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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