Fear-Mongering From The Far Right

As I've previously noted, from the "subtleness" of Karl Rove to the overtness of Georgia Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and his "uppity" slur, the far, far right loves them some race-baiting. It failed to deliver the White House for them. But, like a jilted lover, they just can't seem to handle America's rejection of their tactics. Instead of taking the time to go for a "swim in Lake Me" and consider what it is they've done wrong, they instead project fault on the guy America would rather "date."

Talking with the Associated Press on Monday, Georgia Rep. Paul Broun said he's got concerns President-elect Barack Obama will lead the nation toward some kind of Gestapo-like Marxist dictatorship — this in apparent ignorance of the fact Nazism and Marxism were at odds during the Second World War.

Says Broun of Obama's call for a civilian force to take some of the national security burden off the military:

"That's exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it's exactly what the Soviet Union did. When he's proposing to have a national security force that's answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he's showing me signs of being Marxist."

Broun was referring to a campaign speech Obama made calling for an expansion of America's foreign service.

What Broun seems to miss is that Obama was looking to increase America's diplomatic corps as well as build a civilian reserve corps devoted to postwar reconstruction efforts, rather than create an actual civilian police force — concepts that were also championed by current Secretary of State Condi Rice. But then Rice is probably just another secret sleeper Gestapo-Marxist agent that Rep. Broun just didn't have time to out — over the last eight years. And she's probably a Muslim, too!

It should be pointed out that as he's been caught spewing hate Broun now "regrets" having made the remarks.

"The point I tried to make is that he is extremely liberal," said Broun.

Yeah, you know, the way the Nazis were all liberal like that.

Regardless of his lame pullback, Broun's blatant hate talk is not only nonsensical, it's offensive on many levels. Intellectually, of course. But having been said the day before Veterans' Day it's offensive to anyone who actually wore a uniform and fought Nazism, as it is certainly offensive to the victims of the Nazi genocide to make the equation to Hitler. Beyond that, loose hate talk only breeds more hate and I think that's something we can pretty much do without.

You'd think after the election that the radical wing of the Republican Party would have learned that fear-mongering doesn't work any better than race-baiting. But as they will be a political non-entity for at least the next two years, they'll have plenty of time to meditate on just that.

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