>Digby lays out what the Teabaggers are saying about their leaders, and what their leaders are saying about “the other side”. It looks like a big heap o’ projection, but people are swallowing it. At the moment I am almost through William Shirer’s “Berlin Diary”, and to say there are parallels in what the Tea Party believes and in what many Germans in Nazi Germany believed, is pretty much just right. Shirer includes translations of things Hitler and Goebbels said in broadcasts, and newspaper headlines. It all bombarded the listener/reader with the idea, over and over and over again, of poor nice Germany just looking out for its neighbors, being victimized — victimized! — by those horrible aggressors, the British and French*. Shirer tells often of citizens asking him “Why do the French make war on us?” He asks, in reply, “Why do you make war on the Poles?” and is met with blank stares. Did some know exactly what was going on? Sure. But, keep in mind, as you what the Tea Party folks say about their hero, Glenn Beck, that gullibility and ignorance, willful or otherwise, is a universal trait of regular old fascism, no matter what country you find it in. Link highly recommended, if you’re not already a regular reader.
*the book ends in December 1940. There is one early newspaper reference, however, to “Herr Roosevelt and his Jewish camarilla” chomping at the bit for war.