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Santorum, Hitler and little history
Posted by: Jon Henke on Friday, May 20, 2005

First, it was Senator Byrd comparing the end of judicial filibusters to Hitler...unfavorably. Now, Senator Santorum steps up to the Stupid Plate...
I mean, imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago, and the audacity of some members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule. It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942, "I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's mine."
You know, aside from the temerity necessary to invoke Hitler for such minor issues, shouldn't everybody involved be thoroughly embarrassed at their thin grasp of history? I mean, Byrd tried to claim that Adolf "Beer Hall Putsch/Sturm Abteilung/Night of the Long Knives" Hitler didn't break the law, and now Santorum is putting words in Hitler's mouth?

Shameful, ridiculous, embarrassing, juvenile, silly, etc. Especially considering the fact that Santorum responded to Byrd's invocation of Hitler with:
Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa., asked Byrd to retract his comments, stating they “lessen the credibility of the senator and the decorum of the Senate.” The Anti-Defamation League also criticized Byrd.
Having said that, I do want to correct one minor error. At TAPPED, Jeffrey Dubner writes...
We didn't bomb Paris in 1942. We went out of our way not to bomb it out of respect for the fact that it was an allied, occupied country.
Well, yeah, the Allies did bomb Paris—a suburb—on March 3/4, 1942, attacking a "Renault factory...just west of the centre of Paris". "French civilian casualties were heavy". US Planes bombed the factory a year later.

This is, of course, no excuse for Santorum's statement, which does not need to be wholly inaccurate to be wholly revolting.

UPDATE: (sigh) There's going to be a lot of this:
[long list of right wing blogs] Not one of these blogs has a single word on Rick Santorum calling the entire Democratic party Nazis. That's how they work, folks. This is how they do it.
Such cries of hyprocrisy would work a lot better if the blogger in question had criticized Robert Byrd when he compared Republicans to Nazis. Which Oliver Willis didn't. Come to think of it, I've noticed a few right of center bloggers criticizing Santorum already, but I don't recall a whole hell of a lot of Lefties criticizing Byrd. In fact, after searching a weeks worth of Memeorandum stories on the Byrd comment, I found only two Democrat bloggers who commented on it, and both defended Byrd.

Sideshow called Byrd's remarks "honest, intelligent criticism of GOP tactics", and TBogg dismissed it, writing "If this is what it takes to get their tighty-whities ... in a bunch, they must have something coming down the pike that they're really embarrassed about."

So, really, I think we can all get along just fine without cries of "hypocrisy" from them.

UPDATE [McQ]: And then there is the revenge of the clueless. Naomi Forner at "The Huffington Post":
Why is Robert Byrd vilified for liking the "nuclear option" to Nazi tactics, but there's not a peep when Santorum says the filibuster is "the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942 (during World War II)," declaring, "'I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city. It's mine...'"
Maybe there really is a reverse parallel universe and she's typing at us from there. Or maybe, as alleged, she's just as clueless as she seems.

UPDATE [McQ]: Jon's post was quoted today on CNN's Inside Politics, on the "Inside the Blogs" segment. Video here. Thanks to the video blog "Crooks and Liars" for the link.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

Willis needs to be a bit more patient (and to expand his reading list). In addition to your criticism, I also had some up. About an hour after Willis’ post, Glenn Reynolds had a post up (and although Oliver will imagine he caused it, he didn’t). Volokh is posting on it.
Written By: Gerry
And here’s another difference. Less than 24 hours later, Santorm has already apoligized.

If I’m not mistaken, Sen. Byrd is still on the clock. Where’s Oliver’s outrage now?!?
Written By: SaveFarris
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Jon, and you are surprised by the hypocrisy?

The funny thing about Oliver is the lengths he went to defend Bryd’s past. You know the past where he was a Grand Keagle (recruiter for the Klan), and took a pivotal role in the filibustering of the Civil Rights leg. in the 60s.
Written By: capt joe
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Re: left wing commentary:
For curiousity’s sake I looked through google and a site’s archives in reference to any denunciation of Byrd’s speech in March.
Unsurprisingly, I found none!
Written By: AlexC
Santorum apologized soon after his comments.

Has Byrd?
Written By: Mark
I originally read a confusing excerpt of this in which I thought Santorum was quoting the Dems, not talking ABOUT the Dems. Now that I have read the whole thing, I have made the resolution never, ever to drink the water in DC. Something is driving these people mad. They are all sounding more like whack jobs by the minute.

Written By: MaxedOutMama
I think MMM characterizes it better: It’s not a "Stupid Plate," it’s a "Stupid Reservoir!"
Written By: Terry Shipman
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Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum - "Not Deliverable As Addressed — Unable To Forward” - aka when representatives are not representatives!

It is said that we the people of the United States have not been represented by statesmen since the 1860s, when politicians began dominating U.S. government. Aristotle wrote, "What the statesman is most anxious to produce is a certain moral character in his fellow citizens, namely a disposition to virtue and the performance of virtuous actions." A politician, on the other hand, is One who seeks personal or partisan gain, often by scheming and maneuvering: “Mothers may still want their favorite sons to grow up to be President, but . . . they do not want them to become politicians in the process” (John F. Kennedy).

Charles DeGaulle said, “I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians.” Somewhere along the line, politicians have forgotten whom they represent, who pays the bills and for whom they are responsible. Politics has become a shell-game of deceit, manipulations, and personal or partisan gain rather than “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union.”

