August 25, 2007

Scarborough doesn't challenge Bush-Hitler comparison

Joe Scarborough, on his new "Morning Joe" show on MSNBC, didn't utter a peep of a challenge to Naomi Wolf's assertion that the Bush administration is like -- yep -- Hitler:

... what's happening in America is really much more recognizable if you look at other times and places where leaders have closed down open societies. And what I found through my reading, for the research I did for The End of America, it's really scary but it's important for us to face so that we can, you know, basically save the country in time, what is clear that in every historical situation in which a leader is seeking to close down an open society, to put pressure on a democracy, to weaken it, to shift it toward a more repressive regime, or even to crush a pro-democracy uprising in a society that isn't free, they take the same ten steps, and that these ten steps have been taken systematically by the Bush administration, and we're really so close to a tipping point at which it will be difficult to redeem democracy unless we act now.

I mean, you saw this happening in Italy in the 20s, in Germany in the 30s, in East Germany in the 50s, in Prague in the 60s, in China in the 80s. Again and again leaders that are trying to push through things that make it hard to recover democratic practice terrify the population and often the threat is real. So I really think it's important for our leaders to get some perspective because right now people are so traumatized by the threat of being cast as soft on terror that they are scared to stand up for the Constitution.

Joe may not have challenged Wolf, but commenter "Mica the Magnificent" did with his own "ten steps" that threaten open societies:

1) Have an agendized press; 2) Implement the Fairness Doctrine; 3) Buddy up with and praise dictators; 4) Keep U.S. dependent on foreign oil. No oil drilling in U.S. owned territory; 5) Make a mockery of the current president for the enemy to enjoy; 6) Compare Islam with other religions and see no difference; 7) Call the war on terror a 'bumper sticker'; 8) Work for and insist on defeat in Iraq to embolden our enemies; 9) Have sanctuary cities so the terrorists can walk freely among us; 10) Call our enemy survellience system a 'domestic spy program' and keep the public uninformed and misled.
Posted by Felix at August 25, 2007 12:04 PM | TrackBack

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