"...there's one thing that he's (Olbermann's) finally being called to account over. And that's his use of the Nazi salute when pretending to be Bill O'Reilly. The implication is that Fox News is really a Nazi propaganda machine. Always remember the following template when it comes to liberals. If a liberal has lost an argument and has absolutely nothing left to say, they will call their opponent a Nazi. The Democrats have been doing it to George Bush for 5 1/2 years.
But those who are offended by Olbermann's tactics have gotten tired of it. So the Anti-Defamation League fired off a letter to Olbermann which read, in part:
"As a respected and well-known media personality, your actions have consequences and can set a standard for others to emulate. We are especially concerned that young people viewing your program might take their cues from your free use of the "Sieg Heil" salute.""
So, I'm surfing around the net today, hitting some blogs and what do I come across? Why, I come across Bob at I am a Christian Too, he's posted an entry, » Conservatives Without Conscience: Christians and Earthly Authority, in which he discusses John Dean's new book, Conservatives Without Conscience, here'a a snippet:
Dean is a Goldwater Republican who finds that most beliefs held by Bush conservatives run directly counter to his traditional conservatism (you know, fiscal responsibility, personal freedom, avoiding international adventurism that conservatism.) When he went looking for an explanation for this tectonic shift, he came across some academic studies trying to understand why so many Germans followed Hitler's immoral rule during WWII. A lone madman like Hitler is one thing. A large segment of the population willing to follow a Hitler or a Mussolini is another. Where was their conscience?
These psychological studies developed a profile of the type of person likely to participate in immoral actions merely because a strong leader tells them to. These authoritarians tend to be submissive to authority and in favor of punishing the declared enemies of the authorities. Authoritarians conform to conventional behaviors, are hostile to minorities, and view themselves as more moral than others. They also aren't very self-aware; it's difficult for them to see their actions from outside the context of the authoritarian structure.
As you might expect, conservative Christians tend to score highly on this scale.
Yeah, sure, Bob. We might expect a progressive Christian to try to compare Conservatives to Nazis and those who followed like blind sheep as Hitler committed genocide. Of course, in doing so we would ignore the very real Nazis in the world today, like the leader of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who as CNN.com reports:
"...Ahmadinejad quoted a remark from Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini, the founder of Iran's Islamic revolution, who said that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world.
"The president then said: "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism," according to a quote published by IRNA....
... Ahmadinejad is quoted as saying, "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation's fury.""
There is a fascism raising it's head today, but author John Dean, Bob at I am a Christian Too and other Progressive/Democrat's like him and Keith Olbermann would have us believe that these terrorist fascists who seek to invoke another holocaust on Israel are a minority group who should be protected from the evil neo-conservative "Crusade." Puhleaaase.
As Neal said: "If a liberal has lost an argument and has absolutely nothing left to say, they will call their opponent a Nazi."
To quote the churchlady from Saturday Night Live: "Isn't that special?"