Ellis Washington’s Absurd Hitler Analogies

The perpetually ridiculous Ellis Washington, who has proven himself to be intellectually dishonest to an enormous degree, has a column at the Worldnetdaily making the absurd argument that the Affordable Care Act will lead to a Hitler-like regime that murders people at will. Look at the fabulous leaps of logic he makes here:

With the official launching of Obamacare on Oct. 1, I ask, who is the real father of universal health care? Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Germany (1871-90), established the world’s first welfare state in Germany. In 1883, von Bismarck established socialized health care in Germany with the Reichsversicherungsverordnung, or the Reich Insurance Act, which was limited to government bureaucrats and the elderly. Bismarck’s institution of socialized health care was designed to co-opt the increasing popularity of Marxist socialism and implement its anti-God, anti-capitalism ideas spreading throughout Europe in the late 1800s.

One aspect of Hitler’s socialist universal health-care model was “racial hygiene,” the removal of certain “undesirable” segments of society who are judged beneath the Aryan ideal, thus “life unworthy of existence,” as Hitler would repeatedly say. Using his brutal panzer divisions, Hitler literally rolled out his universal health care throughout occupied France, Belgium and the Netherlands – those nations with mainly “Aryan” populations. Hitler used his military thugs of the Gestapo and SS Stormtroopers to implement universal health care in those very countries that he desired to Aryanize and perfect by sanitizing the populations through sterilization and medical murder of all persons unfortunate to have physical or mental defects.

Notice the huge leap from Bismarck to Hitler, as though they were the same. Bismarck instituted a partial social insurance plan and then — voila — he’s jumped half a century into the future to an entirely different leader with an entirely different plan, without even a hint of an argument for a causal link.

Of course, I do not contend that Obama is Hitler, but if America foolishly adopt policies of national socialism, then we fail to learn from history the innumerable grotesqueries, inhumanity and genocide of previous nations who tried universal health care. To grant governments this god-like power over birth, life and death issues will be misused, not exactly as it was in Nazi Germany, nevertheless a tragedy for society.

Years before the Jews were sent to the death camps en masse, the initial mass murders of the Holocaust were performed in sanitized German hospitals and the clinical procedures for socialized governmental mass execution were created and developed there under the Nazis Aktion T4 Program. Handicapped, retarded and mentally ill persons were killed by the hundreds of thousands within Hitler’s universal health-care system, including some of Hitler’s own relatives. This genocide was conducted not out of evil intent but born out of medical necessity. Hitler, in his official directives, allowing medical killing, called them “mercy killing” and “lives not worth living.”

This is the inevitable diabolical nature of universal health care. It substitutes natural law for the God-state of government to decide and dictate the right to of who lives and who dies for entire classes of society, as opposed to letting people make their own choices using the free market and private enterprise to secure their own health care. Did Hitler do this because he was so worried about the health of the people and nations he conquered? No, Hitler loved universal health care so excessively that he forced it on occupied countries because it gave him the power and control over entire classes of people to facilitate his ghastly plans of genocide against them. As a leftist and a socialist, universal health care gave him the power to put policy into practice, to socially engineer society according to his own wicked, racist means/ends. With an executive decree, whole classes of people would be eliminated without any judicial due process being required.

Of course, the Affordable Care Act is not even remotely like “socialized medicine.” It’s subsidized private insurance, with a free market for insurance that people will now be able to buy into. But even if it was socialized medicine, so what? The rest of the Western world has had one or another form of national health care for decades and not one of them has turned into a dystopic nightmare that destroys freedom and creates the Fourth Reich. In fact, most of them are much healthier than we are and spend considerably less than we do on health care nationally. As usual, these paranoid, dystopic predictions have been falsified by history but they continue to spout them.

20 comments on this post.
  1. lofgren:

    Really, Ed? Not one? Because I can think of one.

  2. zyxw:

    Sitting here from the Canadian perspective, I don’t think that Obamacare is a great solution to the healthcare mess in the US. It doesn’t go far enough, single payer is the best way to deal with healthcare. However, it is probably the best you could do considering the political landscape in the US.

    And of course the detractors are going to bring up every possible way to compare Obamacare with the most evil regimes ever. That’s what happens when they don’t have a legitimate argument.

  3. John Pieret:

    This genocide was conducted not out of evil intent but born out of medical necessity.

    Because, of course, medical necessity is always decided by genocidal maniacs. Much better to leave medical necessity up to insurance company beancounters and the bottom line!

  4. DaveL:

    Apparently Washington thinks that when people remark that “Mussolini made the trains run on time”, they mean it as an moral indictment of the concept of efficient railway service.

  5. Dave Maier:

    Nooo, he’s not contending Obama is Hitler, not him. But check out the graphic before they take it down ,,,,

  6. rabbitscribe:

    “Of course, I do not contend that Obama is Hitler…”

    New rule: guys like Washington aren’t allowed to predicate sentences with the phrase, “Of course.” That implies it’s self-evident what their point of view is, and nothing could be further from the truth. I would have been no more or less surprised had the paragraph began, “Of course, Obama is Hitler; hence the manufactured birth certificate.” or “Of course, technically Pluto is not a planet. It’s a conifer.”

