Comparing Republicans to Nazis — Who Started it?

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Maybe comparing Republicans to Nazis started with the 1964 Goldwater/Johnson presidential race.

Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater accepted an invitation to visit an American military installation located in Bavaria, Germany. On “CBS Evening News” hosted by Walter Cronkite, correspondent Daniel Schorr said: “It is now clear that Sen. Goldwater’s interview with Der Spiegel, with its hard line appealing to right-wing elements in Germany, was only the start of a move to link up with his opposite numbers in Germany.” The reaction shot — when the cameras returned to Cronkite — showed the “most trusted man in America” gravely shaking his head.

Or maybe it began when Goldwater accepted the Republican nomination, and Democratic California Gov. Pat Brown said the “stench of fascism is in the air.”

Or maybe the Republicans-as-fascists narrative really jump-started during the 1968 presidential campaign. For commentary at the political conventions that year, ABC hired left-wing pundit Gore Vidal and matched him with conservative pundit William F. Buckley. If the network was looking for fireworks, they were not disappointed. Quarreling with Buckley over the impact of anti-Vietnam War dissidents, Gore called Buckley a “crypto-Nazi.” Incensed, Buckley fired back: “Now listen, you queer, stop calling me a crypto-Nazi, or I’ll sock you in your goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”

More recently, former Vice President Al Gore said: “(George W. Bush’s) executive branch has made it a practice to try and control and intimidate news organizations, from PBS to CBS to Newsweek. … And every day, they unleash squadrons of digital brownshirts to harass and hector any journalist who is critical of the president.”

Entertainer and liberal activist Harry Belafonte, when asked whether the number and prominence of blacks in the Bush administration suggested a lack of racism, said, “Hitler had a lot of Jews high up in the hierarchy of the Third Reich.”

Then-NAACP Chairman Julian Bond pulled out the Nazi card in 2004 while criticizing congressional Republicans and the White House: “They preach racial equality but practice racial division. … Their idea of equal rights is the American flag and Confederate swastika flying side by side.”

Bond later clarified whom he meant by “they.” Speaking at historically black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in 2006, Bond said, “The Republican Party would have the American flag and the swastika flying side by side.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dared to rein in excessive public employee compensation packages, received the full Nazi treatment.

The hard-left blog wrote: “Scott Walker is a fascist, perhaps not in the classical sense since he doesn’t operate in the streets, but a fascist nonetheless. … He is a fascist, for his program takes immediate and direct aim at (a sector of) the working class …”

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  • oldtimer

    What party is turning it's back on Israel???? I think they are the ones who should be called Nazi's.

  • Omar

    Of course, what the left doesn't want to acknowledge or accept is the fact that Nazism and fascism are far left- wing ideologies that despised democracy and free market capitalism. In fact, Communism and fascism have a lot in common with one another. The chief difference between the two is the nationalism/internationalism element in which fascism embraced nationalism (hence why the Nazis were called National-Socialists) while communists embrace internationalism. There is no comparison between conservatism and fascism. Conservatism favors limited, responsible government while fascism favors totalitarianism.

  • Danny

    And don't forget the reference to feminists as "femiNazis", and calling union members who work for Obama's campaign "brownshirts", and a book describing the most effective Democratic presidents of the last century as fascists.

    Oops, sorry, those things were actually said or written by conservatives. Oh well.

    Yep, using the fascist/Nazi card against your political opponent is as American as apple pie.

    • Surly Curmudgen

      Could that be due to fascists and Nazis being entities of the political left? They fit in with Democrats and affiliated groups very well.

      • Danny

        No, it's actually due to politics being a blood sport.
        Entertaining as hell, though.

    • Fritz

      Actually the radical feminists have much more in common with true Nazis then just rhetoric. The politically correct speech codes, advocacy for quotas based on gender, confiscatory gun control, and the collective punishment of heterosexual males for fabricated injustices against women.
      There is also the abortion issue, something that was advocated by the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, as an instrument for enacting eugenicist goals. Margaret Sanger was notorious for stating that she wanted to drive the Black race into extinction, as well as breeding out other undesirable traits from the gene pool, birth defects, metal retardation, mental illness, but above all anything that was not white and pure. In short Ms. Sanger's writings were the blueprint for the master race policies of the Nazi regime. Although Planned Parenthood and the radical feminists will not openly admit it, they still largely agree with Ms. Sangers ideas. Well let's look at the leadership of the modern feminist movement, upper middle class and white, and elitist. It isn't a coincidence that most of the abortion clinics are situated in Black neighborhoods, in politics there are no coincidences.
      As for comparing Union members working for Obama's campaign "Brownshirts" this has more to do with their thuggish and intimidating behavior as opposed to political ideology. Even so they are basically aiding the Obama campaign with manpower paid for with misappropriated Union dues forcibly confiscated from their members.

    • tagalog

      The drawing of parallels of American politicians with Nazis began with the Communists, who used that particular practice of name-calling to attack FDR and Harry Truman who came after him. The Communist position, followed by the CPUSA, was to attack anyone who was not a Marxist communist revolutionary, which at the time was just about everyone except the Chinese Reds, the Soviets, some Italians and some Germans.

      So the pedigree of name-calling using the term "Nazi" begins with the lefties.

  • aspacia

    The UN and the liberals of the West have no shame.

