Democratic Congressman Compares Republicans To Nazis, and He’s Right!

by Ben Hoffman

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.

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26 Comments to “Democratic Congressman Compares Republicans To Nazis, and He’s Right!”

  1. Rep. Cohen is so right.
    I am afraid for what is happening to our country now, and what is going to happen, with these Republicans being the way that they are, wasting our time with this phony symbolic “in-your-face, Obama” healthcare repeal, and spewing the lies and hate that they do on a regular basis.
    I am very concerned about the direction that these republicans are going to take our country in in the next few years of Obama’s presidency. Even if they can’t repeal healthcare, they can starve it of funding. This is a bill which benefits so many Americans, myself included. Are people really that blind and/or ignorant and apathetic about what these people represent, and what their agenda is? They do not care about the American people at all.
    Again, I am afraid for our country.

    • [Again, I am afraid for our country.]

      I’m not afraid for our country. I just feel a bit sad because it’s the end of America as an exceptional nation. Right-wingers seek the lowest common denominator and then try to go below that. You don’t get to exceptionalism in a race to the bottom.

    • This is a bill which benefits so many Americans, myself included.

      What situation are you in that this new law is helping you?

  2. “At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized — at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do — it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds,” the president said.
    🙂

    • While I agree with this in principle, it is important that we do not allow this recent call to tone down our rhetoric to become an excuse to stifle our free speech and the free expression that makes this country great. While we should all be nicer to each other, we need to make sure that this does not become an excuse for politicians and others to try to stifle our free speech. In other words, we should not allow this to become an excuse for either political or governmental censorship, or self-censorship.

  3. I agree that it should be against the law for an elected official to lie to the public. However, if this was an actual law, probably most of our current batch of politicians would be in jail, and we would have no elected officials left in office. On the other hand, maybe then we would wake up and elect some real, honest, good people who would truly be working for us and our interests.

  4. Democratic Congressman Compares Republicans To Nazis

    Restriction and censorship for those that you disagree with.
    Freedom of speech for those you agree with.

    The Democrat way – gotta’ love it.

    • [Restriction and censorship for those that you disagree with.]

      Nope, nobody’s calling for restriction or censorship. That’s just another lie from a right-wing pathological liar.

      • Nope, nobody’s calling for restriction or censorship. That’s just another lie from a right-wing pathological liar.

        Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress.

        thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/136895-dem-planning-bill-that-would-outlaw-threatening-lawmakers

      • So what? Calling someone a Nazi isn’t calling for their murder. Telling people to “reload and take aim” is.

      • So what? Calling someone a Nazi isn’t calling for their murder. Telling people to “reload and take aim” is.

        Like I said, language you find suitable you restrict. Language you find acceptable you call free speech.

      • Let me ask you this… Yelling “fire” in a crowded movie theater is against the law. Is that an infringement of your 1st Amendment rights?

      • Is that an infringement of your 1st Amendment rights?

        Nope.

      • Why not?

        It’s inciting riot and placing people in danger. WITH the intent to do so.

        The fact that some politco has used military terminology in a political setting or campaign somehow caused, directly or indirectly, is insane. And if you DO think that political speech should not be allowed to use such rhetoric, then I would expect you to go after the Congressman who suggested that the Florida Governor be put up against the wall and shot.

        But you won’t.

        Because you support the Democrat tyrant.

      • [It’s inciting riot and placing people in danger. WITH the intent to do so.]

        That’s exactly what these right-wing pundits, politicians, and whatever the hell Palin is, are doing. There are a lot of angry, unstable right-wingers out there who just need a little nudge to go off the deep end and go on a shooting rampage. That’s well documented. Left-wingers aren’t nearly as emotional or violent.

  5. Ben: I don’t mind the rhetoric so much as the lying. It should be against the law for an elected official to lie to the public.
    Then every Democrat everywhere would be in Jail.

  6. Dear Ben,
    Obama: ‘If They Bring a Knife to the Fight, We Bring a Gun’ (June 14, 2008)
    Never mind that in 2008, Moulitsas (Daily Kos Founder), disappointed with Blue Dogs such as Giffords, had his own “target list” of “Democrats who sold out the Constitution.” Giffords was on the list in bold type. Moulitsas said: “Not all these people will get or even deserve primaries,” Moulitsas said, “but this certainly puts a bull’s-eye on their district.” Target? Bull’s-eye?
    WHOOPS!

  7. Oh that’s right, the Left believes the rules they have for everyone else doesn’t apply to them.

  8. i love, love, love the last one!!!

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