The above video features Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) quoting a recent column by respected conservative columnist and author Thomas Sowell in which Sowell compares the $20 Billion escrow fund set up by BP to help pay for the damages caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to a law passed by German Reichstag that gave Hitler “dictatorial powers.”
To be fair to Sowell, he claims that the BP escrow fund is just once in a series of events that point to Obama’s similarity to Hitler in his quest for “arbitrary power.” I’m not sure what the other events are, but I’m guessing the recently passed health care reform legislation makes the list. Sowell also returns to the bogus charge of numerous “czars” appointed by Obama as more evidence of Obama’s power moves.
It’s disturbing that Sowell of anyone would compare a fund set up to help Americans damaged by the BP oil spill to a law that helped to solidify Hitler’s place in history of one of its worst villains because he has issues with its constitutionality. To add to the drama, Rep. Gohmert quoted from the part of Sowell’s column in which he introduces a reference attributed to Lenin–just in case the Hitler reference wasn’t controversial enough–on the House floor:
There’s a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didn’t vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot. His editorial, um, says here — and it’s just been posted this week — but it says, “When Adolph Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920’s” — and I’m quoting from Thomas Sowell in his editorial:
‘leading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to Hitler’s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions. ‘Useful idiots’ was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.’
And this isn’t in the article — this is my comment — but we do have useful idiots today, who are heard to say, ‘Wow, what we really need is for the president to be a dictator for a little while.’ They know not what they say.
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