRA’s, and the gun movement’s, cool head and calm self-restraint.

NY Post on NRA

Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA.

NY Daily News on NRA Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA.

Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA.


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  • http://likeiseethem.wordpress.com/ Rachel Jacobs

    Wow, were to start. Ok, Rothschild’s. History tells a different story, having your bank taken over by the Nazi party and having to flee your country does not really equate to working for Hitler, now does it. Yes, they are a large banking family with lots of influence. They are also a large family and members of families don’t necessarily hold the same views as others. I am sure the Rothschild’s that fled to the states to escape the Holocaust didn’t hold the same views as Lord Victor Rothschild, whose only crime, it seems is to oppose granting asylum to Jewish refugees…an ass, granted, but hardly representative of such a large family. My point still stands, if Obama were like Hitler or Stalin those who spoke against his actions would mysteriously disappear.
    My grandmother grew up in the Ukraine under Stalin’s thumb, when Hitler invaded she was captured and forced into slavery. She survived what millions did not through nothing more than tenacity and luck. To equate Obama with men who slaughtered millions and demanded, through use of force, unwavering loyalty is an unconscionable exaggeration. It diminishes the suffering of those, like my grandmother, who were forced to endure actual tyranny. To even begin to think that you can equate the two shows not only a lack of understanding as to what tyranny is but also a disgusting example of egocentrism.
    So, on to Obama. First the NDAA is a federal law, written by Congress, every year. This is the bill that funds our military. If the President had not signed the bill our military would have gone unfunded. If you have issues with certain aspects of the most recent versions of NDAA I suggest you take it up with the Republicans in congress who authored these most contested sections. Obama is not the only President to sign Executive Orders. Every President save one (W.H. Harrison, only served 30 days) has had numerous EO’s. Last I counted Obama has had fewer in the same amount of time as Reagan, Clinton and G.W.Bush. Furthermore, none of his EO’s are any more radical than previous EO’s. In fact, compared to some of his predecessors Obama’s EO’s are fairly minor. They also in no way, violate the constitution. Even if they did, and he were a criminal, you cannot equate him to Hitler. Hitler was a criminal but not all criminals are Hitler, got it. Until someone kills millions of people attempting to wipe an entire group of people of the planet you cannot equate them to Hitler.
    Furthermore, not only does the grammatical and historical inaccuracies lead me to doubt your educational level, the language of your final sentence brands you as a racist with more then a hint of paranoia. I suggest, you sir, go back and take a look at history. The Constitution may say “shall not be infirnged” (course it also mentions a well-regulated militia) but the Constitution also gives the Supreme Court the ability to interpret the law. As of 2008, the court has seen the 2nd ammendment thusly, “Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is
    not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner
    whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons
    prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues.
    The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding
    prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally
    ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places
    such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions
    and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that
    the sorts of weapons protected are those “in common use at the time”
    finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of
    dangerous and unusual weapons.”
    So, according to the ruling in DC v. Heller, 2008, written by conservative justice Antonin Scalia, the 2nd amendment is not unlimited. Hence, restrictions as to the types of weapons owned and who can own them are, in fact, constitutional. Before you scream at someone, spout racial epithets, and call people names you should at least know what you are talking about. You sir, clearly, know very little about history, our constitution and the way our government works. Good day.

  • Quint Leon

    and obama has signed several exectutive orders including the NDAA and yes, gun control that are in direct violation of the constitution..thats called being a criminal.. shall not be infringed is not written there to be glossed over,.. duh.. NO,YOU!! GO BACK TO HISTORY CLASS!! AND TRY READING THE CONSTITUTION NEXT TIME BEFORE ADOLF NIGLER DECIDES TO WIPE HIS ASS WITH IT WITH ONE OF HIS JEW CENTRAL BANKERS LOBBY MONEY.. IDIOT !!!

