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.
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.