The first few times I heard the right wing call Obama a "Nazi," I ignored it. Thought it was random. After all these years, I should know not a single thing comes from the right that hasn't been vetted, considered and framed.
Nazi? I'm not sure I even understand how they got there or who they are trying to rally. I mean, the skinheads aren't going to go run and side with Obama as the supreme Nazi. I just saw a photo of Nancy Pelosi branded as a Nazi- pretty sure they aren't going to go rally behind her, either.
The Nazis were not communist- rather anti- communist. They called themselves socialists, but in truth, they were fascists. State controlled, dictatorship that allowed no critique of any kind of the government.
I didn't see anyone going to jail for screaming "lie!" the other night. Or marching in the streets, or writing articles, or telling seniors they will be subjected to death panels.
Again, the Nazi image rears it's ugly head. Why? I'm not sure who they are trying to rally. Extreme right folks tend to think the holocaust didn't happen. Or that having an extreme nationalism, eugenics and separation of races is a bad idea. They kinda like that stuff.
Is this an attempt for the right wing to reestablish itself with the soccer moms of America? People who do think the Nazi's were evil but also can't stand someone standing up and believing social justice is a good thing? That the embracing of the far far right has left them powerless and they are coming back to the mushy middle, dredging up fears, and selling their snake oil policies to them?
Long live the health care companies! As if that will help under and uninsured. But fight against the Nazis? Well, that's noble, isn't it?
Several people have said to me lately, we have to keep a keen eye out for what is going on. All this progress will certainly be followed by a backlash.
And the right does nothing without a careful plan.
Lions and Tigers and Nazis... time to ask the question why.