As the Obama administration descends into a whirlpool of scandals, a race has begun among Congressional committees and news organizations to find the proverbial smoking gun — the document that will link President Obama directly to the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, or to the Justice Department’s unprecedented legal actions against the Associated Press and Fox News reporter James Rosen, or to the Pentagon’s ghastly failure to launch a rescue mission when our consulate in Benghazi came under attack last September.
Study history, and you will understand why no such document is ever likely to be found: That just isn’t how these things work. Very few people are aware of this, but there is no document — not one — linking Adolf Hitler to the Holocaust. Why not? Because Hitler didn’t need to sign a document ordering the slaughter of six million Jews. All he needed to do was to demonize his enemy in speeches at the Reichstag, on the radio, and from one end of Germany to the other — then hire thugs like Herman Goering, Heinrich Himmler, Adolf Eichmann, and Josef Goebbels. They knew what der Fuhrer wanted, and der Fuhrer knew he could trust his henchman to get the job done — no matter how, no matter what may be the law — and to not bother him with the gory details.
Reader, take a deep breath. Nowhere in this essay will I suggest, or even imply, that President Obama plans the mass murder of his opponents the way Hitler murdered his. That’s absurd. I am merely pointing out that President Obama has been going about the business of demonizing his political enemies, and then hiring thugs to destroy them without regard to the law, in precisely the same way that Hitler and his fascists did it in Germany. This isn’t an accusation; it’s an observation.
Look at the record: From the moment he took office in January 2009, President Obama has spoken before Congress, on television, and at countless rallies across the country describing his political opponents in terms we haven’t seen before in the United States. Time and again he’s insisted that Republicans aren’t merely wrong, but evil. Hardly a week goes by without yet another sneering comment about “millionaires and billionaires” — by which he means those men and women who actually built the businesses that created jobs for all the rest of us, not the ones he and the First Lady party with in Hollywood and on Martha’s Vineyard.
Hatred for the Tea Party
His rhetoric heated up fast after the Tea Party movement gave the GOP enough oomph to win back the House of Representatives in 2010, and as the president geared up for the 2012 election. He urged Latino voters to help him “punish our enemies and reward our friends.” He told his supporters at one rally to think of voting for him as “an act of revenge.” Did you see the president at that Georgetown University forum on the future of Medicare when he trashed Paul Ryan’s own plan, then went out of his way to publicly insult Ryan, while the Congressman himself was sitting in the front row too stunned — and too decent and respectful of the presidency — to respond in kind? Do you remember that television campaign ad describing Mitt Romney — one of the most capable, financially astute, thoroughly decent men who ever graced public life — as “not one of us”?
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