Daily Topics - Wednesday - May 12th 2010

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louisehartmann
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Quote: Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery of party, faction, and division of society. -- John Adams
 
Hour One - Hour One -Has the President "dummied down" the Supreme Court? Thom challenges Bay Buchanan www.theamericancause.com

Plus...While the "The Fat Bastard" fiddled, America is burning...
 
Hour Two - Word war...should some words be off limits to the Left...really?!
Dan Gainor www.businessandmedia.org
 
Hour Three - Can America's working class survive the "Temp Age?"
Eamonn Fingleton www.unsustainable.org

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MailManRuss
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I want to comment on the

I want to comment on the second hour debate with Dan Gainor.  There's a reason that Bush was frequently compared to the Nazi Regime and why any Nazi comparison to President Obama is just ludicrous. The Nazi's (aside from their involvement in the Holocaust) were an extreme right wing, conservative, Nationalist political party that used various so-called threats in order to assume total power.  They stripped certain groups of their civil rights in the name of "security".  They used torture against supposed enemies.  Anyone who expressed opposition to the Fuehrer was considered a traitor.  While the Bush administration's political tactics were not as extreme as those of the Nazi's, there were many similarities.  Whereas, the political ideas of President Obama are basically of a very centrist nature promoting some simple social-democratic ideals.  He is by no means right wing, and he has done nothing to  promote any kind of totalitarian ideas, except continuing certain policies carried over from the previous administration.  If the ignorant masses that pay attention to the right wing talking heads had any understanding of the various "ism"s involved, they would realize that to call President Obama a Nazi or Fascist is just plain nuts. 

I agree that referring to anyone as a Nazi brings to mind reference to the Holocaust, and should not be used loosely because it may cheapen the horrors of the Holocaust.   But I see nothing wrong with comparing the right wing extremism of the Bush administration to the politics of Fascism and Naziism if only as a warning to our society to avoid going down that path. 

polycarp2
Hitler's brand of fascism

Hitler's brand of fascism embraced mass genocide executions.. Not all brands of fascism do that. Franco's Spain didn't. Mussolini's Italy didn't. Pinochet's Chile didn't, our puppet states of Central America didn't., etc.

And all have in common  executing/imprisoning  those who oppose them. What the general populations have in common in fascist states are plunging living standards/wages. What corporations/financiers  hold in common in fascist states are ...a greater share of the national wealth.

Retired Monk - "Ideology is a disease"