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Turn to the left, turn to the Right: Get your Marxists right right right

November 15, 2008

Okay, people. I really don’t want to go here more than once. (And I haven’t, on the blog, but I have this conversation with people.) Let’s get the record straight: Fascists and Marxists…not the same. Both, in the eyes of some people like Republican Rep. (GA) Paul Broun, evil…but in a country with our level of college education, can’t we please distinguish between types of alleged evil?

Here’s what Broun said earlier this week:

    “That’s exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany and it’s exactly what the Soviet Union did,” Broun said. “When he’s proposing to have a national security force that’s answering to him, that is as strong as the U.S. military, he’s showing me signs of being Marxist….We can’t be lulled into complacency[…]. You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I’m not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I’m saying is there is the potential.”

I’m not even going to touch the Hitler non/comparison. Except to say that Paul Broun apologized for calling Obama….a Marxist. But not for comparing him to Hitler.

    One day after the Athens Republican told a radio talk show that he regretted calling Obama a “Marxist,” a spokeswoman for the Athens congressman said, “We have not issued any official apology” for comparing Obama’s proposals to the tactics of Hitler and the Soviet Union.

That’s right. He did say he apologized “to anyone who took offense at that”–and the “that” was the use of the word Marxist, not the non-comparison comparison to the architect of the Holocaust. Broun’s office did issue this non-apology statement, which you can’t find anywhere on Broun’s own website—transparency in government?—but if you Google enough different things, you can find reprinted in full on the website of a Georgia NBC affiliate.

It was a beautiful week-long respite from partisan hackery we had, but it has, apparently, passed. Now the hacks are back to being partisans, and vice versa, and it’s starting to feel a lot more like my country again, where socialists, Marxists, fascists, and Democrats are all, apparently, the same. Give or take a moustache.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2008 7:34 pm

    How can one be socialist (Marxist) and be like Hitler (Nazi) at the same time?

  2. November 15, 2008 7:36 pm

    Exactly, Terra. Exactly. Anyone remember Philosophy 101? They don’t mix.

  3. chrislombardi permalink
    November 16, 2008 3:37 pm

    It’s about code words that turn off some people’s brains. They remember the term “National Socialism” from their high-school history class or Schindler’s List, and use it to keep stirring fears that have basically no connection to reality.

  4. November 16, 2008 3:47 pm

    It’s true, coded speech is powerful… I’m just wishing we could hew a little closer to the literal truth, which I equate with responsible discourse…

  5. November 21, 2008 8:23 am

    This says it all: (Stuff White People Like: Comparing People to Hitler)

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