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Politico’s chief political columnist Roger Simon’s piece today is entitled “Over the top and beneath contempt.” It’s an excoriation of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin’s “rabid,” kneejerk and fear-mongering responses to Obamacare, in particular, Limbaugh’s “Nazi” remarks.
Simon predictably glossed lightly over Nancy Pelosi’s reference to townhall meeting counterinsurgents “carrying Swastikas” and whatnot. Hey, she’s just defending herself, against “un-Americans” who dare criticize their lords and masters in DC, right? Whatevs…
I won’t even go into who’s doing the real fear-mongering in the Obamacare debate, but suffice to say that anybody who has read the bill knows our politicians are lying right to our faces, and the result is anger and frustration at unprecedented levels (government schools are discovering that their greatest mistake as public educators was to teach peasants to read, so they might want to correct that flaw in future curriculum).
The mistake that Roger Simon and too many others never fail to make is the same as always: Confusing the impact of private citizen rhetoric with the result of the ravings of people with literal political power.
Simply put: If Roger Simon calls me a Nazi, I laugh and tell him to go f*#k himself. If a person who holds high political office calls me a Nazi, I stock up on ammo and food and hide my money.
Like it or not, Roger, Beck, Limbaugh and even Palin (now) are private citizens. None of them have the power to tax you, borrow money from your unborn grandchildren, take your guns, take your land, make agreements with other countries, decide if it’s legal or not to kill babies, take over companies using taxpayer money, regulate you out of business or tell you what doctor to go to.
Nancy Pelosi and the rest of Congress, along with the president and Supreme Court, do have that power, and to get freaked to the point of hives at what Limbaugh, Beck and Palin say while the U.S. government is directing an unprecedented takeover of the private sector — and throwing in their own Swastika rhetoric to top it off — is misdirected worry if I ever saw it.
No matter how many “Hitler” comparisons that are thrown about, never forget the comparison that should come first and foremost: Hitler was a politician — not a talk show host. If Adolph Hitler had been a talk show host, millions of lives would have been saved because, and crazy as he was, talk show host Hitler would have been powerless as a private citizen to do what he did as a runaway politician. The people who are “beneath contempt” are the ones who fail to recognize the difference, or, worse yet, defend a runaway government from the citizens who are powerless against them.
Can you please get real now, Roger?