Palin: What Would Hitler Do? Create BP Gulf Victims Fund
June 25, 2010
(ChattahBox)— Half governor Sarah Palin, in 140 characters or less, just went there. She offensively compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler, because he negotiated a $20 billion escrow fund to compensate the victims of the Gulf Coast disaster, caused by a foreign corporation’s negligence. She took to her Twitter account directing her brain dead followers to a controversial article by Thomas Sowell, entitled “Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?” The article likened the BP victims compensation fund to the “German Reichstag’s” Enabling Act, which “gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people — indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.” Classy, real classy.
Palin’s Twitter post compared the BP victims compensation fund to an “unconstitutional” overreach of executive power by President Obama:
“This is about the rule of law vs. an unconstitutional power grab. Read Thomas Sowell’s article,” wrote Palin.
Previously, she rallied her GOP troops, who have been rightfully cast as defenders of big oil, after Rep. Joe Barton articulated the Republican views on the BP disaster, by apologizing to BP CEO Tony Hayward, calling the fund a “slush” fund and a “shakedown.”
“GOP: Don’t let the lamestream media suck you into “they’re defending BP over Gulf spill victims” bs, wrote Palin.”
So, let’s recap, a foreign corporation causes one of the worst environmental disasters in our nation’s history and the company, BP, agrees to set aside funds to compensate the victims on the Gulf Coast for their losses, and that somehow makes President Obama akin to the insane mass murderer and dictator Adolf Hitler?
Sowell’s odious piece goes on to argue that President Obama is setting the stage to become a tyrannical dictator and that the BP escrow fund is just the tip of his Hitleresque iceberg:
“That power will of course not be confined to BP or to the particular period of crisis that gave rise to the use of that power, much less to the particular issues.” [...]
“Those who cannot see beyond the immediate events to the issues of arbitrary power — vs. the rule of law and the preservation of freedom — are the “useful idiots” of our time. But useful to whom?”
Palin was not the first conservative to draw inspiration from Sowell’s Nazi Germany rant. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), a clownish right-wing lawmaker, took to the House floor this week to read from Sowell’s article, calling the writer “brilliant.”
It’s interesting, that as Republican leaders seek to distance themselves from Barton’s apology to BP, they can’t escape the fact that the majority of their caucus, including right-wing pundits such as Palin and Rush Limbaugh, cheered on by Fox News, believe that big oil corporations should be free to operate without regulatory oversight. And they continue to side with BP against the American people.
Palin’a bizarre embracing of the Hitler, Nazi Germany analogy is beyond the pale.