In his article, Huston expresses amazement over two equally astonishing facts. First, Leonhardt's admission that Obama is just like Hitler, and second, Leonhardt didn't mean it as an insult. Leonhardt, Huston points out, was saying that it was a good thing that, in an economic sense, Obama was being like Hitler. Huston explains how Leonhardt encourages Americans to ignore World War II and the Holocaust and just focus on how Hitler's polices were good for Germany because Hitler, in essence, made the trains run on time.
With a level of hubris reserved only for Democrats, Leonhardt wrote approvingly about how Obama is emulating Hitler's economic policies with massive "stimulus" spending and the take over of private industry.
Obama, incredibly, provided credence to Leonhardt's assessment of Obama as being Hitler-like when, with a straight face, Obama looked Americans straight in the eye during his New Hampshire town hall meeting and declared that he has never favored a single-payer health insurance plan. Yet, there is a video of Obama stating, unequivocally, that he does favor a single-payer health insurance plan. That video can be found on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpAyan1fXCE .
Just as deceptive was Obama's declaration that Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia was the author of the "end-of-life" language, but Isakson later publicly stated that he had nothing to do with the Democrat-devised legislation.
Democrats expressed no outrage over Lenohardt's favorable comparison of Obama to Hitler. Yet, Democrats reflexively use Hitler references to denigrate average Americans who oppose Obama's government-run health care scheme.
The Democrat's 1,000-page health care scheme would:
Restrict the enrollment of people with special needs (page 354)
Decide what level of "end-of-life" treatment you receive, according to a pre-determined government-mandated schedule managed by a government "death" panel (page 430)
Build government databases which include your private, personal medical history (page 503)
Work to systematically "increase birth intervals between pregnancies," opening the very real possibility of forced, tax-payer funded abortions (page 768)
Have the federal government serve as the final, ultimate authority on which health care conditions will be treated, dramatically increasing the likelihood of rationing (page 800).
Average Americans are alarmed by the $1 trillion increase in entitlement spending. They are incensed by the failure by Democrats to explain legislation that would cause 119 million people to lose their private health care insurance and socialize 17 percent of the economy, while leaving 36 million Americans uninsured. Americans understand that what is truly "un-American" is the very idea that 300 million Americans should place their personal health care decisions in the hands of a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Seniors are opposed to the $500 billion cut in medicare and the Government having the right to decide if health care for seniors is worth the cost. Those seniors exercising their freedom of speech at town hall meetings are accused by Democrats of being the kind of people, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who go around "carrying swastikas." Closer to the truth is Leonhardt's analysis of Obama's socialist actions, since the word "Nazi" is an acronym for National German Socialist Workers' Party.
Part of the Democrats' orchestrated effort to silence opposition includes accusing protestors of being "un-American" and an "angry mob". An even more troubling aspect is the deployment of union thugs to intimidate and attack protestors. Goons from the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) physically assaulted a black Conservative, Kenneth Gladney, who was handing out "Don't Tread on Me" flags after a town hall meeting in Missouri.
According to "The St. Louis Post-Dispatch", six people were arrested by the St. Louis County police after the Gladney beating -- two on suspicion of assault, one for resisting arrest and three on suspicion of committing peace disturbances. There was no media uproar over the racial slurs, including calling him the "N-word", hurled at Gladney by the angry mob of liberal Democrats. Thuggish Democrats stomped Gladney, time and again, sending him to the emergency room of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, where he was treated for injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face. The video of the Gladney beating can be found on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqpfU_AC7Ls .
The assault on Gladney calls to mind the fact that during the 1960's, Democrats physically attacked Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a Republican, and bombed his home several times because he dared to protest peacefully against the Democrats who were denying civil rights to blacks. Democrat Public Safety Commissioner Eugene "Bull" Conner in Alabama let loose vicious dogs and turned skin-burning fire hoses on black civil rights protestors. In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memphis, Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Democrat Senator Robert Byrd, a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, called Dr. King a "trouble-maker" who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4, 1968. For more details, see the article "Democrats Smeared MLK in the 1960's" at: http://cache.trustedpartner.com/docs/library/NationalBlackRepublicanAssociation2009/Democrats%20Smeared%20MLK%20in%20the%201960
Hypocritically, when left-wing groups protest, Democrats call it "community organizing," but when conservative groups protest, Democrats call it phony "astroturfing", that is conservative protestors are fake grassroots, just like astroturf is fake grass. Obama encouraged leftist groups to "argue with neighbors and get in their face", and that video showing Obama is urging his supporters to act like an angry mob is on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZCMDur9CDZ4 . Even more chilling is the video of Obama stating his intention to set up a civilian national security force that is on the Internet at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwaAVJITx1Y&feature=related
"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." – George Orwell
The truth about how Americans gave of their lives and treasure to gain freedom for ourselves and others around the globe was not learned by Obama at the feet of his childhood mentor and avowed communist, Frank Marshall Davis, nor in college where Obama was taught by Marxist professors, nor in the church of his anti-American pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.
Obama's failure to understand that Americans are freedom-loving people is the reason he is blind to the depth of opposition to the universal, single-payer health care scheme that will result in expanded government and a loss of freedom.
"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." – Thomas Jefferson
In The Declaration of Independence, our founders wrote:
"In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people."
Showing his passion for freedom on March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry spoke on behalf of all who love liberty.
"They tell us, sir, that we are weak -- unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Shall we gather strength by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual resistance, by lying supinely on our backs, and hugging the delusive phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and foot?
"Sir, we are not weak, if we make a proper use of the means which the God of nature hath placed in our power. Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that which we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us. Besides, sir, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.
"The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave. Besides, sir, we have no election. If we were base enough to desire it, it is now too late to retire from the contest. There is no retreat but in submission and slavery! Our chains are forged! Their clanking may be heard on the plains of Boston! The war is inevitable -- and let it come! I repeat it, sir, let it come!
"It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, "Peace! Peace!" -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!" – Patrick Henry
Frances Rice is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and Chairman of the National Black Republican Association. She may be contacted at: www.NBRA.info