Despite empty promises of infusing a new civility into our political discourse, the Democratic Party has returned to type by branding its opponents “Nazis.” Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN, compared Republicans opposed to ObamaCare with Germany’s National Socialists on the floor of the House of Representatives — then lied about doing so in a nationally televised interview, then insisted he was right, then promised never to do it again. The Congressman was joined in the Ultimate Blood Libel by a comedienne on CNN’s sister network, despite CNN’s recent pledge to defuse polemical rhetoric. (The network’s John King recently apologized for a guest’s use of the term “crosshairs.”) The reversal should come as no surprise. The Left lies as easily as it breathes and maligns or wishes death upon its opponents with greater ease yet. It is more instructive to compare the people liberals brand as “Nazis” with those conservatives find worthy of the term.
The day after Rep. Cohen called his distinguished colleagues followers of Joseph Goebbels, conservative Rep. Dana Rohrabacher also compared a political party’s leadership with the Nazis. Appropriately enough, they were the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party. The California Congressman told Radio America’s Greg Corombos of Dateline Washington:
We should be telling our business community, “You are dealing with the Nazis here. You are dealing with people who are murdering people for their religious convictions. And we do not look on it as consistent with American tradition that you are going over there and setting up a factory so you can take advantage of slave labor.”
You can listen to the full interview here.
Rohrabacher, who has been a steadfast advocate for Chinese human rights for decades, rightly pointed out that the Red Chinese government liquidates members of the Falun Gong religious sect and sells their organs. As possibly the most repressive nation in the world, the butchers of Beijing more than earned the comparison.
What of the Democrats and liberals? Who do they think deserves to be compared to history’s second greatest murderers?
Rep. Cohen tongue-lashed Republicans as they voted to repeal ObamaCare on Tuesday:
They say it’s a government takeover of healthcare — a Big Lie just like Goebbels. You say it enough and you repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie until eventually people believe it. Like Blood Libel. That’s the same kinda thing. The Germans said enough abut the Jews, and the people believed it, and you had the Holocaust.
In a recent impolitic moment, Howard Dean admitted ObamaCare would wreck private insurance, but Cohen considers Republican repetition of this truth beyond the pale.
It was far from Cohen’s first act of hate speech. In April, Cohen told The Young Turks, a far-Left radio program, “The Tea Party people are kind of, without robes and hoods, they have shown a very hardcore, angry side of America that is against any type of diversity.” He said they were, “just a clone of George Wallace’s fan club, and I’m afraid they’ve taken over the Republican Party.”
When CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked Cohen about comparing Republicans to the practitioners of genocide, the Congressman insisted he did no such thing. “I didn’t compare the Republicans to Nazis,” he said. After insisting he made no such comparison, he made it again, “Certainly I didn’t intend to do that, but the way they lied has been the same way that the master political propagandist of all time Goebbels said to lie.” He concluded by saying, “I won’t say it again, but I was right.”
Meanwhile on CNN’s sister network Headline News, Joan Rivers found another Nazi: Sarah Palin. In an interview with daughter Melissa on The Joy Behar Show Wednesday, Joan Rivers claimed her remark that “I don’t think Sarah Palin is very smart” led to their being uninvited as guests on Fox and Friends. (Frankly, whatever got the job done, we should all be thankful.) As the anti-Palin pile-on began, Joan popped in, “She’s a Nazi.” (At the end of the interview Rivers vowed to “never retire.”)
Like the Obama administration’s report claiming the greatest terrorist threat in America comes from conservatives, pro-lifers, traditional marriage advocates, and military veterans, these remarks tell observers everything they need to know. The Left seethes with such venom against conservatives, because it regards us as the embodiment of all evil in the modern world. Meanwhile, the most evil regimes on the planet — all of them wedded to left-wing concepts of economics and government — get off scot-free.
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