Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Democrat Rep. Cohen Calls GOP NAZIs

It seems to us that it wasn't too long ago that the Democrats were attempting to discredit the Tea Party by implying that we held signs with swastikas and accused Democrats of being Nazis.  We  also distinctly recall Democrats calling George W. Bush a Nazi during his term in office.  We have a saying in our family.  If you must resort to name calling and obscenities in your speech, you're only demonstrating a deficient vocabulary. 

It appears to us that this name calling among American politicians has gone a bit too far.  The word Nazi is associated with bigoted, mass murderers who considered themselves to be superior to others.  Those politicians and commentators, who feel it necessary to use the word Nazi, they should apply it to the real ones like Hitler, Himmler, Goebbels, Eichmann, etc. -- in other words to those who were the real thing.  Those who feel a need to insult deeply in order to get a point across ought to be clever enough to coin a new word.  That one is somewhat worn and has run its course.

As for Representative Cohen, it is absolutely reprehensible, that he who is of the Jewish faith should feel a need to resort to such a degrading term, during a time when there is call to tone down the political rhetoric, especially that which is associated with violence.  We'll wait and see how many of his fellow Democrats call him on it as they would a Republican who'd dare use the term.

Democrat invokes Nazis to slam GOP on health care
by USA Today Feed on Jan. 19, 2011

Dem. Rep. Steve Cohen being sworn in
by "NAZI" Speaker John Boehmer
 A Democratic congressman invoked the Holocaust and the Nazi’s “big lie” strategy last night during a speech to a near-empty House chamber about Republican efforts to repeal the health care law.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., also used the same phrase — blood libel — that got former Alaska governor Saran Palin into trouble with some Jewish groups.

Speaking about Republicans, Cohen said last night: “They say it’s a government takeover of health care. A big lie just like (Joseph) Goebbels. You say it enough and you repeat the lie, repeat the lie, repeat the lie until eventually people believe it. Like blood libel, that’s the same kind of thing.”

Joseph Goebbels was the minister of propaganda for the Nazis.

Cohen, who is Jewish, has been in Congress since 2007. A former Tennessee state senator, he is the only white lawmaker representing a majority-black House district.

Lawmakers were hoping that the debate to repeal the health care law would be more civil, in light of the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the role political rhetoric may have had in the Jan. 8 rampage in Tucson that killed six people.

Cohen’s speech was first reported by ABC News.

In a column for Roll Call, a newspaper that covers Congress, Cohen spoke out about incendiary political rhetoric shortly after Giffords was shot.

“Reckless and hateful speech” often have a “terrible human cost,” Cohen wrote in the piece, published Jan. 11. “If the horrific events in Arizona are not enough to modulate our public discourse, it is likely there will be more violence, more deaths.”
Copyright 2011

By using such terminology, not only does Representative Cohen reveal himself to be a hypocrite after his own speech on hateful Rhetoric, but he compares his fellow congressmen to the savages that sent those of his faith to the gas chambers.  There is no comparison and all should really take stock of the language they use.  Not only are deranged, mentally ill people affected by what they read and hear, but impressionable students as well. 


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