Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Bush and the Nazis

Diane McWhorter has an appalling essay in Slate (really, it's goosebump inducing - if not worse) in which she complains that President Bush isn't compared to the Nazis often enough. I don't have the patience, time and energy to write a rebuttal, but the American Heritage blog has an excellent analysis:
Ms. McWhorter handsomely acknowledges that the Bush people have avoided exterminating the Jews, but insists that this does not get them off the hook. She concludes by assuming the point at issue: The United States is like Nazi Germany because ordinary Americans went along with Bush for a number of years. Before that dazzling display of circular reasoning, she makes a number of other comparisons, and one core of her argument focuses on the brief threat to change the Senate’s rules on the filibuster, which, had it happened, "struck me as a functional analog of the Enabling Act of 1933, which consolidated the German government under Chancellor Hitler and effectively dissolved the Reichstag as a parliamentary body." For this analogy to hold, you have to assume, at a minimum, that in the event the Republicans had changed the filibuster rules on confirming Federal judges, there would never again have been an election in the United States. And to assume this, you have to be an idiot.
Do read the whole thing.

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