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Democrats: ‘Civility’ Means It’s OK for Us to Start Calling Republicans Nazis Again

Posted on | January 19, 2011 | 8 Comments

Disagree with them and you’re a brownshirt:

In an extraordinary outburst on the House floor, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) invoked the Holocaust to attack Republicans on health care and compared rhetoric on the issue to the work of infamous Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.
“They say it’s a government takeover of health care, a big lie just like Goebbels,” Cohen said. “You say it enough, you repeat the lie, you repeat the lie, and eventually, people believe it. Like blood libel. That’s the same kind of thing. And Congressman Cohen didn’t stop there.
“The Germans said enough about the Jews and people believed it–believed it and you have the Holocaust. We heard on this floor, government takeover of health care. Politifact said the biggest lie of 2010 was a government takeover of health care because there is no government takeover,” Cohen said.

Meanwhile, it appears that Sheila Jackson-Lee has shared her “health-care-is-a-right” talking points with John Lewis:

“Well, when you start off with the Preamble of the Constitution, you talk about the pursuit of happiness,” said Lewis. “You go to the 14th Amendment–it’s equal protection under the law and we have not repealed the 14th Amendment. People have a right to have health care. It’s not a privilege but a right.”


In all sincerity, Congressman: To assert that some people have a “right” to goods and services that other people must work to produce — well, there is a phrase for that and indeed, it is mentioned in the Constitution.

Check the 13th Amendment, which abolished involuntary servitude.

UPDATE: Cohen wants to repeal Godwin’s Law or something. Kudos to CNN’s John King for calling him to account for that . . . uh, “blood libel.”


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