Richard,I am also a Marine vet. Thankfully, during my four years of service I never had to face combat, but I would have if called on. My 23 year old son is in the National Guard and although he is currently attending college, he very likely will deploy in 2011.I would be the first in line to thank this man for his service to our great country. BUT, his political ideology does not make him any more American than I am, nor does it make his opinion worth more than mine. Accusations of Nazism from either side are counter-productive at best and demagoguery at worst.
JL:I agree.Bob:Thank you for your service. May God bless and protect your son, I know you're proud of him. My oldest son was in the Navy and served on the Eisenhower in the '90's."his political ideology does not make him any more American than I am"No disagreement there."Accusations of Nazism from either side are counter-productive at best and demagoguery at worst."Again, I agree. However, in this case, this Marine was responding to the accusation being made toward those (including him) who were protesting health care reform at town hall meetings. Congressman Baird specifically made the following comment (for which he later apologized):“What we’re seeing right now is close to Brown Shirt tactics. I mean that very seriously.”And Nancy Pelosi lied about a Swastika poster she had been told about and in doing so, associated protesters with Nazism. So this Marine was simply defending, and rightfully so, his and others' right to protest without being demagogued by members of Congress. I think his comments were spot on.
Mr. Pollock:Ooh-rah. First and foremost, thank you for not only your service, but for that of your son as well.Second - in the face of outright despotism and the Left's blind, if not rabid, rush towards complete Socialism, sentiments such as those courageously voiced by this fine Marine are in fact as American and patriotic as they come, particularly with respect to the ideology and principles upon which our great nation was founded...a foundation which is now being systematically dismantled.As a sidebar, it was in fact Pelosi's own constituency who toted swastikas (with the "s" in "Bush" drawn as a swastika) - behavior which she applauded because it suited her needs. As the trained rifleman that he is, this Marine's illustration did not miss its mark. Further, it is a far-more accurate comparison to Pelosi and the rest of the statists to Nationalist-Socialist Germany than to any of their opponents. These days, it seems the Socialist Left is operating straight from the Nationalist-Socialist playbook; to suggest otherwise is absurd and/or ignorant. It is the context of the almost daily erosion of our nation's most sacred and inherent values that conduct such as this should be applauded and encouraged.Thank you again sir. Semper Fi.
Richard, This guy's comments sound like they were taken directly from Rush Limbaugh, who I believe was the first to start throwing accusations of Nazism around.
Bob:Actually, Pelosi was the first to start throwing the accusation of Nazism around. Baird followed quickly with his "brown shirts" comment. As my Grandpa used to tell me, "If you're going to dish it out, you need to be ready to take it." Otherwise, they should keep their mouths shut.
The comment about being a Marine was dead on. That marine took an oath to defend the Constitution and so did that Congressman. Read the Constitution lately? When Congress passes legislation that gives the Federal Government authority in areas where the Constitution CLEARLY does not authorize such authority, the congressmen who vote for that legislation break their oath of office.Look at what the Federal Government is already doing about health care. Look at what Congress proposes to do. Where does the Constitution give Congress any authority to pass legislation that allows government to run our health care system? Congress does have the authority to regulate interstate commerce, but that is about it. Except with respect to the military, Congress doe not have the authority to operate a health care system. Except with respect to the insurance angle, our privately owned health care providers do not engage in interstate commerce such that any special Federal Government involvement is at all necessary. The is why even the health insurance companies are for the most part regulated by state governments.Even if the Federal Government chooses to take over the regulation of health insurance, its Constitutional authority would only extend to regulation, not the operation of the insurance companies. The people who wrote the Constitution quite obviously never expected Federal Government to run our health care system. Yet that is what some oath breakers have set out to do.Note also that the Democratic Party's own leadership brought up the accusations of Nazism. Consider that socialism, which is what the government takeover of our health care represents, would threaten our liberty. Why? With socialism, we no longer have the choices that come with the right to own property and the fruit of our labors.That is why both the Nazis and the Communists promoted socialism. intended with socialism. So once again, that Marine's remarks were dead on.
Limbaugh also responded to Pelosi's remarks.
JL:Very well said, sir, very well said. I could not agree more. CT:Thanks for the input.
The Marine was not making an "accusation" that the Obama administration are Nazis. He was making a comparison, very accurately, between the early days of the Obama administration and the early days of Nazi rule in the mid-1930s.
Chaps:You are correct.
I have heard the new adminstration's policies referred to as neo-socialism. Instead of directly controlling the means of production, they are trying to control them indirectly through politics. In other words, they reap what we sow by re-allocating our resources as they see fit.
Anon:Actually, I think it would be more accurate to call their policies fascist.
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