10 Similarities Between Ultra-Conservative Republicans and Nazis
1. The general feeling,
whether spoken out right, or kept not-so-subtly-hidden, of being better
than others. Nazis, like Republicans, and Republicans, like Nazis, think
they’re better. They’re white. They don’t like, not necessarily in this
order of dislike, niggers, spics, gooks, zips (Koreans), dinks
(Chinese), wops, Jew kikes, Japs, wet-back greasers, camel-jockeys and
sand niggers (A-rabs), Frogs, foreigners, immigrants, faggots and
butch lesbians, and a host of others. Republicans often talk about
(white) Americans as though they’re God’s chosen people, the only people
who matter (in the war in Iraq, no mention has ever been made of the
number of Iraqis killed because they don’t matter). The Nazis of course called themselves the Master Race.
2. Religious Xenophobia.
God is a Republican. The Republicans tie religious belief to their
supposed superiority, and to politics and policy-setting. They know God.
You don’t. God favors them, not you, if you disagree with them. The
German Nazis had belt buckles that read, “Gott Mitt Uns” (God is with
3. Patriotism as propaganda.
Republicans consistently and improperly display the flag, often from
car antennas, to demonstrate their patriotic resolve, when the flag was
meant to be displayed properly, only in places where decorum would allow
dignity. The flag was not meant to be a feckless political prop to back
a right wing world viewpoint. For their part, the German Nazis had
rallies with thousands of flags.
4. Love of war.
The Republicans used to pride themselves as the party that didn’t start
wars, the Democrats did. No more. Today, they never saw a war they
didn’t like (they won’t admit it), and view war not as a purely
defensive measure as the Founding Fathers intended, but as a useful
tool, an instrument of shaping foreign policy. The German Nazis use of
war is well known to the world.
5. Love of radio propaganda.
Political talk radio is a largely right-wing creation, to counter what
conservatives endlessly contend is the liberally biased mainstream
media, and has mushroomed across the country, fed by angry white boys
who like to listen to it. It is hosted by a host of American Joseph
Goebbels (German minister of propaganda) imitators, who dispense false
accusations, right-wing claptrap and mocking, thinly-disguised hate for
those who disagree with them. Their most recognizable traits are
smugness and the school-yard bully mean spirit.
6. The cult of the leader (fuehrer).
Democrats may praise the tough pluck of little Harry Truman, or the
dignified wisdom of FDR, but mythologizing conservatives as some kind of
gods brought down from on-high is a right-wing phenomenon that has
recently grown in scope. Current deification efforts include among
others, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and the pre-posthumous Rush Limbaugh.
The Germans of course had Hitler.
7. Use of diversions.
The Germans used the Reichstag fire of 1933 to suspend civil liberties
under emergency decree. George W. Bush used 9-11 to invade Iraq under
the guise of false weapons of mass destruction, and to re-make the
Middle East. He did illegal wire taps of American citizens to make
Americans supposedly safer. Both German and American citizens largely
accepted these measures with docility and without debate or protest.
8. Use of scapegoats. The Germans called people they didn’t like “sub-humans.” The right-wing Republicans call them “bad Americans.”
9. Contempt for Democracy. Hitler said Democracy was corrupt, soft. Bush said being a dictator would be easier than being president.
10. The blame game, or denial of bad news.
Conservatives, in power for eight years, blame Obama for the country’s
impending economic collapse. Hitler said his generals let him down.