Where do you bring a poster that says this?
- To protest a march of Nazis through a Jewish neighborhood?
- To protest a convention of Holocaust deniers?
- To protest Adolf Hitler?
Well, no. If you’re part of the psychologically unhinged far right in 21st century America, you bring it to Democratic congresswoman, and Catholic mother of six, Nancy Pelosi’s townhall meetings! You see, you do this because you’ve come to believe that the party of Roosevelt (you know, the guy who led the United States in World War II against fascism ) is actually a fascist party. (Or socialist. You actually are a bit confused about this. But you just know it’s really, really bad. Glenn Beck said so.)
Oh, and if you are part of the Republican base you apparently are also likely to believe that America’s Democratic Party has given us a Kenyan-born zombie cannibal with a blood smeared mouth for president! No, I’m not kidding. Look:
This poster is popular among Republican media sources. And what has fueled this outrageously divorced from reality perception? Health care insurance reform! Here’s Andrew Sullivan’s summary of health care insurance reform:
Here is what we are debating: should we demand that insurance companies provide policies to anyone regardless of pre-existing conditions? Should we help the working poor buy that insurance with subsidies? Are competitive exchanges for health insurance a good or bad thing? Would a public option or a co-op help bring down healthcare costs? Does it make sense for the government to study the effectiveness of various treatments as a guide for doctors? These are all worth debating – and if you break it down into these questions, a majority would back them.
This is the Trojan Horse of fascism—health care insurance reform? And Nancy Pelosi is a Nazi, and Barack Obama is the Manchurian candidate? Isn’t the logic of such rhetoric violence upon the objects of the rhetoric? And aren’t we starting to see such violence—from the recent shoot-up of the Holocaust Museum, to the murder of an abortion doctor in a church, to the hostility of townhall disrupters? Ultimately, you can’t actually let Hitler live, can you? You’ve got to do something about it, right? If you really, really believe that Hitler has come to power, you stop him. And you’re a hero for stopping him, right?
Don’t you know that at this very minute, somewhere in America, there are unhinged right-wingers feeding on a steady diet of Obama demonology fantasizing the murder of the president? And you don’t think that the rest of us should be outraged at this sort of disproportionate rhetoric—and its normalization among the Republican base?