Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Santorum: 'It's 1930's Germany All Over Again'!

I thought it was a joke at first, but, sadly, it is not.

Monday evening, Rick Santorum warned that the 2006 elections were the "equivalent of the late 1930s" in Germany:
Santorum issues GOP call to arms
By BRAD RHEN
Staff Writer
Lebanon Daily News
MYERSTOWN — Likening the times to the late 1930s as Nazi Germany was rising to power, Sen. Rick Santorum said last night that if he loses his re-election bid, it could set the stage for terrorism to become more of a threat than the Nazis ever were.

“If we are not successful here and things don’t go right in the election, there’s a good chance that the course of our country could change,” he said. “We are in the equivalent of the late 1930s . . . ."
Speaking before the Lebanon County republicans, Santorum warned that electing Democrats would be the equivalent of appeasing Hitler. Telling voters that a vote for your opponent is a vote for the terrorists is not only a sign of desperation, it is a sick, demented and cynical ploy.

Rick Santorum should actually read the history to which he so frequently refers. He should read it and reflect on the lessons of Hitler's rise to power in Germany.

Germany's president appointed Hitler Chancellor in January, 1933, the result of political maneuvering in an attempt to hold together a minority coalition government. New elections were set for March.

In a "February surprise", a few weeks before the elections, the German Parliament was set afire. A foreigner, and a communist, was accused of the arson.

That was all Hitler needed. The Nazis quickly pushed through anti-immigration bills and, claiming necessity resulting from foreign threats, the suspense of habeas corpus.

Hitler and the Nazi party then set the government resources to work promoting the Nazi cause in the March elections -- the military was used to underscore the supposed outside threats to Germans, anti-immigration hysteria was inflamed, and the Government rolled out propaganda effectively promoting a Nazi vote as the only rational alternative for the loyal, nationalistic German.

So it was. Hitler came to power after parlaying a supposed foreign enemy into an excuse to ramp up anti-immigration fears, suspend basic civil rights, and scare out the vote with false government propaganda. Hitler and the Nazi Party succeeded in convincing German voters that their future, the safety of their children, and their economic security, all depended on voting Nazi in the March 1933 elections. German voters were told, and believed, that any other vote was a vote for appeasement of the foreign evil-doers with designs on the well-being of Germany.

And now Rick Santorum wants to stand before us and tell us that a vote for Bob Casey is the equivalent of appeasing Hitler? He wants me to vote for him because any other vote increases the threat of terrorism? He wants America to send the Republicans back to power because the only alternative is the appeasing, terrorist-loving Democrats?

Rick Santorum is insane and dangerous.

Senator, in my America, dissent is not the equivalent of anything but liberty. When I reject your policies, when I demand that you explain yourself, when I want you to account for the disaster you have wrought on my country, on innocents abroad, for the trashing of our good name around the world, I am not appeasing anyone other than our founders who insisted that vigilance was the only effective protector of liberty. For you to suggest otherwise, to imply to the contrary, to threaten us with disaster if we do not agree with you, if we do not want you to raise your voice as our representative any longer, is not merely insane and dangerous -- it is treachery. You demean me when you stoop to such low tactics, you piss on the liberty for which so many have willingly shed their blood, and you expose yourself as a sniveling, immoral coward.

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on.


(Thanks to Strike the Root for the image.)

7 comments:

Gary said...

Yeah! What you said!

Asshole...Why don't you just move to Virginia. Oh wait, you already have!

Prick.

Perry Christopher said...

Hey slob!

The senator means that we have a chance to stop the Islamic jihadist(to use Casey's term on your blog)movement in its early stages. Before they have nuclear weapons and such. Just like in the 1930's, had we not appeased Hitler or taken action earlier, much of history's terrible events could have been avoided.

Just because he is a republican doesn't mean his argument has no merit.

A Big Fat Slob said...

"Sen. Rick Santorum said last night that if he loses his re-election bid, it could set the stage for terrorism to become more of a threat than the Nazis ever were."

That is delusional and unamerican. It says elect me or be a traitor, be an appeaser or vote republican, a vote against me gives comfort to the enemy.

Being a republican has nothing to do with it. He is wrong on history, wrong on the facts, insane and delusional. Being a republican only gave his sickness cover.

Wil Morat said...

Where do you get such great graphics?

Not real sure who Santorum is (not an east coast guy) but I've been following what you've been writing about him for a few weeks now...good stuff. Keep it up.

A Big Fat Slob said...

Wil,

Many thanks. Santorum is the Devil. He is evil in man clothes.

Others, less moderate than me, call him the third-ranked Republican in the Senate.

Thanks for noticing and following. I try to credit the source for the graphics, which I find roaming the internet. If I see something that I might want to use someday I will d/l it. Other times I get an idea for a good image and simply keep trying key words on a Google image search until I start seeing what I want.

I have a great photo of a train wreck I am waiting to use. It is emblazened with the RR Company name, which is clear and center in the pic -- Grand Funk Railroad Company.

Someday soon, I think, for that one.

wicki said...

Anyone who "believes" in the 2 party system is insane in the "1984" sense.

A Big Fat Slob said...

Well. Okay, then.