More Obama/Hitler references.

A billboard ordered and paid for by the North Iowa Tea Party shows President Barack Obama, Adolph Hitler, left and Vladimir Lenin, on South Federal Avenue in Mason City, Iowa, July 12, 2010.

They’re back.

The comparisons between President Barack Obama and Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler, which were on display during last year’s health care reform debate, have resurfaced.  This time, a Tea Party billboard in Iowa has compared our president with Hitler and former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin.

Here’s an open letter I wrote last year.  Unfortunately, the call to stop such comparisons are still necessary.

What do you think?


5 responses to “More Obama/Hitler references.

  1. Facebook has allowed me to gain a better understanding of US politics and what iv learnt and seen has been quite shockin. I think it all boils down to education….these ads prey on a large number of ignorant and naive citizens. The word socialism gets waved around and these people are scared/angered havn no idea of the concept and its nunerous applications, they are spurred on to serve the right-wing agenda without having the ability and knowledge to question why. Its amazn how well fear tactics work in the USA. Why?

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Vishan, for your comment and question. I wish I had a better answer to your question, and I look forward to hearing what others think.


  2. What really burns my ass, on top of the heinous insult to the millions of people that Hitler murdered, is that the common thread of atrocity and genocide isn’t socialism by any stretch—it’s authoritarianism and nationalism, two abhorrent traits that the Tea Parties are rife with. They never mention Suharto, the right-wing dictator who slaughtered hundreds of thousands in Indonesia during the 60s, or Pinochet, who murdered, tortured, and “disappeared” countless innocent Chileans in the process of evangelizing the very same economic policies that Beck and Limbaugh swoon over. Both of whom were put in power by direct US intervention, along with a host of other right-wing extremist dictators across the globe.

    I agree with Vishan that education is the cure for this. Not only education that provides an inclusive, impartial perspective of history, but also education in the development of critical thinking skills that empower the questioning of authority before it runs rampant—before atrocities can happen.

    • jeffkellylowenstein3

      Thanks, Arno, for moving the conversation forward and giving us some historical perspective.


  3. I was going to suggest that you and I and Jon drive out to Mason City, but fortunately, the billboard is gone. And even the Mason City bowling alley has refused to rent a room to the North Iowa Tea Party in the future. Sounds like the bowling alley got a lot of calls about renting the room, etc. A good sign at the grassroots level I hope, and an example that we have to make a “hard witness” to such fanaticism, etc.

    The Des Moines Register covered the story. The article felt compelled to explain to its audience who Hitler and Lenin were – no joke. The explanation is frighteningly superficial. Jeff, read the article on-line (July 14), and I encourage you to send your open letter to the Register as a way to broaden the discussion shall we say.

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