The Nazi allegations are floating around again. Like racism, being labeled a Nazi by anyone in the political spectrum, left and right, is not only irresponsible, but grossly sophomoric behavior that is akin to sixth grade antics in the lunchroom. To put it simply, there is no vast national socialist plot to takeover the country. We have a constitution that prevents the rapid centralization of power that would fit the governing model of a national socialist government. Yes, Barack Obama and George Bush are both at fault for expanding the six and scope of government to unacceptable levels, but that doesn’t make them Nazis.
While I have great respect for Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, I found his remarks about Sen. Chuck Schumer and Sen Casey’s tax law that would mandate that wealthy people prove they didn’t renounce their citizenship for tax reasons. This comes in light of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s renunciation of U.S. citizenship before the social media site went public last Friday. According to Bernie Becker and Erik Wasson of The Hill,
“the targeting people that turn in their passports reminded him of regimes that had driven people out of the country, only to confiscate their wealth at the door. I think Schumer can probably find the legislation to do this. It existed in Germany in the 1930s and Rhodesia in the ’70s and in South Africa as well, said Norquist. “He probably just plagiarized it and translated it from the original German.” The Nazis infamously implemented a departure tax on Jews who tried to flee Germany before World War II.”
One could have argued that there are bigger issues at hand with the economy and our entitlement structure than focusing on whether a few wealthy Americans abandon their citizenship in the future. Instead of Nazi references, Grover could have made an eloquent attack on this law by discussing the gross overreach of congressional power, the reasons why we should expand our 72,536 page tax code, and how will this new law make collecting revenue more efficient. I’m guessing the cost to collect the tax from would-be ex-patriots would outweigh the benefits.
On the left, we have left-wing blowhard Stephanie Miller comparing Mitt Romney to Hitler due to his past “bullying” episode and the inability for liberals to understand or stomach the amoral disposition of capitalism. On an equally idiotic footing, she also compared GOP policies as promoting”state sponsored rape” against women. Newsbusters broke a story surrounding Michelle Goldberg, contributor to Newsweek/Daily Beast, who penned a piece even comparing Ann Romney to Hitler and Stalin.
The source of the controversy centered on a piece Ann Romney wrote for USA Today for Mother’s Day:
Cherish your mothers. The ones who wiped your tears, who were at every ball game or ballet recital. The ones who believed in you, even when nobody else did, even when maybe you didn’t believe in yourself. Women wear many hats in their lives.
Daughter, sister, student, breadwinner. But no matter where we are or what we’re doing, one hat that moms never take off is the crown of motherhood.
There is no crown more glorious.
I guess motherhood really got the fascists going, but I think it’s really hedged on liberals engaging in their usual stupidity. Goldberg responded by saying that “I found that phrase ‘the crown of motherhood’ really kind of creepy, not just because of its, like, somewhat you know, I mean, it’s kind of usually really authoritarian societies that give out like The Cross of Motherhood, that give awards for big families. You know, Stalin did it, Hitler did it.” Yep, where did I leave my steel-toed boots again, I’m ready to march.
The truth of the matter is that Nazism is a rather hybrid of various political leanings. It’s not exclusively right or left wing. Both fascists and communists espoused totalitarian governing styles, with an emphasis on organized labor, and the view of capitalism as a failed ideology. The only exception to the rule is that communism advocated a classless, international proletariate controlling the goods and means of production, while fascists espoused celebrating the triumph of their respective nation. In other words, they decided to flip off the fraternity notion and go their own way celebrating their own racial or ethnic superiority. Not an overly brotherly disposition. In all, since Nazism is a political philosophy with more that 50 shades of grey, I propose we have a indefinite moratorium on using this label to smear or attack political opponents, unless they actually espouse a national socialist platform, which will never happen. It’s ignorant, stupid, and lacks sophistication to just call one’s opponent a “Nazi.” We’re conservatives with the truth, facts, and numbers on our side. Do we really need to engage in this nonsensical behavior? As for the left, I would say the same thing, but being that the world is your oyster; it’s bound to slip through the cracks of your shamefully spineless philosophy.