  • Quint Leon

    your retarded. he is still restrained by the constitution but he is workling on erasing that for the next elitsist scumbag to take office.. and i have read plenty of history books,.im a phi alpha theta historian.. you def are clueless because hitler worked for the same family obama does, the rothschilds.. your the one who needs ot go back and read history .. and stop posting misinformation as it makes u look like a hasbara troll. say hello to lord rothschild for me, k?

  • Quint Leon

    god bless israel.. yea, u arent brainwashed.. not at all.. keep watching FOX news kid.. and keeployal to your jewish banker slave owners.. such a good little goyim you are!! hohoho

  • not an idiot

    pretty much

  • Not an idiot like you

    yes because obama killed 6 million jews and caused ww2. i swear you idiots will say anything to get people to hate obama.

  • Dan Nowotarski

    We sometimes hear those on the left compare those on the right with Nazi’s, but really just the opposite is true, no one can argue the fact that the Obama administration and Hitler’s Nazi’s both support/supported the Muslim Brotherhood. I just hope that more American’s will wake up to the fact that our Liberties and Freedoms are at stake here. God Bless America, Israel, the NRA and all Real Freedom Fighting Patriots.

  • Max Gilardi

    Some of his policies are kind of like Hitler’s.

  • A Concerned Citizen

    Obama *is* Hitler. Anyone who doesn’t see that is stupid. And since all liberals are stupid, this makes quite a lot of sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Madwriter Danny Adams

    So in other words, the Tea Party can’t even get its hyperbole right. Hitler only banned Jews from owning guns, not anyone else. The real lesson there, which we should be paying close attention to, is that owning guns doesn’t do any good against a dictatorship if the gun owners agree with the dictator.

  • http://www.facebook.com/milos.mikos.7 Milos Mikos

    Hmmm….let’s see…the Tea Party believes in the truth, God and the Constitution. So let us be truthful…Barack Obama is, factually speaking…an America hating, Constitution hating, arrogant, lying Marxist punk. Yep, that pretty well sums it up. And yes, he has been very successful in his “fundamental transformation” of the country…from America to a Socialist/Marxist State, which will eventually be totally overrun by government control and Facism. Now don’t get mad at me duped Americans..you’ve got what you wanted, so all we have to do is wait and see…unless you wake up very soon. Cheers :)

  • caphillprof

    My point is that it is well past time to nip this in the bud.

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  • Mr_Art_Vandelay

    Not to stick up for the TP, but plenty of people called/depicted Dubya as Hitler when he was Pres. Just google “Bush Hitler” for tons of reminders. Let’s not be hypocrites and act in faux shock or we’re just as bad as them.

  • Knuckledragger

    Is this where all of the backwards, ignorant trailer trash from fly-over states gather to opine?

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    OK, downers, check out Arizona and its banning of Latin studies. The books covering Latin history and culture are banned in schools. Start here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/05/books-banned-arizona_n_1941253.html

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That what I mean, no really :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/jerry.cascone Jerry Cascone

    Stalin had little choice but to use a firm hand on The Soviet Countries, He was faced with the problem that the majority of his subjects were completely uneducated, further they were of different religious backgrounds, He was the right tyrant for the times! North Korea, China, Iraq, Iran, The Saudi’s and to a much lessor extent many of the so called Democracies may fit into that category as well, or they may better fit into that of Emerging Nations. As for Hitler I think he was simply a madman with delusions!

  • Bill Brown

    Problem is Hitler did terrible things yes, but at the same time he did good for the working class much and especially for pregnant women. Medical, working conditions, hours of work, social security and vacations. Perhaps this is what the Tea Party wants to thank Hitler for.

  • Cletus

    No matter of time about it. It’s already happened several times over the last four years.

  • Bosfarcal

    Wait a second. I thought the Tea Party said Karl Rove was Hitler. I wish they’d make up their minds.

  • georgyqua

    Yeah, I remember saying this about Bush when he was President…a lot of us were saying it on various blogs. And, conservatives were ranting about it in much the same way we are ranting about it now. And, we will probably say it again whenever there is another Republican President….let’s move on, nothing much going on here.