  7. caseloweraz:

    Shorter Ellis Washington: Of course, I do not contend that Obama is Hitler (he doesn’t have a mustache), but he’s adopting exactly the same [*] Nazi policies.

    [*] Insert your favorite derogatory adjectives here.

  8. caseloweraz:

    Dave Maier: But check out the graphic before they take it down ,,,,

    Yes, that’s extreme. I should have looked at it before I posted my last comment.

  9. dogmeat:

    Bismarck’s institution of socialized health care was designed to co-opt the increasing popularity of Marxist socialism and implement its anti-God, anti-capitalism ideas spreading throughout Europe in the late 1800s

    Basically correct…

    One aspect of Hitler’s socialist universal health-care model…As a leftist and a socialist, universal health care gave him the power to put policy into practice, to socially engineer society according to his own wicked, racist means/ends.

    Ummmm what? Hitler wasn’t a socialist or a leftist.

  10. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden:

    It substitutes natural law for the God-state of government

    Why is it that so many of these demagogues don’t know the difference between “substituting … for …” and “replacing … with …”?

    Learn some Klingon and demagogue on Q’onoS, why don’t you? You’re useless here.

  11. Pierce R. Butler:

    dogmeat @ # 9: Hitler wasn’t a socialist or a leftist.

    That depends on how far to the right you view him from.

  12. howardhershey:

    He is forgetting that most of the “Social Darwinist” (it really should be “Social Mendelism” since it was the discovery of genetics that made it popular) programs of sterilizations, negligent death for orphaned children (in many places 90% of infants left in orphanages died in the first year), the mentally ill, blind, etc., got its start in the good ‘ol US of A. And many ‘mainstream’ Northern churches (those populated by wealthy WASPs) played a role in promoting such sterilization programs based on the Christian idea that there could be no other way to take care of the disabled or reduce the number of poor than by reducing their numbers by sterilizing people blinded by syphillis or gonorrhea or measles, the mentally ill or retarded, epileptics, women with illegitimate children, persistent drunks, etc. Of course there were also the mandatory enrollments with race tags applied in the South (mostly to reclassify Indians as Black) and laws to prevent the immigration of ‘mentally deficient’ Southern and Eastern Europeans and Asians. Also, thieves and bank robbers (but not politicians and embezzlers) were clearly genetically inferior. All done without a sniff of socialized medicine in the air. People were to be divided between the ‘takers’ and the ‘makers’, the “fit” and “unfit”, by use of IQ tests. Poverty was, of course, due to “genetic inferiority.” Those ideas have never gone out of style, despite the evidence.

  13. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne:

    @Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Learn some Klingon and demagogue on Q’onoS, why don’t you? You’re useless here.

    He’d probably make the same mistake in Klingon.

    And it’s Qo’nos.

  14. Hercules Grytpype-Thynne:

    @myself

    Oops. Qo’noS.

  15. Geds:

    Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Germany (1871-90), established the world’s first welfare state in Germany.

    Ellis Washington to the courtesy phone. Paging Ellis Washington. A couple dozen Roman Emperors would like to have a word with you about your egregious lack of historical knowledge.

  16. Modusoperandi:

    So, since HitlerCare is bad, Ellis is for the “Marxist socialism and implement its anti-God, anti-capitalism ideas” it stood against?

  17. theguy:

    If a government is forcibly sterilizing people, and/or killing them (i.e. eugenics) then the gov’t is denying health care to its victims, so by definition it is not “universal” health care.

    “It substitutes natural law for the God-state of government”

    As opposed to Washingshit’s preference: the God-corporation of private insurance companies. Private insurance companies, I add, that before the ACA were the real death panels, cutting off people who couldn’t afford health insurance.

    Right-wingers are perfectly fine with death panels, as they’re perfectly fine with leaving people to die. Their mentality is: Out of sight, out of mind.

  18. felidae:

    If i remembers kerrectly, one of Hitler’s main campaign themes was the need to “take back our country from the traitors” which sounds a lot like the Tea Party

  19. billdaniels:

    First of all, who in their right mind would call Otto von Bismarck a socialist?
    Secondly, the Aktion T4 was shut down because of the protests of Graf von Galen, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Mainz. This shows that the Church could have protested the Holocaust and possible lessened its impact, but they just didn’t care.

  20. dogmeat:

    That depends on how far to the right you view him from.

    Not much potential to go to the right of Hitler, but looks like Washington is there. ;o)

    ———-

    First of all, who in their right mind would call Otto von Bismarck a socialist?

    Actually I wouldn’t say that Washington is saying that Bismarck was a socialist, he’s saying that Bismarck co-opted the socialist position by adopting a health care system. Much like the Democrats adopting a number of socialist positions in the 20s and 30s stole their thunder and crippled them as a significant 3rd party in the US, Bismarck took ideas from the socialists that he found acceptable and limited their expansion in Germany.

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