Republican Murdoch says America is going way of Hitler’s Nazi Germany

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Many partisans may love our politics, which has pretty much become to thoughtful, serious discussion of policy and the debate of ideas into what professional wrestling is to real sports. But to Americans fed up with hyperventilating politicians that have to hurl the worst and most outlandish comparisons, the comments of Indiana’s Republican Treasurer Richard Murdoch are one more sigh inducing polemic that shows how inaccurate and bone-headed partisans on the attack can be.

This statement
holds a much water as a sieve:

FORT WAYNE – Reaction ranged from anger to shock to befuddlement after Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock compared the nation’s direction to Hitler’s Nazi Germany during a farewell speech at the Indiana Republican Convention on Saturday.

“The people of Germany in a free election selected the Nazi Party because they made great promises that appealed to them because they were desperate and destitute. And why is that? Because Germany was bankrupt,” he said.

Mourdock, who has stoked outrage with incendiary comments in the past, then alluded to the 70th anniversary last week of the D-Day invasion during World War II, saying, “The truth is, 70 years later, we are drifting on the tides toward another beachhead and it is the bankruptcy of the United States of America.”

The comparisan suggests Mourdock either flunked ornever had history. He’s comparing bad apples (the history of Nazi German) to baloney (his comments):

The speech received a standing ovation from the nearly 1,700 delegates from across the state.


And why not?

They are programmed to applaud and cheer when the other side is attacked, no matter how inaccurate, bone-headed or political damaging it is to their own party among non choir members, who vastly outnumber the choir.

But this isn’t to say partisan are as straw-brained as the guy who made the comment:

But by the end of the day, even the party’s state chairman was distancing himself from the treasurer’s comments.

His references Saturday to the Nazi regime drew sharp objections from Democrats, members of the Jewish community and even some Republicans.

Indiana Democratic Chairman John Zody said Mourdock’s words were “ugly” and should be denounced by Republican leaders.

Shelby Anderson, president of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, said comparing the rise of Hitler and the heinous acts of the Nazis in comparison to America’s national debt is “highly offensive and trivialize both the suffering and memory of the six million Jews and millions of others who perished under the Nazi regime.”

Uh ho: here come the emails (again) from Neo Nazis insisting the Holocaust never happened (we got a flood after this post which explains the REAL Nazi Germany).

Stephen Klapper, vice president of the council, called it “deplorable to suggest that a nation in debt is somehow one step away from perpetrating crimes reminiscent of Nazi Germany. And it’s outrageous to equate our nation’s legitimate public policy challenges, and the way we choose to address these issues – ideally through civil discourse and rigorous debate – with the way Hitler and his Nazi regime propagated one of civilization’s most reprehensible atrocities through lies, terror, and ultimately genocide.”

That statement is good, we’ll run it again:

Stephen Klapper, vice president of the council, called it “deplorable to suggest that a nation in debt is somehow one step away from perpetrating crimes reminiscent of Nazi Germany. And it’s outrageous to equate our nation’s legitimate public policy challenges, and the way we choose to address these issues – ideally through civil discourse and rigorous debate – with the way Hitler and his Nazi regime propagated one of civilization’s most reprehensible atrocities through lies, terror, and ultimately genocide.”

AND:

Even some Republicans blasted Mourdock.

No. the “even” is no surprise:

There are MANY thinking Republicans (and many Jewish Republicans) who’ve opened a history book or passed middle school history lessons.

I think Mourdock is the child left behind.

And if his state’s voters were wise, they’ make sure he is in future elections.

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  • sheknows

    Well, if horrible things are ‘God’s will”, than why is he upset? Whatever is happening now in the US government and economy is directly due to “divine intervention” and he should just shut up and trust the process.
    He isn’t very consistent is he?

  • JIM SATTERFIELD

    It’s a shame that those many thinking Republicans, for whatever reason, apparently have no power in the current GOP. Otherwise Mourdock wouldn’t be nominated for the offices he has campaigned for, much less the ones he’s won.

  • cjjack

    I don’t even think you need to bring Holocaust denial into this one. It is enough to point out the absurdity of the comparison of the current US to mid 1930s Germany.

    Again, education is the key. If we properly educated people about what, exactly, led to the rise of the Nazis, such absurd comparisons wouldn’t pass anybody’s smell test. The average person would be able to discern that we’re not a nation operating under the constraints of a treaty imposed upon us after we lost a bloody war, we’re not struggling with our identity as a nation or seeking to reestablish ourselves as a world power, and while there are certainly nutcases at the fringes of our political system, they’re not walking around with small personal armies of brown-shirted thugs.

    I suspect if you asked Murdoch if he’d ever heard of the Wiemar Republic he’d probably think you were talking about a brand of hot dogs.

  • bluebelle

    Ha ha- great comments! Love your logic, sheknows but he probably never thought that all through.
    And cjack is perfectly correct that most people have never educated themselves about the rise of the Nazi’s -or they would never worry that it is happening here. The politicians very slickly are feeding off that ignorance- which should be labeled as shameful demagoguery. This type of hyperbole is destroying us as a nation much more than a bad economy, threats of terrorism or high unemployment ever could.

  • cincyindep

    The irony is that what the Republicans are doing was once widely termed fascism. Extreme, right-wing, authoritarian, intolerant views, ultranationalistic, militarism, and no other way of putting it: bullying.

  • roro80

    Charming as always. I presume we’ll never hear the left being called the “Hate America First” crowd, considering all it takes for half the country to hate the country is a black president who dares want health coverage for his citizens.