  • Brenbren

    Watch the Vice Guide episode on gun control on YouTube. It’s amazing. This is completely cyclical for right wing nut jobs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/keith.mcbee.5 Keith Mcbee

    How much of a IQ does it take to be a tea party member, 2 active brains must be the first requirement.

  • RJ

    Son of a…really. I am so tired of this argument. It is stupid and pointless and does a disservice to anyone who was effected by Hitler and Stalin. If Obama were anything like Hitler and Stalin we would not be having this conversation…because the e-mails would have never made it out, the articles would never go to press and those who spouted such would mysteriously disappear. Since the tea party still exists and has this little thing called freedom of speech it goes to follow that Obama is NOT Hitler. Grow up and read a history book. http://wp.me/p33Zln-5h

  • http://www.facebook.com/freckwilkinson Lindell Wilkinson

    History channel has that as a 4 hr documentary. It is the most interesting thing about WW2 i have ever watched. Really goes into detail about what happened inside of Germany during this terrible time in human history.

  • wiredpup

    I never called Bush a nazi, moron, idiot, dumbass, and a few other similar words, but never nazi. He isn’t that smart.

  • kayatz3

    It would just reinforce their ideas.

  • Indigo

    Gorbachev, maybe but Hitler . . . no. You’se gotta be anti-semitic to be a real Hitler, see?

  • Naja pallida

    They don’t ban text books, they just rewrite them to omit the facts. Then defund the schools to the point where they can’t even afford to buy their rewritten books.

  • Naja pallida

    You are correct, I’m sure there is much we don’t know. Though, I don’t imagine any future administration going to come out and admit anything, because they will want to keep those powers for themselves as well. Which is really why nothing has been done about lying us to war, or torture, or spying on American citizens, rendition to black sites, etc.

  • slavdude

    Oh yeah, misspell Concord. Some “patriots” they are.

  • Swami_Binkinanda

    The race traitor half you mean? Is that you Charles Murray?

  • MM1711

    Kind of like where were these guys when Bush was running up the budget deficit? Or where were these guys when it was “unpatriotic” and “un-American” to criticize a sitting President during a time of war (because it “emboldens terrorists”)…unless that President is black and (even if barely) a Democrat

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    “Nobody is doing medical experiments on them,” You might want to rethink this NP. There is plenty evidence that doctors, nurses and other medical staff have done so as a matter of enhanced interrogation policy at Gitmo. Obozo claims that torture has been suspended, but there is a blanket of opaquness at the rendition sites that prevents confirmation. I hold, that Obama is no less than a neo-con, whose right to assassination of American citizens without hearing or trial, is just the tip of the human rights/war crimes iceberg.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    The Kochs are the new Krupps.

  • pappyvet

    Typical propaganda techniques. Oddly enough, straight from the coffeehouse of Berlin.

    “Our worldview is not directed against
    Christianity, but rather based on Christianity and against cultural bolshevism,
    against the false liberalism of the Enlightenment, and against materialism.”
    Rudolf Buttmann, head of the Cultural Division of the Reich Interior Ministry.

    Perhaps one of the pro-gun lobby’s favorite arguments is that if German citizens
    had had the right to keep and bear arms, Hitler would have never been able to
    tyrannize the country. And to this effect, pro-gun advocates often quote the
    following:

    “1935 will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has
    full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient, and
    the world will follow our lead into the future.” – Adolf Hitler

    However,
    this quote is almost certainly a fraud. There is no reputable record of him ever
    making it: neither at the Nuremberg rallies, nor in any of his weekly radio
    addresses. Furthermore, there was no reason for him to even make such a
    statement; for Germany already had strict gun control as a term of
    surrender in the Treaty of Versailles. The Allies had wanted to make Germany as
    impotent as possible, and one of the ways they did that was to disarm its
    citizenry. Only a handful of local authorities were allowed arms at all, and the
    few German citizens who did possess weapons were already subject to full gun
    registration. Seen in this light, the above quote makes no sense
    whatsoever.

