The Obama/Hitler Matrix
By Jerry A. Kane
Mr. Anderson, you disappoint me. On your blog commentary, “Obama is Hitler? Hold on a Second,” you denounce comments comparing Obama to Hitler as substandard, unintelligent, and irresponsible. You further slander the commentators by equating their comments with the left’s mindless ad hominem attacks against the right.
Your commentary misapplies Godwin’s Law, “As an Internet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.” Mike Godwin’s rule does not apply to appropriate Nazi and Hitler comparisons; it applies only to the overuse of invalid ones, for they rob the valid comparisons of their impact. Before you evoked Godwin’s Law, you should have applied the Duck Test, “whereby one can infer the nature of an unknown based upon its outwardly visible traits… even if it is not wearing a label that explicitly states its identity.”
For those who would believe rather than think, truth is not an easy pill to swallow. All I’m offering is the truth, Larrey, nothing more. It’s important to acknowledge the difference between the left’s dream world and the real world. The claims that Hitler and the Nazis were capitalist reactionaries and that capitalism and Nazism were ideologically aligned are outlandish and preposterous. In his book, Liberal Fascism, Jonah Goldberg destroys these myths and explains how Stalinist propaganda advanced the doctrine of “social fascism” to discredit and delegitimize those who opposed Stalinism for being in league with the fascist far right.
It is obvious that Hitler and the members of the National Socialist Worker’s Party or Nazi Party were socialists; albeit, national socialists, but socialists none the less. Hitler opposed the communists for power’s sake, not for statist ideology. The Nazi/Communist conflict was a left verses left battle to determine which totalitarian system would rule, and the Nazis won and took charge of the German left. When it comes to advancing the unlimited power of the state over the individual and society’s means of production, Nazis and communists are soul mates; their genus is the same.
Totalitarian governments are antithetical to liberal democracies that promote individual liberties, private property rights, and free enterprise systems. Totalitarian governments and their leaders are outgrowths of Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, the hideous progeny of socialism. For this reason, the label Fascist or Nazi is applicable only to radical leftist, statist, and collectivist ideologues; the label does not apply to ideologues on the right who promote patriotism, personal freedom, individual liberty, and limited government.
Your, “can’t we all just get along,” plea is a bit late after eight years of incessant Bush-bashing and name-calling. Almost every day since the November 4 election, leftist sycophants and mainstream media propagandists have gushed pathetically over Obama, comparing him to former presidents John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, and even to Jesus Christ. Yet, you and Reason Online’s Michael Moynihan have your hinnies in a huff over some comments and commentaries that draw attention to ominous parallels between Obama’s rise to political prominence and Hitler’s.
For nearly eight years, Bush has been synthesized into the most diabolical, devious, dastardly, idiotic, incompetent, illiterate figure ever to go to and fro on the earth and walk up and down upon it. Progressives and the mainstream media have marked Bush the most hated man in the history of the world. “I wonder how Hitler’s supporters felt when he was the most hated man. Did they realize they were supporting a monster? Were they proud to be contributing to his power? … George is not the first ugly, planetary monster to be created.…[W]e should be studying the destroyed industries, the fraudulently justified actions and causes, the ecological disasters and the lies … that enabled Bush and his malignant predecessors to attain power.”
Now that you have bathed in the stream of progressive consciousness, it’s time to dismount those high horses and examine the rhetoric that you and Moynihan have condemned as “bad taste” and “hysterics on the right” respectively. Understand that I’m trying to free your mind, Larrey. But I can only show you the door. You’re the one that has to walk through it.
The cult of personality and hysteria for a charismatic orator are frightening parallels between Obama and Hitler. Like Hitler, Obama too is a phenomenal political figure, extraordinary in American politics. No American politician has made such an impression on Americans. He receives excessive admiration, adoration, and exaltation from his admirers and worshipers reminiscent of hero worship but with a messianic twist.
