Everytime I write about the Hitler argument, I get a ton of comments disagreeing with me. Last time I wrote about it, here's a sampling of what I heard:
I believe the Hitler/Stalin comparison is the only thing that will scare enough of the population into full scale revolt against Repubs.[...]
No one can open their mouth or disagree with the "resident" in the White House for fear of being called unpatriotic. If that's not hitler-esq, I don't know what is.[...]
If the administration apologists did not have "gulag" to rail against, something equally beside the point would be employed to deflect attention from the essential truth of the report.[...]
And while these are mostly points I don't necessarily disagree with (well, actually only the last one), they all missed a crucial point, a point which is currently being enacted in front of us upon the head of Sen. Dick Durbin. And republicans are winning. Please, really, let's pay attention to this carefully.
Sen. Dick Durbin says something (here's the larger context so you know what he's talking about):
Let me read to you what one FBI agent saw. And I quote from his report:
"On a couple of occasions, I entered interview rooms to find a detainee chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor, with no chair, food or water. Most times they urinated or defecated on themselves, and had been left there for 18-24 hours or more. On one occasion, the air conditioning had been turned down so far and the temperature was so cold in the room, that the barefooted detainee was shaking with cold....On another occasion, the [air conditioner] had been turned off, making the temperature in the unventilated room well over 100 degrees. The detainee was almost unconscious on the floor, with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been literally pulling his hair out throughout the night. On another occasion, not only was the temperature unbearably hot, but extremely loud rap music was being played in the room, and had been since the day before, with the detainee chained hand and foot in the fetal position on the tile floor."
If I read this to you and did not tell you that it was an FBI agent describing what Americans had done to prisoners in their control, you would most certainly believe this must have been done by Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others -- that had no concern for human beings. Sadly, that is not the case. This was the action of Americans in the treatment of their prisoners.
It is not too late. I hope we will learn from history. I hope we will change course.
I find these comments pretty inoffensive -- really all he's trying to do is bring home the horribleness of the abuse. Had he not told you that it was FBI agent, you might, in fact, think it was some horrible dictatorship.
He still should not have said it.
Why? Because we all should have known what was going to happen. Anyone who didn't know what was going to happen has been living in a cave, and has not been watching the same republican party that I've been watching for the last 4 years.
Michelle Malkin: "treachery."
David Gelernter: "an astonishing, obscene piece of ignorance."
Powerline: "sickness or derangement brought on by hatred"
Hugh Hewitt: I'm an idiot and I'll go indiscriminately crazy.
And etc. Ad fucking infinitum. You think it'll stop soon? It won't. If you do you underestimate the modern republican party.
(By the way, if you look carefully at these sources, they all carefully avoid quoting what he said in any length. Why? Because they're intentionally misleading you. They know that if they quote the whole thing you'll realize the comparison was indirect. Do they care? No.)
Bill Frist gets into the game, and TalkLeft and others are outraged because Frist lied, which of course he did, but that doesn't matter. It doesn't matter. No one fucking cares that he lied. But the uproar about that will ensure that the story goes on into tomorrow, and through the weekend. The "em ess em" will chime in at some point (Dems use words; republicans use words; who's right? I don't know! The truth must lie somewhere in the middle, between Denny Hastert's man boobs!). They will report that republicans are mad. republicans, in turn will get mad at the "em ess em" because the "em ess em" didn't call Dick Durbin the smelly, cheese-loving, beret-wearing Frenchman he is. Damn you, liberal media!
You called someone Nazis!
No I didn't.
Yes you did. But anyway you said something else too!
No I didn't, and here's the document to prove it.
But you still said Nazis!
But what I mean was...
But you said Nazis! Apologize!
I'm still sorry.
You had your fingers crossed!
No really, I'm sorry...
Look, I apologized OK? I'm sorry...
Sens. Kerry, Clinton, other Godless liberal Yankees, what do you think of this?
We really don't have any comment...
Why do you Dems hate America?
We don't hate America...
Nazi Nazi Nazi!
Stupid America haters!
We actually love America...
Go back to France and speak Russian, you commies.
If you don't think that we'll be talking about Dick Durbin on Monday, you're wrong. If you think we'll be talking about what actually goes on at Gitmo, you're also wrong. If you think that the Bush admin will lift a finger to correct the human rights abuses there, you're deeply wrong. And if you don't think Dick Durbin's out-of-context quote will raise money for the republican party, you're absolutely out of your mind.
It'll go into a fundraising letter, like this.
Dear Patriotic American,
Democrats hate America. They're traitors. One of them, from a Blue State, said that American soldiers are "Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others." That's what he said. Here is it again:
Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime -- Pol Pot or others.
See, Democrats hate America. Give us lots of money so we can cut your taxes, er, fight the war on terror! Thanks and keep up your patriotizing.
Please please please. Can we please never use the words Nazi, Soviet, or Hitler again? Sure, the republicans will find some other stupid thing to feign outrage about, but let's not give it to them, ok?