  • espersemper

    Che Obama has the same praise by media, scholars and black leaders and jewish intelliencia.
    History is repeating and the communist or socialist or leftist agenda is getting the masses of useful idiots
    To parade their hate victory degeneration.

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  • Clare Spark

    Calling Republicans Nazis or fascists started in the 1930s. It was a favorite communist and social democratic trick, that was seen even then as nonsensical. I wrote about the mess here:…. “Political hate speech in the media.”

  • clarespark

    The Nazi term was applied to Republicans in the 1930s by Communists and Social Democrats, in order to name themselves as the true anti-Fascists. It was a tactic of the Popular Front and probably started in the Spanish Civil War, as Soviet-controlled battalions controlled by Moscow killed their anarchist and Trotskyist rivals. Later it came in handy as "socially responsible capitalists" aligned with the New Deal attacked their rivals as threats to the public interest. I wrote about it briefly here:…. "Political hate speech in the media."

  • Surly Curmudgen

    Obama and the Democrats seem to hold Islam in great esteem yet they deny GOD three times.

  • Iratus Vulgas

    In the Sixties it was fashionable to flip off "Amerikka" at every possible opportunity. For many boomers, politics was just another fashion statement to compliment the feathers, beads, and psychedelic music. The Natzy caricature was an easy way to discredit conservative Republicans without having to know anything. Some traditions die hard.

  • tagalog

    According to the book "Dupes" by Paul Kengor, a well-documented history of Communist involvement in U.S. politics and culture, the characterization of Republicans (and some Democrats for that matter, Harry Truman among them) as Nazis began within a couple of years after World War II ended.

  • Questions

    I've seen Julian Bond speak live. There is no end to his characterization of conservatives as the scourge of humanity. He reminds me of Harry Belafonte in his egalitarian self-righteousness.

  • drivesguy

    Lets look at a few facts, shall we? The progressive Democrats attempt to use legislation, regulation and press manipulation to silence dissent of Policies. The Nazi war machine did the same thing under Goebbels. The Democrats utilize domestic terror groups to intimidate the local population in the form of Acorn, Occupy Wall Street and union thugs. The Nazi's had their own group that did pretty much the same thing. They were called "Brown Shirts" Democrats like Eric Holder attempt to limit firearm ownership if not outright seize privately owned firearms under the guise of Crime Prevention. Hitler shortly after he seized power implemented a "gun control law" to seize privately owned firearms from the citizens of Germany. Progressive Democrats see Israel as the problem to all the world's ills and actively engage terrorist organizations like CAIR, the Muslim Student Association and the Muslim Brotherhood for funding and support while all the while undermining Israel's position and slowly but surely weakening the nation of Israel. Hitler = 12 million Jewish men woman and children sent to the gas chambers and crematoriums. Progressive Democrats see absolutely nothing wrong with killing a baby should the child survive an abortion attempt. Nazi Germany = Project T4. Now you tell me who the real Nazi's are? To the progressives: Pot meet Kettle.

  • Omar

    People around the world should watch the Soviet Story documentary (directed by Edvins Snore) to learn more about the close connections (and similarities) between Communism and Nazism and the cooperation between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany before 1941.

  • Bluffcreek1967

    Calling Conservatives or Republicans "Nazis" or "Racists" is simply ad-hominen attacks when the Left doesn't have anything of substance to say in reply. They are easy, cheap and reveal how weak the Left's position truly is. Moreover, they know how troubling it is to Republicans to be referred to as the "N" word (no, not that word!) or the "R" word. Guilt-ridden Whites will fall all over themselves and make endless concessions to prove they are not racists. Because the Left has continually abused such terms, they have become virtually meaningless as originally defined. I don't even give such accusations a second thought. Whenever someone uses it against me, I immediately dismiss them as a useful idiot and go about my day.

  • Rothschild

    I think it's simply a well known unpublished fact that Republicans are Nazi-lite…writers such as Simone Weil wrote about how Hitler was not actually a psychopath, but was a product of Western civilizations cravings for ideologies and Nationalism (Patriotism) in the state.

    She described Hitler (the West) as the new Caesar; she was a pacifist in the French Resistance, and was one of the first political feminists in France, as well;

    The West she argued developed a servile admiration for a Roman tyrant named Sulla, one of Hitler's favorite mentors.

    And, that The West (Republicans) respect the values of Hitler…..I find her to be 100% correct….sometimes for example; when I do in depth philosophical research I see, word for word, slogans by Nazis during the war, and the same slogans by PAC Republicans in the 21sst century.

    To say the least it puts a chill up my spine.

    The Republican desire for greatness power, security are all bordering on Fascism; and they make the rest, that are not like them weak; I could go on an on; but, it is true Republicans are like Nazis, many even supported them at the end of the war…that is why I never voted for a Republican, ever.

  • miguel

    To understand the name calling by the Democratic Party you have to understand the communist modus operandi. Anyone that's not allied with them has to have a name such as 'reactionary' etc. In this case, they have not forgotten that the first thing Hitler did when he got into power was exterminate the communists in Germany. Hence they use the word 'Nazi' to indicate anyone not in agreement with them. If one looks at communism from the Russian revolution forward there is nothing to recommend it. Like socialism, it is a history of murder, totalitarianism, and poverty. The Democrats should know more than anyone else, after all the Confederacy supported the Democrats and also formed the Klu Klux Klan after the civil war to keep blacks in line.