In addressing a group of young people in his congregation, Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, said that Obama’s ability to interest them in politics was a sign of messianic proportions. “You are the instruments that God is going to use to bring about universal change, and that is why Barack has captured the youth. And he has involved young people in a political process that they didn’t care anything about. That’s a sign. When the Messiah speaks, the youth will hear, and the Messiah is absolutely speaking.”
Farrakhan is not alone in proclaiming Obama’s messianic eloquence. Ezra Klein, associate editor at The American Prospect, writes, “Obama’s finest speeches … elevate. They enmesh you in a grander moment, as if history has stopped … and … made you aware of its presence and your role in it. He is not the Word made flesh, but the triumph of word over flesh, over color, over despair. The other great leaders … guide us towards a better politics, but Obama is … able to call us … to the place where America exists as a glittering ideal, and where we … seem capable of … sharing in its meaning and transcendence.”
Hitler’s oratory did not just inspire the masses, it elevated them. He was not a politician; he was a demigod, a magical figure of majestic wisdom who would save Germany. The Nazis staged public meetings and party rallies to create a supernatural and religious atmosphere, with Hitler’s entrance more befitting a god than a man. Through propaganda, he projected himself as the Messiah of Germany and cultivated an attitude of infallibility, so the people worshiped him and surrendered their wills to him. An American from Chicago who had visited Germany at the time of Hitler’s ascendance to power observed, “This is not a revolution, it’s a revival. They think Hitler is God. Believe it or not, a German woman sat next to me at the Passion Play and when they hoisted Jesus on the Cross, she said, ‘There he is. That is our Fuehrer, our Hitler.’”
Hitler believed that he was the “Chosen One,” a second Christ destined to lead Germany to glory and institute a new social order for the world. He was convinced of his own infallibility and greatness. As Howard K. Smith wrote, “I was convinced that of all the millions on whom the Hitler Myth had fastened itself, the most carried away was Adolph Hitler, himself.”
Even though John Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton were outstanding public speakers and possessed charismatic personalities, they were never raised to the level of Messiah, nor could they make audience members swoon to the degree Obama does. He seems to exude the confidence of an anointed one and the certainty of a true believer regarding his own greatness. When asked by a television interviewer if he ever had any doubts about his foreign policy experience, Obama replied, “Never.”
Wife Michelle says the real Barack Obama plans to redesign America and to help Americans fix their broken souls. In a campaign speech at UCLA, Ms. Obama told the students that they live in a divided nation whose people are isolated by fear. She went on to say that she was there to let them know that she is married to “one of the most brilliant men you will meet in our lifetime,” and the only presidential candidate “who has a chance at healing this nation” for he understands the need to fix broken souls so that Americans can compromise and sacrifice for one another. Michelle obviously believes in her husband’s personal greatness and envisions him a revolutionary ready to save both America and the planet. “We have a chance, not just to make history, but we can change the world.”
Look around, Larrey, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters, so inured, so hopelessly dependent on New Deal/Great Society socialism that they will fight to protect it, and that makes them the enemy of liberty loving Americans. If you are not one of us, you are one of them.
The commentators are not saying Obama is Hitler, but they are suggesting that a dictator can rise in America and bring about a totalitarian state. And for that reason, when the leader of the free-world possesses a charismatic personality, comes from a socialist background, holds to a progressive worldview, rises to prominence, not for accomplishment, but for grandiose speeches the likes of which have never been heard before in America, is hailed as the nation’s savior by the masses, is admired by leaders throughout the world, and is elevated to the role of Messiah by worshipful followers from every class, race, and gender, it is both reasonable and necessary to wave red flags and sound alarms.
After all, an obvious distinction exists between those who cry wolf but have never seen a wolf or have any idea what one even looks like, and those who cry wolf who have seen a wolf and know exactly what one looks like. I have tried to show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes, Larrey, but it’s up to you to either stay in Wonderland or to start following white rabbits all over again.