House Dem exemplifies New Tone by comparing GOP to Nazis on House floor

posted at 2:15 pm on January 19, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Steve Cohen (D-TN) has merely updated his repertoire on his attacks against the Tea Party and Republicans. Nine months ago, they were the Klan with better fashion sense; now they’re Nazis using the tactics of Josef Goebbels. One might think being the target of a nasty anti-semitic slur and compared to a Klansman himself (by a fellow Democrat in his home district) might have taught Cohen a lesson in civility before the New Tone became the new Ugg Boots on Capitol Hill, but alas, as readers can see for themselves, Cohen still suffers from his chronic case of cerebral-rectalitis.

Will Democrats rush to their podiums to condemn Cohen for demonizing the opposition?

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.

I won’t be holding my breath waiting for the recriminations from his fellow Democrats.

Update: By the way, kudos to ABC for catching and reporting this.


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Will Democrats rush to their podiums to condemn Cohen for demonizing the opposition?

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

No, really.. (snort)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

(tears)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I better stop before I wet myself…

Bruno Strozek on January 19, 2011 at 4:06 PM

If I give you a sheet that says 2+2=5 and tell you you’re forbidden from using anything by my sheet, well amazingly 2+2 suddenly equals 5.

Scumbags.

TheBlueSite on January 19, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Their methods are crude, but effective.
Bcs we’ll always have morons around who swallow lies/propaganda hook, line, & sinker.

Badger40 on January 19, 2011 at 4:07 PM

So is big mouth demonstrating Obamacare’s dental plan. Phone will be used to send video to the gov’t dentist so he can tell you which tooth to pull?

chickasaw42 on January 19, 2011 at 4:12 PM

He’s correct about one thing. The Dems keep telling the same lie over and over and over again and even they start to believe it after awhile.

flytier on January 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM

Hahah.. Politifact: St pete Times..NON partisan??? oh my..Goebbels indeed.

malkinmania on January 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Their methods are crude, but effective.
Bcs we’ll always have morons around who swallow lies/propaganda hook, line, & sinker.

Badger40

yes, you’re correct, but that doesn’t excuse Cohen for replying to them in that unkind manner.

you can’t sink to the level of the people saying all that over-the-top nonsense about the law and compare their lies with those of Goebbels. You
have to repudiate them one by one if you can, while being prepared to own up in the many deficiencies in that mess that was passed.

audiculous on January 19, 2011 at 4:18 PM

If he didn’t use target crosshairs he should be fine.

a capella on January 19, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Maybe instead of doing the two-finger air quotes to identify ironic content, Conservatives should using two-finger crosshairs instead.

ss396 on January 19, 2011 at 4:20 PM

If you want to find people in government with Nazi-like rhetoric, you can start with our NASA laboratory head who thinks our country needs a dictatorship to stop Global Warming.

Socratease on January 19, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Just another reason East Tennessee wants to be differentiated from the rest of the state.

Mini-14 on January 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

ABC News

Truth cutting both ways, Cohen just carved himself a new hole.

Compare Cohen’s rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

maverick muse on January 19, 2011 at 5:27 PM

You know, I really am surprised that the Left decided to play this game… we all know they’re the ones who use the worst rhetoric and will never be able to live up to their new standards. Surely they know that posts like this one by Ed today are going to be a regular feature showing them for the hypocrites they are.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on January 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Ah, this brings back fond memories of a day when the democrat’s go to card was the Nazi Card instead of the Race Card.

Good times.

moflicky on January 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I just read a comment in World magazine by Mindy Belz referring to the murder of Pakistan’s Salman Taseer. (World magazine, January 29, 2011, pg 34) Although she was referring to Islamofascists, her comment applies just as correctly to the Left in this country.

“…”fascist[s]“…do not tolerate individual thought or expression, demand absolute adherence, and will impose it violently (and without regard to other laws) to make authoritarian government the rule.”

As usual, the Leftists in this country have once again displayed their hatred and ignorance.

oldleprechaun on January 19, 2011 at 5:37 PM

I just read a comment in World magazine by Mindy Belz referring to the murder of Pakistan’s Salman Taseer. (World magazine, January 29, 2011, pg 34) Although she was referring to Islamofascists, her comment applies just as correctly to the Left in this country.

“…”fascist[s]“…do not tolerate individual thought or expression, demand absolute adherence, and will impose it violently (and without regard to other laws) to make authoritarian government the rule.”

