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Comparisons with Nazism come cheap these days, used against anything right wingers hate.  I have frequently found these comparisons outrageous – as the daughter of East European Jews, I do not take Hitler/Nazi/Fascist comparisons lightly and believe they should be reserved for actions and individuals who really warrant them. Yet I find that I myself am motivated to make such a comparison – between Rick Santorum and the Nazis.

How so? After all, Rick Santorum has not, to my knowledge, killed anyone. However, after seeing a clip, on the Rachel Maddow Show on December 16, 2013 (http://www.msnbc.com/...) of Rick Santorum explaining the “real” goal of the Affordable Care Act (which, among other things, involves murdering a segment of the population) - the comparison hit me. Santorum is using the same propaganda technique that was used against Jews throughout the Middle Ages – historically dubbed the “blood libel” accusing them of killing Christian children as part of their rituals – that fit so easily into Nazi anti-Semitic propaganda. Here is an excerpt from the video of the speech delivered before Young Americans for Freedom on December 13 of this year:

“It’s actually a pretty clever system. Take care of the people who can vote and people who can’t vote, get rid of them as quickly as possible by not giving them care so they can’t vote against you. That’s how it works.” (For the full video online see http://www.buzzfeed.com/...)
In saying that the health care plan’s intention is to win the votes of the healthy and kill off all the rest, hence explicitly claiming that the government has intentions of exterminating some of its citizens, he is using Nazi propaganda techniques.

No doubt we all have an eccentric relative who’s had too much to drink spouting off nonsense at a holiday gathering – and if that had been the setting I would have shrugged and let it pass. But Santorum is a national figure who is third out of nine on the list of candidates among Iowa Republicans, according to an article in this esteemed publication (see http://www.dailykos.com/...). How sad it is that we’ve gotten to the point where claims that the government is planning to kill you have moved from survivalist bunkers to apparent acceptance by a much wider public.

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  •  It's hard out there (7+ / 0-)

    for a Grifter....

    "The light which puts out our sight is darkness to us." Thoreau

    by NancyWH on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 01:21:07 PM PST

  •  It's an Old Theme of Theirs. They've Been Citing (8+ / 0-)

    abortion as a liberal genocide (the literal word is regularly used) of Blacks probably since RvW was decided.

    They never explain however why Dems would want to kill off their staunchest voting base.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 01:36:41 PM PST

  •  Ricky Scumtorum (12+ / 0-)

    has the morals of a rabbit, the ethics of a cobra, and the charm of a rabid pit bull.

    I was delighted to cast one of the many, many, MANY votes that threw his ugly ass out of office.

    Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

    by Youffraita on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 01:36:57 PM PST

  •  The Racist Liberal Conspiracy To Kill Whites (2+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, tuesdayschilde

    That really is Nazism distilled to its essence - there is a global conspiracy of nonwhite puppetmasters and their multicultural liberal henchmen to kill the white race.  After that, killing every else becomes justifiable for the Nazi.

    Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness. -Pascal

    by bernardpliers on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 01:50:22 PM PST

  •  How long before Santorum suggests (5+ / 0-)

    euthanasia for "Lives not worth living" (Lebensunwertes Leben) and all sorts of other things?

    Oh, yes, this is not "Godwin" at all. This is how it creeps.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 02:11:53 PM PST

  •  I don't know who said it, but it fits... (3+ / 0-)

    ...when nazism come to America it will be wrapped in the Flag and carrying a Bible. Sounds like Santorum and the tea party to me.

    Only the weak & defeated are called to account for their crimes.

    by rreabold on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 03:07:01 PM PST

  •  Please give Rick Santorum his say. (0+ / 0-)

    As an irrelevant piece of the Republican puzzle, he plays the important role of pounding off his rhetorical nonsense which then must be regarded by the voters and the other candidates. Same with Huckabee, as was the same with Gingrich, Bachmann, Palin, and Cain. These feeble-minded party leaders illustrate the vast difference in the two choices available to the US electorate. Santorum won't shut up, won't make sense, and won't ever disappoint me. He is mainstream Republican and I applaud him!

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 03:12:12 PM PST

  •  Santorum is projecting. (0+ / 0-)

    I have never heard that any of the countries with universal health care are neglecting ill citizens in order to have them die early.  Much less that it was being done to effect elections.

    Let's remember Rick ain't all that bright.

    He has heard and been a part of discussions by Republicans trying to figure out how to deplete the number of poor who vote Democratic.  One way to do that is to withhold medical help so that they are more ill, more disabled less likely to be able to make it to the polls and die younger so the don't drain SS and Medicare, Medicaid or the ACA.

    In the mean time the Republican fat cats live long healthy voting lives.

    Remember Rick ain't all that bright he just tripped over his own brain.

    •  Rick isn't all that dumb, but ... (0+ / 0-)

      He's after the dimwit vote. He wants the not-so-bright to think that those mean old secular Darwinists are out to kill them. It's an old social conservative habit to use the unintelligent as human shields and human tripwires.

  •  And thanks for not being afraid to us that N word. (0+ / 0-)

    I started using it in Bush's first term.  But then I was still a life long Texan still living in Texas and I knew a lot about how the Republicans think and act.  

    There are a lot of critics for using the comparisons.  But when you see a duck and either ignore it or call it a fluffy feathered birdie you are doing exactly what Germans and Europe did in the 1930's as the Third Reich began it purges and murders against a variety of ethnic and social and professions peoples, and then it go a whole lot worse.

    Just because the current version, with its persecution of women, Blacks, Brown,s LGTGs, Muslims, intellectuals, scientists, etc is a pin tail instead of a mallard doesn't mean it is not a duck.

  •  Santorum is not a Nazi, but he is so damn close... (0+ / 0-)

    At least a kindred spirit. Rick's brand of catholicism is a sickness, created and held by people with actual personality disorders, and sadly far too powerful especially in the US.

    The new pope seems to be moving against these people, but they are very entrenched and have money and political ties.

    Recall, too, that the pope and many European cardinals stood by without even a comment when the Nazis murdered the millions of Jews, and one Vatican cardinal, Alois Heider, provided many Nazi higher ups with shelter, new identities and means of escape and money after WWII left them fugitives. Cardinal Heider assisted many to escape to South America, Canada and the US, and not a word was said against him nor any move made to stop him.

    I can see Santorum and his kind supporting this, and I have no doubt there are those among them who wish those days were here again.

    Bring me the head of Geraldo Rivera.

    by old mark on Wed Dec 18, 2013 at 02:51:49 AM PST

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