    The Firearms Policy Journal (January 1997) writes:

    “The Nazi Party did not ride to power confiscating guns. They rode to power
    on the inability of the Weimar Republic to confiscate their guns. They did not
    consolidate their power confiscating guns either. There is no historical
    evidence that Nazis ever went door to door in Germany confiscating guns. The
    Germans had a fetish about paperwork and documented everything. These searches
    and confiscations would have been carefully recorded. If the documents are
    there, let them be presented as evidence.”

    On April 12, 1928, five years
    before Hitler seized power, Germany passed the Law on Firearms and Ammunition.
    This law substantially tightened restrictions on gun ownership in an effort to
    curb street violence between Nazis and Communists. The law was ineffectual and
    poorly enforced. It was not until March 18, 1938 — five years after
    Hitler came to power — that the Nazis passed the German Weapons Law, their
    first known change in the firearm code. And this law actually relaxed
    restrictions on citizen firearms.http://www.huppi.com/kangaroo/L-hitler.htm

  • http://www.facebook.com/eve.condon Eve Wartenberg Condon

    Thanks for writing this. This whole line of rhetoric is dangerous. I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time before some paranoid Tea Party loon starts a firefight with local law enforcement in the name of defending America.

  • nicho

    Same here — and unfortunately, that includes members of my own family. Totally over the edge.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    That’s Ok. The more martyrs the better. After all we all have our cross to bear.

  • nicho

    You mean the prison set up by Bush and the one that the GOP in Congress won’t let Obama dismantle? That One?

  • nicho

    Pffft. All Teabaggers are demented. The thing that government overspends the most on is our bloated military. Why aren’t the Teahadists talking about shutting that down?

  • nicho

    The only “positive” thing that ever came from Hitler is that we learned a
    lesson about just how awful a person can be, just how far that person
    will try to go if given a position of power, and just how tragically
    costly it is to get rid of him.

    The problem is that a lot of people didn’t learn that lesson. The Teabaggers are falling victim to the same kind of demagoguery that allowed Hitler to seize power.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Oh yes, for example: The Rockefellers provided the funding for the science of eugenetics that tortured and murdered millions of people and the Bush family along with others provided banks to launder confiscated Jewish assets.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Or worse, Teabeckistan.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    And all teeth at that!

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Or when Obozo starts banning books or burning school texts like say, Arizona or Texas, the we can evoke ‘Nazi’. BTW, Godwin’s Law is not a valid thesis, but a propaganda tool…oops I just evoked Goebbles.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Well, they learned that Romney and Perry have histories of wearing authoritarian drag.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Oh god, palm hits head again. Thanks

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    If Homeland Security and TSA could break away from their diddling hobby duties, they should nail these dangerous morons as a security threat.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Indeed.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Hell, none of them comprehend that Nazism, Socialism, and Communism are three different political/economic philosophies.

  • Naja pallida

    If you can’t win, change the rules.

  • Bill_D_Cat

    Some refer to their homeland as Teabagistan.

  • Badgerite

    Yeah! These people are all about the Constitution. From The Huffington Post:

    A Republican state legislator in Missouri has proposed legislation that would make it a felony for lawmakers to introduce legislation to ‘restrict Second Amendment Rights’ in the state. Legislation introduced Monday by state Rep. Mike Leara (R.-St.Louis) would make state legislators guilty of a Class D felony if they introduce legislation that ‘further restricts an individual’s right to bear arms’.

    This is just like the ‘gag laws’ the south used to have before the Civil War to tamp down any homegrown opposition to slavery. Same kind of thing. Same kind of people.

  • Naja pallida

    I hate to be the one to sound like I’m defending Gitmo, when I don’t condone anything to do with it, not even the fact that we continue to claim possession of the land when it is a war-occupied territory of a foreign nation that doesn’t want us there. The people held there are not being forced into slavery. Nobody is doing medical experiments on them, nor exterminating them. Keeping political prisoners indefinitely without charge doesn’t really draw a lot of specific Nazi parallels. Though, you could easily compare it to any number of other oppressive dictatorships that have done, and continue to do, such things.

