Dean Goes Full Godwin

Bradlee Dean isn’t just tipping his toe in the water of Lake Godwin, he’s doing a cannonball off the dock while yelling “the Nazis are coming, the Nazis are coming!” In his latest insipid Worldnutdaily column, he compares America to Germany in the 1930s, failing to stop President Obama’s headlong rush to fascism. “Are we as asleep as the Germans of the ’30s,” he asks.

Just imagine if the Nuremberg Trials, per se, would have taken place at the first unconstitutional acts of Hitler’s wicked regime. Hitler could have easily been stopped in the 1920s with relative ease by the German people who still had the freedom to do the right thing, and did it not.

Instead, they acted as if Hitler had nothing to do with their personal lives.

Friends, as no one took Mussolini, Mao or Stalin seriously at first, many fellow Germans thought Hitler was an average run-of-the-mill wacko who posed no threat.

Horrifically, they were dead wrong…

What does this have to do with America today?

Everything.

It is clear to see that over the last four administrations, America’s government is emulating many similarities – likewise setting itself at war with God, abusing power and trampling on the Constitution.

It’s “emulating many similarities.” That turn of phrase made me laugh out loud. It’s the kind of thing dumb people would write because they think it makes them sound not so dumb. They’re wrong. As for this ridiculous claim of impending fascism, the very fact that he can write such nonsense and be greeted only with our derisive laughter and not by a train ride to one of those FEMA camps that exist only in the minds of wingnuts is proof that he’s wrong.

21 comments on this post.
  1. jnorris:

    At war with God. Really? Just an aside to all you Atheists Warriors out there, do not breathe a word of this to any of the Christian Soldiers that we have iron chariots. let’s keep it a secret, OK? OK!

  2. Nathaniel Frein:

    We might try making a sacrifice to Chemosh. I nominate Bradlee Dean!

  3. daved:

    I suppose the real irony here is that he’s right: the last few administrations have trampled the constitution, especially since 9/11. But I doubt that’s what he’s worried about. I’m sure Dean is foaming at the mouth over Obamacare and “socialized medicine,” rather than targeted killings, warrantless wiretaps, and the like.

  4. Jordan Genso:

    It is clear to see that over the last four administrations…

    So it all started with President Bush (41)? I had no idea.

  5. Gregory in Seattle:

    Unconstitutional acts? Like Bush declaring war without the consent of Congress? Like Bush signing laws and issuing statements saying that he will never, ever enforce? Like Bush demanding — and getting — authority for warrantless wiretaps? Secret surveillance of millions of people whose only crime is being the “wrong” skin color or “wrong” ethnicity or “wrong” religion?

    Be careful what you wish for.

  6. Gregory in Seattle:

    @Jordan Genso – This is what I get for reading the first few lines of extremist bloviation and giving up: I miss things.

    You raise a good point: two of the last four administrations were Republican, very heavy on the devout Christian white male theocrats.

  7. brianwood:

    They’re losing. Social media and the increasing “outness” of atheists (usually a rational bunch) dooms them, and their hysteria (I think, I hope) prove it.

  8. Jordan Genso:

    @6

    My guess is that it’s all related to the mythology of President Reagan that they’ve bought into. That he was “perfect”, and we’ve never had such a great president either before or since. So all of the bad in the country is the result of him no longer being president.

  9. Janine: Hallucinating Liar:

    Could Bradlee Dean even begin to explain how Hitler, Mao, Mussolini or Stalin gained power?

  10. birgerjohansson:

    I recall Reagan raising taxes to bring down the deficit. And I am not even American!

  11. Andrew Cooper:

    Also a common way for people who don’t know how to write to make themselves feel smarter: totally incorrect use of the phrase “per se”.

  12. Michael Heath:

    I enjoyed this book, In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin (my review). It predominately takes place in 1933 – 1934 where the predominant perspective is that of the U.S. Ambassador William Dodd, who was a historian and devotee of the best attributes of Jeffersonian democracy.

    It’s impossible to square the psychological attributes of contemporaneous U.S. conservatism, especially by conservative Christians, with opposition to Nazism; while noting this American group does not currently promote the worst attributes of Nazism but instead explicitly opposes such behavior. But Nazism gave rise precisely due to the rise of authoritarianism that became predominate in Germany by at least the mid-19th century if not earlier (I’m not a student of Germany and therefore don’t know if it predates the mid-19th century through WWII when authoritarianism was a popular attribute in Germany); where authoritarianism is an attribute of politically conservative Christians in the U.S.

    Liberals are effectively checking the worst results in the U.S., with the exception of conservative Christians effectively obstructing policies to mitigate climate change. One of the most emergent and concerning threats of religious authoritarians is now taking place in Putin’s Russia. Where like Franco’s Spain and the U.S. Republican party, we’re seeing the emergence of a few plutocrats/corporatists better allying themselves with theocratic-friendly Christians. It’s not surprising that authoritarian-friendly ex-Soviets would swing to the right side of authoritarianism. The author of the The Dead Hand provided compelling evidence that mid- to late-era Soviet leaders were effectively conservative authoritarians defending the architecture of a leftist authoritarian empire.

  13. Michael Heath:

    daved writes:

    I suppose the real irony here is that he’s right: the last few administrations have trampled the constitution, especially since 9/11.

    Americans, state governments, and the federal government have all been trampling on the Consitution since its ratification. I don’t perceive it getting worse, only progress in some areas, e.g., better utilizing the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment along with better speech and press protections; while regress in other areas – 4th and 5th Amendment policies in the fight against terrorism.

  14. Raging Bee:

    The “Weimar America” analogy is valid (in more ways than I have time to describe adequately today), but it’s not Obama who’s leading us to fascism — the people who voted for him are the ones trying to STOP that.

  15. d.c.wilson:

    Presidents trampling on the Constitution is hardly a new thing. Trail of Tears anyone?

  16. Raging Bee:

    Also a common way for people who don’t know how to write to make themselves feel smarter: totally incorrect use of the phrase “per se”.

    Hitler, I’m told, made similar use of “as such” (“an sich” in the original). Not that interesting per se, but as such, an interesting addition to the Weimar analogy…

  17. Modusoperandi:

    You just wait and see! Soon, we will be teaming up with Stalin to partition, um, Canada!

  18. fifthdentist:

    Couldn’t we team up with Stalin to partition Alaska? Give them the part that includes Palin’s house, so they can see it from Russia.

  19. matty1:

    America’s government is emulating many similarities – likewise setting itself at war with God

    Gott Mit Uns

  20. se habla espol:

    We might try making a sacrifice to Chemosh. I nominate Bradlee Dean!

    But isn’t a sacrifice supposed to be something (or someone) of value?

  21. ospalh:

    Nuremberg

    Bad choice of word. What that city is famous for, apart from the Nuremberg trials and the Nazi party rallys, are the Nuremberg Laws. When you are against people getting married, you should be careful with Nazi comparisons. Especially when they involve that city.

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