As usual, the Leftists in this country have once again displayed their hatred and ignorance.

oldleprechaun

that’s a pretty damn ignorant and hateful comparison, old fella, but it’s also a dumb one.

audiculous on January 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Oh, silly goose, that tone thing and civility was just for the R’s. Most of us knew what Obama meant in his civility speech, especially when he gave it the day after personally calling to thank the Dup sheriff.

mobydutch on January 19, 2011 at 6:30 PM

By comparing people to Nazis -who had to be killed to be stopped- Cohen is encouraging people to kill Republicans to stop them.

Civ- meet -ill.

profitsbeard on January 19, 2011 at 6:31 PM

I heard that the Tucson speech was a censorship speech for the right.

mobydutch on January 19, 2011 at 6:32 PM

So, Cohen still hasn’t read the bill? That’s the only way he wouldn’t see the takeover…..
On the other hand, if you can’t read the Constitution, why bother with those boring bills?

n0doz on January 19, 2011 at 7:06 PM

“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.

Isn’t “small-government Nazi” a contradiction in terms”? The Nazis were all about government handouts.

ddrintn on January 19, 2011 at 7:24 PM

Cohen made his comments late last night, but they have attracted no attention because his speech was made to a virtually empty House chamber with no reporters around to watch. by a Democrat.

And Palin’s video was made in her house, I think.

ddrintn on January 19, 2011 at 7:47 PM

The Nazis were all about government handouts.

ddrintn

well,no actually.

audiculous on January 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

It’s funny this guy says this…

…personally the Democrats kind of remind me of the Nazis.

Vegi on January 19, 2011 at 8:06 PM

@ED – it’s “Cranial Rectumitis” :)

One Angry Christian on January 19, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Nu Tone is a door bell maker, not a political ambition.

leftnomore on January 19, 2011 at 9:19 PM

The Nazis were all about government handouts.

ddrintn

well,no actually.

audiculous on January 19, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Well, yeah, actually. They were the heirs of Bismarck, the father of the modern welfare state.

ddrintn on January 19, 2011 at 9:43 PM

He’s correct about one thing. The Dems keep telling the same lie over and over and over again and even they start to believe it after awhile.

flytier on January 19, 2011 at 4:16 PM
Hey, stop it, the conservatives are NOT allowed to say lie.

mobydutch on January 19, 2011 at 10:04 PM

They were the heirs of Bismarck, the father of the modern welfare state.

ddrintn

no. they abolished Bismarch’s social policies as they dismantled and pillaged all the institutions of Germany.

audiculous on January 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

In 2007, Cohen tried to be the first white person to join the Congressional Black Caucus and was told whites need not apply.

More than 70% of the CBC are registered with the Socialist Caucus.

Racism and socialism in his own party. Nazis were racists and socialists too.

Barrack on January 20, 2011 at 5:32 AM

They were the heirs of Bismarck, the father of the modern welfare state.

ddrintn

no. they abolished Bismarch’s social policies as they dismantled and pillaged all the institutions of Germany.

audiculous on January 19, 2011 at 11:26 PM

You don’t even know what the hell Bismarck’s “social policies” were.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 6:15 AM

^ As Jonah Goldberg said, “If you leave out the parts about killing all the Jews and invading Poland, what specifically about the Nazi political platform do you disagree with?”

It was “state socialism”, which the Democrats also profess.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 6:23 AM

The left makes up rules for the right and we eagerly sign on.

They don’t care about the rules, they’re only for us.

mankai on January 20, 2011 at 8:28 AM

“Make theem live up to their own rules.” ~Alinsky

Time to start playing smart, people.

SurferDoc on January 20, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Thanks for the new face of Tennessee, libtard!

STFU.

ladyingray on January 20, 2011 at 9:58 AM

So, can we go back to hateful rhetoric now? I got a serious jones, nahm sane?

princetrumpet on January 20, 2011 at 9:59 AM

You don’t even know what the hell Bismarck’s “social policies” were.

ddrintn

if you think that they consisted of government handouts in the main, maybe you know them but slenderly.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

You don’t even know what the hell Bismarck’s “social policies” were.

ddrintn

if you think that they consisted of government handouts in the main, maybe you know them but slenderly.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 11:27 AM

Unemployment insurance, national health care, high taxes on the rich in order to redistribute wealth — all in an effort to control, pacoify and to make dependent the lower middle class and working class. As I said, “state socialism”.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Unemployment insurance, national health care, high taxes on the rich in order to redistribute wealth — all in an effort to control, pacoify and to make dependent the lower middle class and working class. As I said, “state socialism”.
ddrintn

as I said, you know them but slenderly. the social welfare legislation was not the policy but an aspect of his policy of destroying the Socialists in Germany. The three bills were only a follow-up to the Anti-Socialist Law
enacted a few years before and which hadn’t broken support for socialism.

