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Conservatives still don’t get irony. In this post from Andrew Breitbart’s Big GovMint – Dem Congresswoman’s Supporters Participate in ‘Palin-As-Hitler’ Rally – The far Right expresses some faux outrage that a few demonstrators painted hitler-taches on two of the Right’s holy apostles Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin,

We eagerly await Rep. Halvorson’s condemnation of the hate that was on display at this protest and we expect her to immediately purge from her staff any and all participants who readily accepted the depiction of Beck, Palin and Kinzinger as Adolph Hitler-Like Nazi’s.

We also ask the NAACP and Democratic leadership to condemn these “Astro-turf” protestors as hate-mongers and bigots for likening Ms. Palin to Hitler. ( emphasis mine)

You can only get that kind of reality denying hypocrisy from a wing-nut certified pharmacist – If you thought Christine O’Donnell was bad…

Meet the GOP’s extreme nominee for Delaware’s open seat in the House, Glen Urquhart.  Since Mike Castle vacated the seat in order to (unsuccessfully) run for Senate, the Republicans nominated Urquhart in a tight primary election. A wealthy real estate investor who self-financed his campaign, Urquhart campaigned as a social conservative with the backing of the Family Research Council, Concerned Women for America and the National Conservative Fund, along with Tea Party groups such as the 9/12 Delaware Patriots. Here is Urquhart’s opinion regarding the separation of Church and State, where he misattributes Thomas Jefferson’s quote that the US Constitution creates a “wall of separation between Church & State” to… Adolph Hitler:

Do you know, where does this phrase separation of Church and State come from? Does anybody know? … Actually, that’s exactly, it was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. He was reassuring that the federal government wouldn’t trample on their religion. The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from.  Next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State ask them why they’re Nazis. (all emphasis mine)

Another tea smoking conservative completely ignorant of U.S. history. Typically the Right hasn not had much use for Thomas Jefferson other than a few quotes taken out of context. Jefferson did write,

“Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.” – letter to the Danbury Baptist Association in 1802.

John Leland (1754-1841) was a Baptist preacher, friend of James Madison and supporter of Thomas Jefferson. He wrote, “Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny–the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. It converts religion into a principle of state policy, and the gospel into merchandise. Heaven forbids the bans of marriage between church and state; their embraces therefore, must be unlawful. Guard against those men who make a great noise about religion, in choosing representatives. It is electioneering. If they knew the nature and worth of religion, they would not debauch it to such shameful purposes. If pure religion is the criterion to denominate candidates, those who make a noise about it must be rejected; for their wrangle about it, proves that they are void of it.”

On the other hand Hitler, like Glen Urquhart, did not see there should be separation of church and state,

Just as the Jew could once incite the mob of Jerusalem against Christ, so today he must succeed in inciting folk who have been duped into madness to attack those who, God’s truth! seek to deal with this people in utter honesty and sincerity.

-Adolf Hitler, in Munich, 28 July 1922

In the life of nations, what in the last resort decides questions is a kind of Judgment Court of God…. Always before god and the world the stronger has the right to carry through what he wills.

-Adolf Hitler, speech in Munich, 13 April 1923

People ask: is there someone fit to be our leader? Our task is not to search for that person. Either God will give him to us or he will not come. Our task is to shape the sword that he will need when he comes. Our task it to provide the leader with a nation which is ready for him when he comes! My fellow Germans, awaken! The new day is dawning!

-Adolf Hitler, 04 May 1923

We are a people of different faiths, but we are one. Which faith conquers the other is not the question; rather, the question is whether Christianity stands or falls…. We tolerate no one in our ranks who attacks the ideas of Christianity… in fact our movement is Christian. We are filled with a desire for Catholics and Protestants to discover one another in the deep distress of our own people.

-Adolf Hitler, in a speech in Passau, 27 October 1928

Take the first quote and where it says Jews  and substitute Liberals, Democrats, moderate Republicans, Muslims, Hispanics, gays, etc. and you have an eerie similarity to the spirit of nativism and eliminationism preached by the likes of Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, the tea baggers and, well, most of the conservative movement. Republicans see boogymen everywhere, or more accurately, have a long history of projecting their totalitarian tendencies on a carousel of boogymen.

Jon Stewart Pushes False Equivalence of Left and Right

“Unfortunately, the conversation and the process is controlled by the other 15 to 20 percent. You may know them as the people who believe that Obama is a secret Muslim who planning a socialist takeover of America so he can force his radical, black liberation Christianity down our throats. Or, that George Bush let 9/11 happen to help pad Dick Cheney’s Halliburton stock portfolio.”

But these two groups are simply not comparable in either media coverage or political influence. Code Pink anti-war activists are small in number and impact. While so-called 9/11 Truthers exist at the fringe of both parties, no figure in Congress Democrat or Republican champions their tin foil conspiracy theories. And despite the disinterest from the Obama administration, those asserting that George W. Bush is a war criminal have the Geneva Convention and U.S. law on their side.

In contrast, right-wing extremists and their myths now dominate the Republican Party and its media echo chamber. Polls consistently reveal that half of Republican don’t believe or aren’t sure that Barack Obama was born in the United States. And that fraud is not only perpetuated by the GOP members of Congress, but aided and abetted by presidential contenders like Newt Gingrich. It’s no wonder that almost one in five Americans now believe the Christian Obama is a Muslim, up from 12% in March 2008. As for the charges that President Obama is a socialist, a communist, a fascist and un-American, they come not just from the likes of Glenn Beck, but from Republican stars, including new GOP darling Christine O’Donnell.

I’ve seen a liberal try to do this before. Condemn the extremes on both sides and inevitably fall into the false equivalence trap – see the conservative above. At least as far back as early 2008 we had Barrack Obama as the friend of terrorists socialist Hitler anti-Christ. Now that blogger has a couple of Democrats being over zealous. Major right-wing pundits from Malkin to Coulter to Limbaugh have written books equating just being liberal with treason. This has gone on for years. In the rhetorical wars liberals have been given license by the unhinged Right to reply in any terms they deem appropriate. Sure it would be great as we could all be civil, but that’s not going to happen because demagoguing their opponents is in the Right’s political genes. Besides they know they cannot win a civil debate, they have to appeal to base emotions to get political traction.