Friday, March 04, 2011

Sherrod Brown (D-imwit): Dismantling Public Sector Unions Reminds Me of Nazi Germany

Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat Senator from Ohio, played the Nazi card yesterday in vilifying efforts to rein in public sector unions (which, by the way, didn't even exist in this country until the fifties).

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio invoked Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin while sounding off on union battles with state lawmakers in his state and in Wisconsin.

"I look back in history, in some of the worst governments that we had, you know the first thing they did, go after unions, Hitler didn't want unions, Stalin didn't want unions, Mubarak didn't want unions, these autocrats don't want independent unions," Brown said Thursday during a speech on the floor of the Senate.

Aside from complete factual inaccuracy -- the Nazis created their own party-linked unions with required membership if you wanted to work (just like collective bargaining!) -- Brown misses the larger point. Democrats want larger, centralized, more authoritarian government. Democrats want mandatory union membership, whether workers want it or not. Democrats want one-size-fits-all employment regimes with seniority, and not merit, dictating wages. Democrats want state-controlled industrial policy, from health care to energy to insurance to banking to automobiles.

Now, Sherrod -- if that is your real name -- I couldn't help but notice:

In July of 2008, Jim Lindren noted a peculiar couple of sentences in a Barack Obama speech captured on videotape.

In Barack Obama’s July 2, 2008 speech calling America to national service, Obama proposed “a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as our military... This has prompted some in the blogosphere to raise the specter of a huge new domestic paramilitary organization. Others suggest that he may have been talking about our “current non-military security agencies...

He said: "We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."

Curiously, the official transcript of the speech omitted those last two sentences.

What say you, Sherrod?


Anonymous said...

You may want to sit through the 190minute documentary The Wonderful and Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl, it contains some of her old footage, including a Hitler speech during which he said that he would be the agent for "hope and change." It was pretty unsettling to watch.

Anonymous said...

Even tho I lived thru ww2 as a elementary school student, I watch a lot of documentaries on the formative years of the Nazi era. It bothers the hell out of me to notice the similarities between the Hitler era and the Obama era.
Hitler had the SA and the SS. Obama has the SEIU and the AFL-CIO. Hitler visited his childhood home in Austria and was lovingly sung to by school kids. A Obama "worshipping" teacher has her kids sing an ode to Obama, mmm mmm mmm.
Hitler got in with the promise of jobs, etc, etc, etc. Obama has , according to him, created thousands, if not millions, of jobs.
Try watching one of these documentaries and notice the similarities.