Friday, June 25, 2010

GOP Congressman Compares Obama to Hitler

It seems right-wing intellectuals and clean energy foes - including Sarah Palin - have taken a page out of Glenn Beck's playbook.

Not long ago, Daily Show correspondent, Lewis Black, diagnosed the beltway pundit with a case of "Nazi Tourettes," referring to Beck's propensity to liken anything and everything he doesn't like to the actions of Hitler and the National Socialist party (watch Black's rant here). Now, other prominent conservatives are exhibiting signs of the same condition.

Thomas Sowell, a conservative columnist, recently wrote an editorial in which he compares the BP escrow fund to something Hitler might have done.

Tuesday night, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) took to the House floor to regale his colleagues with the comparison:

GOHMERT: There's a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot. His editorial, um, says here — and it's just been posted this week — but it says, "When Adolph Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920's" — and I'm quoting from Thomas Sowell in his editorial:

...leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics.

Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler's rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions.

"Useful idiots" was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.

And this isn't in the article — this is my comment — but we do have useful idiots today, who are heard to say, "Wow, what we really need is for the president to be a dictator for a little while." They know not what they say.

Gohmert continued reading approvingly from the column, including the part in which Sowell bashes Obama for his handling of the Gulf disaster:
Just where in the Constitution of the United States does it say that a president has the authority to extract vast sums of money from a private enterprise and distribute it as he sees fit to whomever he deems worthy of compensation? Nowhere.
Wow. Just wow. Where to begin on the absurdity of this. Sowell's main argument (and therefore, Gohmert's) is that both President Obama and Hitler were able to motivate people who aren't normally interested in politics. Funny ... the same could be said of the Tea Party.

And speaking of the Tea Party...one of their favorites, Sarah Palin, took to Twitter also to hype Sowell's outlandish analogy:

I'll bet you'd find a few Palin supporters in Louisiana and Mississippi, but try telling some Gulf Coast residents that President Obama's attempts to help them make him like Hitler. See what they say. It seems Joe Barton (R-TX) isn't the only GOP legislator who is completely out of touch with reality.

Click here to read Sowell's entire article. Watch the video of Gohmert's statement below: