Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Right Wingers Unhinged

Ladies and gentlemen, the Distinguished Gentleman from North Georgia has a few important words of warning. He's not comparing Obama to Hitler, but he's saying we may be going down that road.

Splitting hairs?

I guess it is true, the minute you don't agree with someone in politics, you make statements comparing them to Hitler or Stalin. Awesome. So glad to see our political discourse in this country becomes warm and fuzzy after the election.

But this has gone on for a while, and it is a shame it happens on both sides. It needs to stop, because this kind of talk - while legal - is at the same time incendiary and makes us stupider as a people. I don't like it when Sen. Dick Durbin does it, I don't like it when Rep. Paul Broun does it.

I hate that the right wing uses these metaphors whenever someone talks about any kind of gun control. Like Charlton Heston hollering "from my cold dead hands" while holding aloft a rifle that was never under consideration for illegality, the cries of "jack booted thugs" follow any Democrat to the Presidency, as if they are enforcing laws that did not exist under GOP rule. Idiots: the only major scale police action confiscation of civilian legal arms took place in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina due more to confusion than malfeasance, and lawsuits, legislation and training were later conducted and written to make sure it never happened again. Every city that has tried to ban handguns has had their laws thrown back in their faces by this rather prestigious institution called the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

On the other hand, the left wing went apeshit whith their own inappropriate historical context metaphors for the last 8 years. I don't have to remind anyone who reads this site what those related to.

But Broun's comments strike me as particularly silly, regarding his membership in a Party whose President created the Department of Homeland Security (which was wrongly used by the left wing in their own Gestapo metaphors), who buried complaintants under paperwork about the fine-print legal definition of torture, and who expanded wiretapping and no-knock warrants further than any other President in history. I didn't hear a lot from Broun when all that was going on, is what I'm saying, and I find it more than suspect to hear it now.

More on this at Peach Pundit & Safe As Houses.

And, as always, the good stuff can be found in the comments sections....

Update 11:30ish CST: And this isn't some isolated phenomenon, either. Doug at Hey, Jenny Slater! points us to this whack-job, and I only have two words: Like. Whoah.



patsbrother said...

Earlier in this century, a supine legislative branch gave the leader of the free world carte blanche to invade a sovereign nation. The members of that branch did not probe for more information, they did not read the information provided them, and - worse - they did not debate what the objectives, goals, or reasons for such action. The longest-serving of their number got up and railed against this patently inexcusable lapse of resonsible action. His voice rang out in an empty chamber. None of his fellow senators were present.

If we are going to give the office of the president more power (even though our experience over the past eight years should counsel us otherwise), I want the Congress to make damn sure exactly what it is, what it's for, how it will work, and explore how it can be abused.

What has been proposed does not sound like the Civilian Conservation Corps to me. A "civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" sounds pretty damn scary to me. What need does it fill? And why would any such force need to be "just as powerful" as the United States military?

We don't have an equivalent to this in American history, so we must look to other the histories of other nations to evaluate exactly how this would work out. I can't really think of a positive example. Those who do not heed history's warnings are bound to repeat its failures.

Don't for a second tell me, well, the article suggests President Bush supports it. Because his word ain't the one I go by.

DADvocate said...

This is different from what millions of left wingers have been howling for the past 8 years, how?

Cousin Pat from Georgia said...

DADvocate: I'll refer you to paragraphs 3, 4 & 6 regarding the left wingers.

We've been over the left wing unhingitude time and time again. I know because that's one of those conversations that leaves both SAWB and I in tears of laughter.

I just didn't expect the right wing to come unglued so swifly or in such spectacular fashion.

DADvocate said...

Geez! Now you expect me to count past 5!