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Democrat Tells the Truth about the GOP, then Recants

Russ Bel­lan­t’s Book about the GOP and the Nazis

COMMENT: A telling com­ment was placed on the record by John Bur­ton and then retracted–a sub­stan­tive indi­ca­tion of just how debased our polit­i­cal cul­ture has become.

Bur­ton quite appro­pri­ate­ly scored the GOP for being pur­vey­ors of the big lie, like Nazi pro­pa­gan­da min­is­ter Joseph Goebbels. Not only was he cor­rect about the dimen­sions of the men­dac­i­ty dis­sem­i­nat­ed by the GOP, but the Repub­li­can Par­ty itself is inex­tri­ca­bly linked with the Under­ground Reich.

Under the ver­bal assault direct­ed at him by the GOP, Bur­ton recant­ed and apol­o­gized. 

Past a point, truth-telling seems to elude the Democ­rats, who might well have scored points with the Amer­i­can peo­ple had they brought this fact to light. Even though the GOP “eth­nics” and their links to the Nazis emerged into the pub­lic spot­light years ago, the Nazi wing of the Repub­li­cans’ has nev­er been used to high­light the raw, fascis­tic bru­tal­i­ty they have long man­i­fest­ed.

In addi­tion to the Repub­li­cans’ eth­nic out­reach orga­ni­za­tion–lit­er­al­ly a Nazi wing of the GOP with roots firm­ly anchored in the Third Reich, the Rea­gan admin­is­tra­tion’s per­son­nel were select­ed by Helene Von Damm, a pro­tege of Otto von Bolschwing, Adolf Eich­man­n’s supe­ri­or for a time.

“John Bur­ton Apol­o­gizes for Com­par­ing Repub­li­cans to Nazi Goebbels” by Mor­gan Lit­tle; Los Ange­les Times; 9/3/2012.

EXCERPT: John Bur­ton, the chair­man of the Cal­i­for­nia Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty, has apol­o­gized for com­par­ing Repub­li­cans to Nazi pro­pa­gan­da chief Joseph Goebbels, a com­ment that quick­ly sparked out­cry from the GOP.

“If Mitt Rom­ney, Paul Ryan, or the Repub­li­cans are insult­ed by my describ­ing their cam­paign tac­tic as the big lie — I most humbly apol­o­gize to them or any­one who might have been offend­ed by that com­ment,” John Bur­ton said in a state­ment.

Bur­ton, who let loose against Repub­li­cans in an inter­view with KCBS and the San Fran­cis­co Chron­i­cle, expressed his con­tempt for the party’s recent rhetoric Mon­day morn­ing.

“They lie and they don’t care if peo­ple think they lie. As long as you lie, Joseph Goebbels, the big lie, you keep repeat­ing it, you know,” he said.
Bur­ton made a point of not­ing that he nev­er used the word “Nazi”; how­ev­er, he did invoke the Nazi min­is­ter of pro­pa­gan­da twice.
“That was Goebbels, a big lie, they said they don’t care about facts,” he said. “They’re going to lie so, I mean, that’s not pejo­ra­tive to them. They prob­a­bly wear it as a com­pli­ment.” . . . .


3 comments for “Democrat Tells the Truth about the GOP, then Recants”

  1. We live in an age where there are moles on both sides.

    Bur­ton may not be among them.

    But backpedal­ing & apol­o­giz­ing when you did noth­ing wrong actu­al­ly serves to strength­en the oppo­nen­t’s hand.

    This was a tac­tic deployed dur­ing the 8 years of Bush/Cheney/Rove.

    If you’re look­ing for a primer to begin a score­card on who’s a mole, sim­ply research which Con­gress­men apol­o­gized to Repub­li­cans dur­ing those 8 years, and the cir­cum­stances.

    There are some very big names in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Par­ty who gave a sig­nif­i­cant boost to Repub­li­cans at key moments.

    When­ev­er you see a polit­i­cal fig­ure “apol­o­gize”, keep an eye on that per­son. In con­text, “weaponized apolo­gies” are the ones that occur at key moments and do sig­nif­i­cant ret­ro­grade dam­age.

