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Hitler Analogies are Ignorant and Odds and EndsPosted Monday, May 28, 2012, at 10:36 AM
I have said it many times over the past few years that the cheapest and by far most moronic political shot is to compare a sitting president to Adolph Hitler, whether that person be a Republican or a Democrat.
There truly is just no comparison and it cheapens political discourse when people do so. The largest and most glaring difference between Hitler and ANY president is that Hitler was NEVER elected. In the one election he ran in he was soundly beaten. The election was not even close. He managed to become appointed as the Chancellor of Germany and that is where he power grab began.
Some governmental systems make look similar but that is their only link. Hitler's governmental system was a dictatorship. There were shades of socialism and capitalism. But more than anything Hitler's Germany was a fascist state. He controlled everything.
The United States has been able to exist with a health mix of socialism and capitalism since the late 1800s when the government first began fighting back against monopolies and reforming the workplace. This system predates Hitler and in fact Hitler used the United States model to shape his Germany in the beginning.
Then, of course, there were the concentration camps that Hitler installed that not only housed people of the Jewish faith, but also anyone that disagreed with what Hitler was doing, and anyone deemed not to be morally right for Hitler Germany (this included gay people, atheists, and people of African descent).
So until we have a sitting president who at the very least comes to office without ever being elected and begins throwing people into camps that the person deems morally inept any comparison to Hitler is unjustified and truly ignorant.
I live by the saying, "Those that forget the past are damned to repeat it," however as I continue my studies of history and witness first hand people who make up their own versions of history and then challenge anyone to prove them wrong I am thinking that the saying needs an update.
Those that pervert and rewrite history for their own personal gain ...
It is a start now I just need to figure out the finish.
Odds and ends
For weeks we heard from prominent Republicans and talking heads (primarily on Fox News) that President Obama was solely responsible for cost of gas rising. Now that gas is falling again one would think that these same people would be applauding Obama for making the gas prices fall, yet they have not made a sound. Of course, sane thinking people (and people not continuously trying to score political points) know that one person cannot control gas prices up or down it is just funny to see all these people who were jumping at the bit to criticize Obama in any way now have yet another faux issue collapse under their feet.
Despite the claims that Obama killed NASA and that space exploration in America was dead, this past week SpaceX in conjunction with NASA launched an unmanned space ship bound for the International Space Station (it has already docked). This is the first of what is hoped will be many cooperative space efforts between the government (NASA) and private enterprise (SpaceX).
For months small earthquakes were reporting all over Northern Arkansas and most parts of Oklahoma. There were those who wondered whether a new fault line was about to erupt. There were others who felt that fracking which is the process of injecting high pressure water into the ground in order to drill for natural resources. There was widespread mocking at the idea that fracking could actually cause earthquakes. A funny thing happened. Arkansas asked companies to temporarily stop fracking in Northern Arkansas, which they agreed to do and the earthquakes stopped. Now that the effects of fracking have been studied there have been direct links found between fracking and earthquakes. This has lead Vermont to become the first state to ban fracking.
Though it was iffy at the beginning of the Republican primary I predicted that Mitt Romney would be the nominee. Now that everyone has dropped out of the race (actually Ron Paul has not dropped out he has stopped campaigning and is trying to figure out a way to run around the actually electing of a candidate and just win it on electoral votes) Romney now sits just 107 electoral votes shy of securing the nomination.
There was a bit of a controversy when Secretary of State of Arizona Ken Bennett announced that unless Hawai'i could prove that Obama was indeed born in that state he would be forced to take Obama's name of the election ballot in Arizona. Hawai'i surprised Bennett when they demanded that not only did he need to prove who he was but also he had to provide proof that he had the authority to request the information he was wanting. As the released emails showed he never actually did instead he tried to pull a run around and just provide them links on Arizona election law which did not actually prove that he was authorized to ask for the information. He also stated in the email that he was checking for verification of all presidential candidates. To date he has apparently only checked in Obama's birth status. He has since dropped the witch hunt.
A lot was recently made about Obama performing poorly in Democratic primaries in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Arkansas. He is not going to win any of these states in November so it really is a moot point and much to do about nothing. There could be a lot of inferences read into the results; for example the man who ran in Arkansas against Obama was not even a Democrat. All one had to do was listen to one of his robo calls to immediately figure out that it was nothing more than a scam. Plus, Arkansas is an open primary state meaning that a person can vote whichever political side they so choose. Considering that most of the local races around Arkansas were non-competitive it would not be shocking if a large number of Republicans voted in the Democratic primary JUST to vote against Obama.
Like I said though, at the end of the day the three races mean absolutely nothing. Obama still won and still got his delegates.
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