  • Naja pallida

    I’m sure that’s what all the racists tell themselves when they look at him.

  • charlestonvoice

    hey, how do you account for his white half? Let’s look at the whole person, not his color.

  • charlestonvoice

    The 1st Amendment should only apply to government sites & sources. All others should be prosecuted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/monoceros.forth Monoceros Forth

    Yeah, right. “…want government to stop overspending and stop over managing our lives.” When Bush the Lesser was President you “Tea Party” clowns were invisible. Obama’s elected and all of a sudden the “Tea Party” emerges fully formed, ranting about debts and big gummint. You like it just fine if you like the guy in charge.

  • KingCranky

    Ah the irony, decrying gun control while praising Schindler, who saved lives without using any guns, or firing a single shot to do so.

    On bagger bizarroworld, logical consistency is shunned, not embraced.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Daniel.Raymond.Spencer Daniel Spencer

    All I can say is that I am still waiting to meet that sane tea partier. I’ve met a few TP’s and so far, they are all whacko’s as far as I’m concerned.

  • Naja pallida

    Hell, a couple hours of staring at the History Channel, often jokingly called the Hitler Channel because of the amount of WW2 programming they show, would give them some perspective. But whenever they’re given the choice between educating themselves and wallowing in their own ignorance, they choose ignorance, and actually get angry when anyone tries to educate.

  • Naja pallida

    These idiots couldn’t even pass a pop quiz on what has happened in our own politics in the last 10 years, much less something that happened a generation ago in another country. We’re talking about people who still think we found WMDs in Iraq and that Saddam was behind 9/11, and that Bush balanced the budget until Obama came in and ran up a huge debt.

  • Bill_D_Cat

    Where were these guys when Bush was suspending habeas corpus, expanding executive power every chance he got, and basically wiping his ass with the Constitution? By and large, they were protesting the Dixie Chicks. Oh, what a difference having a black president makes. I’m reminded of how the NRA helped pen gun control legislation when the Black Panthers were waving firearms around.

  • nicho

    I’m willing to bet that if you gave these numbnuts a quiz on Hitler, how he came to power, the root causes of the embracing of Naziism in Germany, Hitler’s policies other than the Holocaust, and how he was enabled by western powers and the corporatists in the US, none of them would get more than 20 percent. Their entire thought process is:

    Hitler was bad
    We don’t like Obama
    Therefore, Obama = Hitler

    (which even fails as a syllogism)

  • xlrrp

    They’re all koch-suckers.

  • HolyMoly

    The only “positive” thing that ever came from Hitler is that we learned a lesson about just how awful a person can be, just how far that person will try to go if given a position of power, and just how tragically costly it is to get rid of him. Not that there weren’t other leaders in past centuries or millennia who were just as brutal (I’m sure there were), but coming so few and far between I guess we were at a point in history where the lesson had become forgotten. Thanks to 20th-century audio/video technology and better archiving of historical events, perhaps the lesson learned COULD be preserved for a much greater length of time. Indefinitely, one could hope, but that would be too naive.

    But then along comes the Tea Nuts and their right-wing compatriots who, by constantly invoking Hitler’s name every single time democracy doesn’t give them everything they want, they’ve diluted the whole meaning of the word/name Hitler. Kind of like printing more and more money results in the decreased purchase power of the dollar, flooding political discourse with “Hitler” comments decreases the impact of what that name actually means. Preservation of the historical record notwithstanding, it seems that the lesson is at risk of being completely lost once again. “Condemned to repeat” maybe, or condemned to “rhyme” like Twain once wrote, but BECAUSE of the actions of people like the Teapots, not in spite of them.

    It’s the right using that terminology today, but some on the left have used it in the past, particularly when Bush II was in office. It’s unacceptable no matter who does it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.tolle Patrick L. Tolle

    That book and Goldhagen’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners to find out where the real basis of that takeover and its consequences lay.Same characterization of this title and the same expectations that any bagger would read it or understand it if they did.

