One thing I gleaned from all my years of reading MAD Magazine was this saying by Descartes:
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."
I think in the years following WWII, America has forgotten what was so bad about Hitler. Sure, the Holocaust was an evil thing, but most of America weren't aware of it until the camps had been liberated. What was so awful about Hitler and the Axis powers was their unbending intent on conquering and ruling the globe. The war was about saving the world from Nazi domination.
It was Hitler's obsession with the Jewish people that proved his undoing as more and more resources were diverted to the "Final Solution". His intent on wiping out the Jewish race clouded his thinking until it affected every decision he made.
Read any right wing blog and you will find the bloggers desire to wipe out the "Islamofascists." Bearing in mind that religious persecution is as unAmerican as apple strudel, it's interesting that 1.the people who cry out for genocide against the Muslims don't actually want to do it themselves, and, 2. they all repeat the same phrases over and over, as if brainwashed by Ann, or Rush, or Sean, or any of the other right wing proto-fascists on American television and radio these days.
I came across a few quotes, and I thought I'd have a little quiz:
1.Who said,"The people can always be brought to the bidding of their leaders...tell them they are being attacked and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger"?
Was it a.)Michael Moore
c. )Herman Goering
2.Who said,"The lie can only be maintained for such a time as the state can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all it's powers to repress dissent for truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth becomes the greatest enemy of the state"?
Was it a.) Cindy Sheehan
3.Who said,"Never allow the public to cool off; never admit a fault or wrong; never concede that there may be some good in your enemy; never leave room for alternatives; never accept blame; concentrate on one enemy at a time and blame him for everything that goes wrong; people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it often enough, people will believe it"?
Was it a.)Joseph Wilson
b.) Rush Limbaugh
Of course, the answer to all three questions is c.), but it's easy to see how b.) could also apply. For the Bush administration and it's propagandists have taken a page from the Nazi playbook. How many times have you heard Sean Hannity or Bill O'Reilly call war protestors "unpatriotic" or "traitors"? How many times are we told that "terrorists" are ready to attack us on a weekly basis? The truth is, if the terrorists do attack us, it will show that all the rights we have conceded have not made us any more secure, therefore they will not be allowed to attack unless an attack is needed to justify a response.
How many lies were told to justify our invasion of Iraq? Well, it was only three, but they were big lies. Saddam had WMD. Saddam had links to alqaeda. Saddam was involved in 9/11. And they were repeated by Bush and Cheney again and again long after the truth was found out. How many mistakes has Bush owned up to? It's easy to see why he refuses to meet with Cindy Sheehan, that would be tantamount to admitting he made a mistake, or worse, that he lied, and that goes against the gospel according to Adolph Hitler.
Bill O'Reilly said:"I'm telling you, if they go in there and there's nothing, I will apologize to the American people and I will never believe anything that Bush says again." They found nothing. O'Reilly ahs never formally apologized that I'm aware of (never admit a fault or wrong) and I don't believe he has turned against the Bush Administration, nor has he dropped his support for the war in Iraq.
Nowhere is the attempt to stifle dissent more obvious than in the actions of the Bush supporters, who behave like the brown shirts of the Nazi party. Many a post on this blog has been hit not with refutation of the facts, but of slanderous name calling. At "Camp Casey", where Cindy Sheehan and her supporters set up wooden crosses with American flags attached to them to honor those who sacrificed themselves where the Bush supporting goons wouldn't. To give them the honor that all the other "coalition of the willing" countries give to their fallen (ours are smuggled in under the cover of night, their flag draped coffins not allowed to be photographed with no acknowledgement of the sacrifice from Bush or the goons who support him). The other dayt, a Bush supporter, driving a pick-up dragging chains, ran over those memorials, destroying half of them.
So next time you read about Nazi Germany, don't ask how could it happen there, ask yourselves, why is it happening here?