The unspoken reference in both of the comments, above, is "the Jews." The anti-Semitism of those types of statements is more than implied.
It is blatant.
As a point of reference, I am not Jewish. My wife is Jewish. Many of my best friends are Jewish. Nearly all are Democrats.
And the ironic thing is that I think I see it more clearly than they do.
I cannot recall a time when I have felt more frightened for our country. Is it the general uninformed nature of our populace? (Certainly a factor.) Is it the general disdain for intricacy and detail that forbids rational discusssion in America in favor of a Jerry-Springer-like moral determination? ("You're a slut and you don't deserve him!") Or is it that some Democrats want to search for "common ground" when that "common ground" may easily and quickly lead to their own demise?
I think that is where we stand... on the precipice of a new and murderous fascism.
I am not comforted by those who say, "That could never happen here." I see it, I hear it, I feel it, I smell it.
It is happening. Perhaps it is done in code words, but it is happening.
I will stand against this fascism. I will argue against accommodation. (There is no accommodation with these fascists.)
We must resist. We must remember the lessons of the Nazis. No one owns the absolute truth.
The absolute truth does not exist.
And those who are convinced that they hold the absolute truth are the most dangerous of all.
We are thisclose to Nazi-style fascism.
I am not exaggerating for political gain.
I am scared.
And you should be scared, too...
Update [2005-4-17 13:49:44 by Bob Johnson]:
First, thanks to all for contributing so much to the discussion. I just filled out my reading list for the next two years.
I also want to clarify that, while a particular incident coincided with the writing of this diary, I had been thinking about writing something along these lines for the last several weeks... At least since the Schiavo fiasco. Frist's participation in the zealotry this morning served as a tipping point.
Finally, I want to be clear to those who asked that I am not going anywhere. I find these times to be frightening for many reasons (the gutting of public education at a time when we desperately need a more intelligent citizenry; the rise of religious fanaticism; etc.), but I am not cowed by the zealots, fanatics or haters.
But I believe we need to be vigilant. And loud. And strong. This diary is serves as my own vigilance.