"Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris. (For all the wrong reasons.) Obama couldn't do it for right reasons,"
-- Rep. Randy Weber, (R-TX) in a tweet about Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940.
Seriously, dude? No, really -- seriously??
First of all, I thought conservatives were supposed to hate the French. Conservatives were the ones who didn't even want to call French fries by that name, but instead Freedom Fries. They wanted to boycott French wines. They even criticized John Kerry when he ran for President, for being too flouncy, too nuanced and too French. I mean, really, you would think that conservative Republicans would be the very first ones to stand up and cheer the President for not going to France as part of the world support for the Charlie Hebdo killings. Or for any reason.
The White House did acknowledge it was a mistake not sending a representative. But I'd have thought conservatives would have hated even that. I didn't think they'd want anybody to go to France. Hey, for that matter, I've always gotten the impression that conservatives didn't even want Americans to go to Europe. And I don't mean just today, I mean at any time -- and I include in 1940. And throughout all of WWII.
(Actually, I've never been quite sure if conservatives want Americans to go pretty much anywhere outside of U.S. borders. Other than Afghanistan and Iraq, that is. This includes not wanting America to have anything to do even with our neighbor, Mexico. And if push came to shove, I would suspect Canada, too. (Far right darling Ted Cruz even denies having been a citizen there. They certainly hate Canada's health care system. And most of Quebec is pretty French.) I've always sensed that for conservatives, Stephen King's story, The Dome, where a force field suddenly covers a town, not allowing anything in or out, was not a horror tale, but rather a pipe dream.)
So, to criticize President Obama for not going to, of all places, France??? Sorry, that's far too hypocritical even by Republican standards.
And secondly...oh, okay, you know the "secondly."
But it's not just the comparison to Hitler. One would have thought that after six years, we were well-passed that by now. Yes, yes, I understand that having a black President still creeps out a lot of conservatives, but after six years, you'd think that simple racist references would suffice at this by now, realizing that overblown pathetic hyperbole really forces your message to get lost in the head-banging. (And history note to Rep. Weber -- it is spelled "Adolf.")
But more than making a comparison to Hitler, Mr. Weber was bizarrely criticizing the President of the United States for not doing what Adolf Hitler did. Never mind that -- I understand that there was no logic in the statement, nor was any logic intended, just a untenable reach to slam the black President and find some way, no matter how insane, to compare him to Adolf Hitler. But what I don't understand is why Randy Weber thought that comparing the occupation of Paris while at war to attending a show of support for peace and conciliation wouldn't make him look like a blithering idiot.
(Okay, yes, I guess I sort of get that, too -- he figures that his base won't get the historical reference, and will only hear the word "Hitler" in connection with the President of the United States.)
But if Rep. Weber really, truly, deeply, madly wants to make Nazi references, perhaps he and other like-minded conservatives who love to throw out the Big Lie just look in a mirror and think of Joseph Goebbels.
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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