On Friday night’s Real Time actor/director/writer Rob Reiner contended all the Tea Party needs to match Adolph Hitler is a charismatic leader:
He wasn’t a majority guy, but he was charismatic and they were having bad economic times – just like we are now – people were out of work, they needed jobs and a guy came along and rallied the troops. My fear is that the Tea Party gets a charismatic leader, because all they’re selling is fear and anger and that’s all Hitler sold. “I’m angry and I’m frightened and you should hate that guy over there.”
“Right,” Bill Maher chirped in as Reiner, to applause from HBO’s Los Angeles audience, declared: “And that’s what they’re doing.”
Okay only one major thing wrong with this analogy. "Hitler rose to a place of prominence in the early years of the party (1919 - 1923) largely as a result of his considerable skills in oratory, organization and promotion. He was aided in part by his willingness to use violence in advancing his political objectives and to recruit party members who were willing to do the same." The Germans were facing a time of economic chaos, and the party in power seemed helpless to do anything about it. So the Nazi party, with Hitler as their charismatic leader "offered scapegoats and solutions. To the economically depressed he promised to despoil “Jew financiers,” to workers he promised security."
Now who does that sound like? Like the tea party of which Reiner speaks or of some other charismatic and violent leader, who has found his scapegoat (George W. Bush) upon which he has hung all the evils of the failed economy? Who do we know who is not above using strong arm techniques to get his agenda passed? Who do we know who has promised security to the workers (i.e. the unemployed, the uninsured). Who do we know who has written a manifesto (Mein Kampf vs. Dreams from My Father).
I am sorry Mr Reiner, but the actual Hitleresque leader here is already in power and he is consolidating that power like Hitler did, "the Nazis gathered enough electoral support to become the largest political party in the Reichstag, and Hitler's blend of political acuity, deceptiveness and cunning converted the party's non-majority but plurality status into effective governing."
Do you think the Riener has done any similar research before he made his idiotic statement? Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it, what is the thorn in the liberals side is that the German people did not revolt against their Hitler, like the Tea Party is revolting against our Hitler. We do not want to see another Third Reich take over and destroy our society, the Tea Party movement is not the precursor of the Nazi Party, it is the antidote.