  • Mike Meyer

    Say, how’s about that GITMO??? Looks kinda Nazified, doncha think. Of course GITMO isn’t just Obama’s , she belongs to ALL OF US. Maybe WE are the Nazis and Obama is just going along to get along.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patrick.l.tolle Patrick L. Tolle

    They may not represent that segment of American society,but I never hear much condemnation of this sort of outrageous behavior from that segment, either. How’s that for focused?

  • Joe

    The teaparty.org does not represent most hard working Americans that consider themselves part of a ‘Tea Party’ and want government to stop overspending and stop over managing our lives. Keep your criticism focused and don’t paint a broad brush. Otherwise you are guilty of that which you protest against.

  • henrythefifth

    Not that the Tea Baggers are known for their historical acumen, but I’d suggest they pick up William Shirer’s excellent “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” Boy, would they be in for a surprise when they found out what that era was truly like. But, it’s an adult book, hundreds of pages, and it has a lot of big words, so I can’t expect them to read it.

  • Naja pallida

    I love how they ignore that gun control was enacted in Germany, prior to Hitler’s rise in power, with the express purpose of trying to disarm groups like the SA. In an attempt to prevent someone like Hitler from being able to stage a coup against a relatively weak government. After that, the only thing Hitler wanted to do was take guns away from Jews, and any other “inferior” groups that might have an inclination to fight back as he turned them into non-citizens and then exterminated them. Of course, they equate registration with wanting to take away guns, so the absurdity falls even further into the pit.

    Sorry, only Hitler was like Hitler. Only Stalin was like Stalin. Any comparison therein with a modern politician is just admitting anything you have to say from there on is ignorant twaddle. Once Obama starts saying that the Jews are to blame for all our problems, then you can start comparing him to Hitler. Once Obama starts throwing all our scientists into gulags, then you can start to compare him to Stalin.

    These people are not conservative. Nothing they have proposed or supported politically is a traditional conservative value. I think we really need to stop calling them that. They are just idiots, and patsies of the special interests that drive their fear and anger.

  • brobin

    When the false outrage at the president is so out of proportion with his actual policies, its hard not to believe that racism is at the core of their anger.

  • nicho

    TeaParty.org, a conservative faction of the Tea Party

    If by conservative you mean batshit crazy, then yes.

  • Mark Stephenson

    I’m so old (older than 10 years old) that I can remember when a BLOGGER said that G. W. Bush was “acting” like a Nazi by ignoring the FISA Court rules. The Republicans were so mad tht they passed a resolution in the House condemning the implication that Bush was acting like a Nazi.

    How times change. Now it’s NAZI, NAZI, NAZI, NAZI, – and Republicans don’t mind a bit.
    Geeee, what’s different?

  • ARP

    I would also say that there’s a sizable minority of people that are following the Tea Party down this psychological path. Meaning, they believe this is actually happening (or some version of it) rather than hitting a “hyperbole threshold” and deciding these people are making false comparisons. That’s my concern.

  • sunmusing

    tea party=koch brothers…koch brothers=seditionist/traitors…no arrests will be made unless they order someone like you or me to be arrested…seems fair…

  • wmforr

    Of course any arrests would be “because of their Christian faith”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/randyariddle Randy Riddle

    The bigger – and more disturbing – issue here is who keeps funding and supporting the Tea Bagger movement. You can thank Exxon, Pfizer, Time-Warner and other big corps for putting the Tea Baggers in control of the NC state government, for example. http://www.southernstudies.org/2013/02/big-corporations-put-up-seed-funding-for-republican-dark-money-group.html

  • caphillprof

    “When your political opponent gets this crazy, they not only lose all
    respectability, they also start earning a visit from the Secret Service,
    the FBI, and possibly an unmanned drone.”

    John, is there any evidence that this is actually happening? We are not seeing arrests and prosecutions commensurate with the threats.

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