You were wrong to call the stuff “handouts”, that was not their character and redistribution of wealth to the middle class was neither their effect nor their aim.

The whole idea was to prevent socialism and Bismarch’s policies were hostile to socialism. You’re standing and staring at one tree and missing the forest.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Cohen lies. The dems know it. he knows it. The effrontery of his lies is that he believes that any moral person believes him.

proconstitution on January 20, 2011 at 7:52 PM

The whole idea was to prevent socialism and Bismarch’s policies were hostile to socialism. You’re standing and staring at one tree and missing the forest.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 6:35 PM

The policies constituted state socialism. They also fostered the idea that opposition to the central government was immoral and unpatriotic. Sound familiar? The aim was to blunt the left by providing as much “bread and circuses” as the Social Democrats were promising. The ultimate aim of both was still control.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 8:19 PM

^ You know, it’s sort of like liberal Democrats rolling their eyes when they’re accused of being socialists. “We’re not anti-business or anti-private property; we just think the government needs a much larger role in guaranteeing a higher degree of equity in society.” So are Democrats Bismarckian? I might add that was pretty much the NASDP’s professed attitude as well, especially after the liquidation of the SA in 1934.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 8:27 PM

NSDAP, sorry. The Nazis.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 8:31 PM

The policies constituted state socialism. They also fostered the idea that opposition to the central government was immoral and unpatriotic. Sound familiar? The aim was to blunt the left by providing as much “bread and circuses” as the Social Democrats were promising. The ultimate aim of both was still control.

ddrintn

If those three laws were the entirety of the policies implemented and the laws enacted, you might have a bit of a claim, but they were a small part. You’re ignoring the larger truth and distorting it.
The laws did not constitute state socialism.
Try reading them. The first one was hardly more than a reform of long practice.

As for the idea that they promoted opposition to the monarchy and it’s expansion by calling them unlawful and unpatriotic, I that outlawing the socialists is a fair sign that they were up to that.

And yeah, the object was control. Bismarck was trying to build up a German nation, and yeah, nations and aspiring nations seek control.
That’s part of the definition of governments and nations.

You’re confusing Bismarck’s three laws with many other social laws enacted after he was gone and both different from his and intended differently.

And none of it matched the methods and intentions of the Nazis. The f**** Nazis hated it all and tore it all apart.

You can’t roll Bismarch into Hitler. They don’t match up.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 8:52 PM

The laws did not constitute state socialism.

The social policies instituted by Bismarck constituted state socialism. You just can’t get around it. I didn’t say he was a proto-Leninist.

As for the idea that they promoted opposition to the monarchy and it’s expansion by calling them unlawful and unpatriotic, I that outlawing the socialists is a fair sign that they were up to that.

No, they promoted devotion to the monarchy/central government. That was one of their purposes. To make an obedient flock of dependent sheeple.

And none of it matched the methods and intentions of the Nazis. The f**** Nazis hated it all and tore it all apart.

You can’t roll Bismarch into Hitler. They don’t match up.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 8:52 PM

See above. Public works and armament manufacture leading to employment along with a raft of social spending and programs such as “Strength Through Joy” kept the Germans thinking that Hitler was a messiah. The object of Bismarck, and of Hitler, was devotion to and dependence on the central government. And so I go back to Jonah Goldberg’s question, “If you leave out the parts about killing all the Jews and invading Poland, what specifically about the Nazi political platform do you disagree with?” The Nazis weren’t a bunch of nihilistic-but-laissez-faire types.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 9:13 PM

ddrintn,

how about Bismarck was trying to assemble a German nation and Hitler wanted to assemble an empire devoted not to Germany but to some mystical, mythical Aryan race.

you can’t, for the dozenth time, follow Goldberg’s lunacy and continue to take things that bear some similarities and say that they’re identical.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM

ddrintn,

how about Bismarck was trying to assemble a German nation and Hitler wanted to assemble an empire devoted not to Germany but to some mystical, mythical Aryan race.

you can’t, for the dozenth time, follow Goldberg’s lunacy and continue to take things that bear some similarities and say that they’re identical.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 9:25 PM

Dude, find you some Friedrich Meinecke and read it re: Bismarck and his relation to Hitler. I’d recommend his best-known book, The German Catastrophe.

I’ll repeat my original point: “small-government Nazi” is an oxymoron.

ddrintn on January 20, 2011 at 9:38 PM

I’ll repeat my original point: “small-government Nazi” is an oxymoron.

ddrintn

and there’s not a thing wrong with that point.

I’ll look for the book.

thanks for the talk.

audiculous on January 20, 2011 at 10:38 PM

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