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Pelosi Crosses The Line, Calls Townhall Protesters Nazis

by @ 9:45 am on August 6, 2009. Filed under Health Care Reform, Politics

Just in case you were wondering, everything I said about Republicans yesterday applies to Democrats too:

Interviewer: Do you think there’s legitimate grassroot opposition going on here?

Pelosi: I think they’re Astroturf… You be the judge. They’re carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a town meeting on healthcare.

Pelosi is, of course, lying. For all the faults I’ve pointed out in people who think that shouting down the oppositiion accomplishes anything, there hasn’t been one single report of anything resembling a swastika at any of these protests.

But this isn’t anything new, it’s yet another example of the Reducito Ad Hitlerum being trotted out in American politics. The left did it many times during the Bush Administration. George Bush himself used it to justify the Iraq War and American intervention in the Middle East. Bill Clinton used it to justify the war against Serbia. Al Gore used it as part of his continuous environmental hysteria.

As I pointed out last month, invoking Hitler and the Nazis has a very calculated political purpose:

[W]hat, exactly, has this constant envoking of the memory of a dictator and the man who, in the judgment of history, made most of the worst aspects of World War II possible, accomplished ? Nothing really, because it pretty much makes debate and disagreement impossible.

And that, I think, is why political leaders do it. Invoke Hitler and anyone who opposes you is automatically an appeaser of evil. It’s an easy way to shut down political debate even when legitimate questions need to be asked.

Which is why politicians resort to it so often.

By comparing the people who disagree with her to Nazis, Pelosi makes clear that she doesn’t want to listen to the opposition and doesn’t want to debate them. She just wants them to shut up.

9 Responses to “Pelosi Crosses The Line, Calls Townhall Protesters Nazis”

  1. Mr. Prosser says:

    I can’t prove it because I read it in a couple of blogs but it was said that at one meeting someone was carrying a fake tombstone with SS runes on it. This whole thing is getting absurd. For all I know there will be ringers, ringers of ringers and real and false death threats before all this is done.

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  3. PJ says:

    When did Pelosi call the protesters nazis?

    There might have been protesters with signs comparing Obama to nazists or Hitler, there have been before, with Obama, but also with Bush.

    Not sure from where you get the conclusion that she’s calling them nazis.

  4. And one woman holding a sign, proves what exactly ?

    Pelosi was clearly intending to smear everyone who is protesting the health plan, and that’s why she’s wrong.

  5. Jerry says:

    I agree with you but since in your article you stated “there hasn’t been one single report of anything resembling a swastika at any of these protests.” I though my link would be relevant.

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