    Posted by R. Wilson | September 5, 2012, 8:11 pm
  2. Charles Fer­gu­son of Oscar-win­ning doc­u­men­tary “Inside Job” fame has writ­ten a new book called “Preda­tor Nation” in which he calls the pecu­liar polit­i­cal sys­tem the US now has — the “duop­oly”

    Quot­ing from the book:

    > In fact, the two par­ties have formed an inno­v­a­tive kind of car­tel— an arrange­ment I have termed America’s polit­i­cal duop­oly, which I ana­lyze in detail below.

    > Over the past quar­ter cen­tu­ry, the lead­ers of both polit­i­cal par­ties have per­fect­ed a remark­able sys­tem for remain­ing in pow­er while serv­ing America’s new oli­garchy. Both par­ties take in huge amounts of mon­ey, in many forms— cam­paign con­tri­bu­tions, lob­by­ing, revolv­ing-door hir­ing, favors, and spe­cial access of var­i­ous kinds. Politi­cians in both par­ties enrich them­selves and betray the inter­ests of the nation, includ­ing most of the peo­ple who vote for them. Yet both par­ties are still able to mobi­lize sup­port because they skill­ful­ly exploit America’s cul­tur­al polar­iza­tion.

    > America’s polit­i­cal duop­oly is now high­ly entrenched and resis­tant to change. Despite their pop­ulist pre­ten­sions, both par­ties depend on the mon­ey that flows to them because they, and only they, con­trol elec­toral pol­i­tics, and both par­ties would fierce­ly resist any chal­lenge to this arrange­ment.

    and final­ly ....

    > To some extent, it must sad­ly be admit­ted, America’s decline has been tol­er­at­ed by the Amer­i­can peo­ple. Over the last thir­ty years the Amer­i­can pop­u­la­tion has become less edu­cat­ed, less inclined to save and invest for the future, and, under­stand­ably, far more cyn­i­cal about par­tic­i­pat­ing in pol­i­tics and Amer­i­can insti­tu­tions. Con­se­quent­ly, it has proven dis­turbing­ly easy for the new Amer­i­can oli­garchy to manip­u­late large seg­ments of the pop­u­la­tion into tol­er­at­ing, even sup­port­ing, poli­cies that wors­en the nation’s con­di­tion. And, of course, many young Amer­i­cans have sim­ply giv­en up on pol­i­tics, par­tic­u­lar­ly after Obama’s betray­als.

    –Fer­gu­son, Charles H. (2012–05-22). Preda­tor Nation: Cor­po­rate Crim­i­nals, Polit­i­cal Cor­rup­tion, and the Hijack­ing of Amer­i­ca. Ran­dom House, Inc.. Kin­dle Edi­tion.

    If the Repub­li­can are Nazis, then they are the nation’s bad cops, and the Democ­rats are the nations good cops in games played on the Amer­i­can work­er to get them/us to pay for all their excess­es, with gam­bling and game shows func­tion­ing to let peo­ple think they have a shad­ow of a snowflake’s in hell chance of entrance to this elite club.

    In a sense the pri­va­ti­za­tion and scan­dal­iza­tion of the econ­o­my is their way of tax­ing us to pay for this new pri­va­tized world order. What a total abom­i­na­tion of human life not to men­tion the Con­sti­tu­tion and the dreams our Founders had for this nation.


    Posted by Brux | October 24, 2012, 4:18 am
  3. Pos­si­ble that any­one who makes such ‘state­ments is threat­ened with seri­ous­ly prob­lem­at­ic con­se­quences unless they retract the state­ment... seri­ous threats against crit­ics, or black­mail, is a very com­mon and old Nazi tac­tic. Con­ser­v­a­tive Ger­mans still do the same thing today, where in Ger­man law the word ‘Nazi’ is, in effect if not on paper, con­sid­ered more of a slan­der­ous insult than a fac­tu­al polit­i­cal descrip­tor. Large­ly because the Ger­man fed­er­al courts were put under the con­trol of Nazis after 1949 (per Tetens and oth­ers). Iden­ti­fy a Ger­man Nazi or a rel­a­tive as a Nazi, and they can sue you for slan­der (in Ger­many) whether they are/were or they aren’t/weren’t. Which in effect has main­tained secre­cy for con­tin­ued Nazi activ­i­ties after WW2. Emory may have cov­ered at least part of this else­where.

    Posted by Finley | November 5, 2012, 7:09 pm

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