Wednesday March 19, 2014, 3:33 am
Here is the forty-second article in our Republicans on Parade series, featuring individuals who personify what the Republican Party has become. Today’s honoree is Republican billionaire and co-founder of Home Depot, Ken Langone. He is so honored for rewriting history to condemn those Democrats, who would level the economic playing field in the US.
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 5:42 am
Well, you've got yourself another fine specimen of Republicus non animus there, TomCat. A perfect example of one who combines greed, egocentricity, sociopathy and dementia into a bad case of misanthropy. In short a true GOP-er.
Ken Langone has only vague idea about Hitler's populism, like most people have, and tries to cash in on the propaganda that Hitler used to get the masses behind him by blaming all the inequality on the Jews. True, a few of them were rich and belonged to the 1% of those days, but the Jews living in the ghettos and the countryside were just as poor as everyone else. As you correctly state, TomCat, Hitler made a deal with the non-Jewish 1%, who were eager to get their hands on the Jewish wealth by any means possible and who supported him in his war efforts too because it brought them even more money.
Langone would like us to think, as a few on your parade already have done, that the 1% are the persecuted Jews of the Third Reich, but in fact they are their Arian 1% comrades who profited from the fear-, hate- and warmongering of Hitler and now profit from the same by the Republicans.
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 8:13 am
The man is, apparently, a self-serving jackass, happy to spread more misinformation.
It appears that Grand Old Party is the wrong wording for the GOP. It ought to be Good Old Propaganda, or some such.
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 8:25 am
As Leonard Cohen wrote:
"Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows "
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 9:11 am
And some of his wealth is by selling unlabeled plants treated with the pesticides that will kill the bees they are intended to attract...one more nail in the coffin his conscience is sealed in.
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 10:24 am
Home Depot's prices are a little lower than Lowe's, but I am just not comfortable shopping there. Has anyone besides me ever had a feeling in a store that it is just not a good place to be? Heaven knows I have enough physical allergies, but this is a felling more like a psychic allergy. Home Depot gives me that feeling. Not one store but the chain. Could Langone's views psychically saturate the stores? I would doubt it, but it would explain it.
I'm not aware of any local store here that carries the same stuff but I need to do some looking around.
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 12:57 pm
I haven't (this includes husband) shopped Lowe's or Home Depot for a decade and not going to ever again tin this lifetime. I do not support Fascists. Hitler was a fascist, not a Socialist, so was Mussolini. Not going to get into that difference of 'philosophy'. At any rate, I buy from local merchants. Yeah, it's higher but the people who own them are NOT mega-filthy-obscenely rich like Herr Langone.
Best way to stop a Fascist is to not buy their products. And UNIONIZE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Their fascination with the Nazi's worries me. I don't believe they're sane. Have you been following the "36 cities dump the dollar" meme? Yikes! No mention of which cities or any attempt at documentation. Dick Morris, a frequent Fox News contributor, has picked it up now. Tin-foil hat conspiracy theories masquerading as news. We're all in such big trouble.
Well, first it was the American wealthy industrialists that gave Hitler power. Yes, he did essentially toss out the Chancellor and replace him with himself, but had the American rich stayed out the people would have early on seen Hitler for the incompetent nincompoop that he was. When people use Hitler to try and make a comparison to anything the argument is lost.
I don't know about others, but I don't think Pope Francis is going to be handing out awards to the super rich that care so little about others they do not even pay taxes.
I think Paul Ryan's comment about poor children needing a lunch program at school because their parents do not care about them deserves the douche of the year award. (comment made at CPAC)
Thanks TC - I don't and will not shop at Home Depot. There is a small privately owned hardware store in town, I shop there. Shop local and buy American.
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 8:35 pm
When I read quotes by these irresponsible republicans.....I have to ask:
What kind of parents did they have?
What social values were taught?
When did they begin demonizing the Poor? The Sick? The Elderly?
When were they taught to deny Social Security to those who earned it? Medicare?
When did they taught that having health insurance was a bad idea?
Wednesday March 19, 2014, 8:37 pm
. . . and to think that my project manager (re home renovations) took me to Home Depot today to pick out some things needed for the renovation (which thankfully is almost done!).
Wasn't it Prescott Bush, and other wealthy Americans, that aided Hitler for economic gain? It seems that Langone knows too much about and is too comfortable with bandying about Hitler and his "accomplishments". Mind, having been born in 1935 and having been a blue collar worker in his early years, he may not have first hand knowledge of the Nazis, he certainly was influenced by older American industrialist like Grandaddy Bush. I think he doth protest too much.
Thursday March 20, 2014, 3:46 am
Thanks all. Kudos to Kitty and Lynn. Prescott Bush continued to provide the Nazis war materials Through offshore subsidiaries, even after the US went to war. FDR had to threaten to impound all his property and jail him to make him stop. No doubt that helped Hitler kill our own soldiers.
Thursday March 20, 2014, 1:10 pm
"Well, first it was the American wealthy industrialists that gave Hitler power." Including Prescott Bush the Nazi father and grandfather of 2 worthless presidents and one of the conspirators in the attempted overthrow of the government under FDR.
Thursday March 20, 2014, 2:32 pm
"In this case, Langone’s claim is a lie. Focus on inequality did not bring Hitler to power. German National Socialism encouraged inequality by forging a partnership the super-rich, who funded their propaganda to generate fear and hatred."
Yeah. Well he's an ass, no doubt. Nor can he document any such tripe. But this bit is a little revisionist too, what made possible the rise of Hitler was the conditions created in Germany by the demands made by the victors in WWI. Those terms were so onerous that they created in Germany, not shame for what they had done, but a slowly building national rage over those terms which impoverished the average citizen and produced an inflationary spiral and dearth of jobs such that the people were willing to listen to anyone who could promise them better times, if not, in the beginning, exoneration. It wasn't long before the cause of WWI was lost on the German people and their horrible economic plight created the national mood that needed hope, of any kind. And Hitler, to the world's misfortune, as well as the 12 million or so people he killed, stepped into that mess with a promise that Germany could and would recover. That he had backers, like Langone, is no surprise. Such has always been the way of tyrants, but the conditions necessary for the birth of tyranny weren't created by Hitler, though they ARE being created here by our 1%. What may come of our situation is yet to be seen but it is growing perilously close to the conditions that existed in post war Germany and pre-Hitler. I hope we are smart enough as a people to identify a despot and not fall for the lies of the likes of Adolph, nor the 1%. We, or at least I, don't want a war to level the playing field in America, but if the 1% don't back the bleep off, they may well yet see a revolution they will come to rue.
Thursday March 20, 2014, 2:34 pm
Oh, yeah, and one more reason not to give a nickel of my earnings, meager as they are, to Home Depot. Nice to know who the real enemy is and these moles keep popping their heads up, just for us to whack. We should thank them for identifying themselves so clearly.
Yep. The reprehensible Treaty of Versailles was concocted for the express purpose of punishment for Germany and profit for the French and English. Though most knew they were creating a tempest, they also knew that given a few years they believed technology would put them way ahead of the Germans. Wrong. Reading about that particular set of meetings and the incredible hubris of the men that were to old to fight and too rich and titled to care about the fighting (and dying) soldiers, should enrage anyone.