Friday, July 20, 2007

1933-1984

Hey! 1933 called. Adolf wants his brown shirts back.

Chris Weigant over at the Huffington Post has leaked portions of a secret White House manual on crowd control. Here's a sample:

The formation of "rally squads" is a common way to prepare for demonstrators by countering their message. This tactic involves utilizing small groups of volunteers to spread favorable messages using large hand held signs, placards, or perhaps a long sheet banner, and placing them in strategic areas around the site.
This isn't fiction. It's a page out of the Nazis' play book, where the popular slogan among Hitler's bands of brown shirted thugs proclaimed, “Terror must be broken by terror.”

These squads should be instructed always to look for demonstrators. The rally squad's task is to use their signs and banners as shields between the demonstrators and the main press platform. If the demonstrators are yelling, rally squads can begin and lead supportive chants to drown out the protestors [sic] (USA!, USA!, USA!). As a last resort, security should remove the demonstrators from the event site. The rally squads can include, but are not limited to, college/young republican organizations, local athletic teams, and fraternities/ sororities.
The Brown Shirts were fond of saying, “all opposition must be stamped into the ground.” Is it really that far of a leap from "Free Speech Zones" (those corrals of demonstrators kept out of sight from Bush which shred the First Amendment) to the gulag of Guantanamo where POW's are being held without any rights at all.

Hermann Göring, commander of Hitler's Luftwaffe, made the following admission in the course of his trial in Nuremberg:

“Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.”
Tell me if you've seen this movie already.

13 comments:

Kari Chisholm said...

Thom, I get your point - but frankly, these are the same crowd control tactics used by Democrats. And they're not that outlandish. Ya get a sign, and you stand in front of the jerk with a "bad" sign.

One more thing: The Bushies are evil, but they're not Nazis. When you correlate what they're doing to what the Nazis did, you cheapen what the Nazis did.

In other words, by saying Bush=Nazis, you're trying to mean "Bush is super-evil-bad" but you really end up saying "Nazis are regular-plain-old-bad."

The Nazis, Stalin, the Khmer Rouge, and a handful of others slaughtered millions of people. That's just not the same as the GOP.

Chris Weigant said...

Thom -

Thanks for linking to my article. I got a laugh out of your graphic, too!

Kari -

Bush may not be Hitler, but he most assuredly is Nixon.

Check out:

Bush = Nixon

or stop by my blog at:

www.chrisweigant.com

-CW

Thom said...

Hi Kari,
i'm a bit fuzzy at the moment regarding all the tactics, but i wouldn't agree with it if Dems started to use their power to have dissenters hauled off. (Unless they decide to use inherent contempt to have Harriet Myers hauled off to the Capitol dungeon!)

As for who is more evil, Bush himself has the deaths of 600,000 Iraqis on his head. I guess that makes him less evil than Hitler. I'll stand by the analogy though.

I'm just discovering these comments. I need some mentoring with this blog ;-)

Chris - truth in advertising. Most of my art here comes from Google searches. My best buddy tells me it's better to ask for forgiveness than permission!

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Thom said...

to the anonymous troll...

you made my day

maloney said...

gosh. looks like it got nasty around here. i'm kind of sorry to have missed the fireworks...

Thom said...

No, no fireworks. Just some BlueOregon lurker who used the anonymous comment function to pretend to be others. It was amusing at first. Then it took a quick turn for the vulgar, which clued me in to what i was dealing with.

Thom said...

"Those who fail to remember history are doomed to repeat it." Speaking of which, we're seeing a repeat of the plea not to compare Hitler and Bush over at LaneBus.org

Thom said...

Troll fund reorganized and comments sequestered.

Phyllis said...

Well written article.