Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bloody Stupid

One of the more interesting participants at the “Take Back America” conference last weekend in St. Louis was Kitty Werthmann, who hauled out more Obama/Hitler parallels and said that America is just like Germany was in the 1930’s.

She noted that Hitler, who acted “like an American politician,” was “elected in a 100% Christian nation.” Although she failed to once mention Antisemitism or militarism, Werthmann explained how universal healthcare, an Equal Rights Amendment, and increased taxes were telltale signs of Nazism. Werthmann also warned the audience: “If we had our guns, we would have fought a bloody battle. So, keep your guns, and buy more guns, and buy ammunition. […] Take back America. Don’t let them take the country into Socialism. And I refer again, Hitler’s party was National Socialism. […] And that’s what we are having here right now, which is bordering on Marxism.”

A couple of things here: first, if Hitler was elected by a “100% Christian nation,” then were did all the Jews come from that he rounded up in Germany and sent off to the death camps? Second, conflating National Socialism with Marxism is pairing up polar opposites both in theory and practice. Hitler came to power in part by scaring the crap out of people by warning about the rising tide of Bolshevism — Marxism — that was being promulgated by the Jews. And if “universal healthcare, an Equal Rights Amendment, and increased taxes were telltale signs of Nazism,” then we’d better keep an eye on Canada and Scandinavia; they’re the new Third Reich.

I suppose you could go on pointing out the breathtaking leaps of logic and blatant stupidity in this person’s arguments, but after a while it just gets pointless. The only reason that we should pay any attention to these whack-jobs is to remind our good friends in the Republican Party that it might not be a bad idea to do everything they possibly can to distance themselves from this kind of insanity before it goes beyond the metaphor of “bloody battle” and into something where someone actually gets hurt.