Regardless of promises made, once a newly elected member of Congress arrives in Washington, they adopt the party line. “Throw the bums out” has been the rallying cry of those who believe elected officials deliver occasional pork-barrel projects to the folks back home, while pledging their loyalties first to their party.
Oaths of office are statements of loyalty to a constitution or other legal text, as well as an oath to the state the office holder will be serving. It is often considered treason or a high crime to betray a sworn oath of office. Article I of the U.S. Constitution says, "No person shall be a Senator ... who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen."

Rick Santorum took the Oath of Office January 4, 1995, and was sworn-in as the United States Senator from Pennsylvania. Rick Santorum was born on May 10, 1958, in Winchester, Virginia. In the 1990 campaign for Congress, Santorum ran attack ads criticising then-Representative Doug Walgren for buying a house and living in McLean, Virginia. Santorum appeared to chastize Walgren for representing Pennsylvania, while living in Virgina akin to a traveling salesman. Appearing on MEET THE PRESS September 03, 2006, Senator Santorum admitted that he barely visited Pennsylvania 30 days out of the year, let alone lived in the State in the TWO-BEDROOM HOME. Sure, Santorum is registered to vote in Pennsylvania, in Penn Hills, and both his driver’s license and his car registration are at that address. But the Santorums really live in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Leesburg, Virginia. The only people who live in that two-bedroom house in Penn Hills are Santorum’s niece, Alyssa DeLuca and her husband. How does Santorum claim Homestead Exemption while residing full-time in another state? Did Senator Santorum swear an Oath of Office and violate the U.S. Constitution? Is this a Statesman or a politician’s shell-game?

Today, nearly 1 in 5 American households has zero net worth or actually owes more than it owns; 1 in 4 households does not own enough to support itself - even at the poverty line - for three months. Many of us work all our lives for the basics of sustainable food, clothing and shelter. At least 46 out of 100 senators are millionaires, with the number probably much higher. (It’s impossible to know, because they’re only required to report assets within a broad range.) In a New York TIMES profile, Rick Santorum moped about the difficulty of supporting his large family on his senatorial salary of $162,100. Santorum’s poor children could take solace in the fact their family now owns five condominiums as investments—each valued between $100,000 and $250,000. That is why it is so difficult to understand why Rick Santorum took $100,000 from a struggling Pennsylvania public school district to pay for his children’s “cyber” education program, while residing in Virginia for nearly 12 months out of the year? And when exposed by media, the Senator elected by Pennsylvanians wouldn’t pay back the money, so the Penn Hills School District had to go to court to get it back…at more cost to local taxpayers…taxpayers just trying to make it from paycheck to paycheck. Is this the behavior of a U.S. Statesman or a self-serving politician?

The United States is now more than 200 TRILLION dollars in debt. Our Union appears to be falling apart while Rick Santorum has rubber-stamped tax cuts for millionaires and corporations – for political or personal gain. As Santorum buys more homes and pads his personal wealth, Pennsylvanians’ added debt burden is now annually $9,672 per person to the U.S. bank account. As Santorum voted himself pay-raises four times, he and his family will never have to worry about paying taxes or medication as they are forced to keep working at 65, 70 or 75 years of age – just to make it. Santorum - your representative from Pennsylvania!

Statesmen - usually old and respected leaders with long distinguished careers. Founding Fathers spoke about experience and maturity in decisions involving our country. Rick Santorum voted to prevent Americans from getting just compensation for their pain and suffering caused by medical malpractice over 250 thousand dollars. Then in 1999, Santorum’s family considered it a “private matter” after suing a Virginia chiropractor for ½ million dollars in “pain and suffering.” The Senator said he feared his wife would be unable to help him out much with his upcoming re-election campaign because of her physical limitations and the poor self-image she developed since her back problems changed her life and her daily routine, following childbirth for 1 of their 5 or 6 children. Statesman or politician?

John F. Kennedy wrote in 1959: ’’It is my firm belief that there should be separation of church and state as we understand it in the United States — that is, that both church and state should be free to operate, without interference from each other in their respective areas of jurisdiction. We live in a liberal, democratic society which embraces wide varieties of belief and disbelief.’’ Founding Fathers debated and defined separation of church and state. Is Santorum a Statesman or politician trying to establish a faith-based non-profit empire when he reportedly stated, “government programs to help people in need are almost destined to fail, and that a social worker, a substance-abuse counselor or a nurse receiving a paycheck from a faith-based group, rather than from government, will be more caring and more likely to get results?”

But, Rick Santorum appears to adhere to the Pro-Choice type of Roman Catholicism. Pope John Paul II declared in 1995 that ’’the direct and voluntary killing of an innocent human being is always gravely immoral.’’ (He also opposed the Iraq war.) In March, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops made a renewed call to end the death penalty. Rick Santorum supports the death penalty and Iraq invasion that has killed more than 30,000 civilians. Santorum said, ‘‘I’ve never read the Bible cover to cover; maybe I should have.” If life begins at conception, why does Santorum support abortion due to rape, incest or the life of the mother? Rick Santorum’s personal philosophies sound more like a religious “choose your own” antisocial personality disorder. How many children would Jesus kill?

Harry S Truman said, "A politician is a man who understands government.” Statesmen were said to be revered individuals, knowledgable and educated. Rick Santorum has run government like a small town WHERE’s WALDO football game on an international playing field. Santorum’s synopsis of the Islamic Crusades, crazy theories of finding those 20-year-old ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that were considered less toxic than most things that Americans have under their kitchen sink, and supporting surveillance of 80-year-old US grannies-for-peace in the name of U.S. “intelligence” should be evidence enough that voters should throw this bum out! Voters are asking if this politician is dishonest or just not capable of understanding government?

Statesmen prior to 1860 worked for the common good of the people – not political or personal gain. Politicians like Rick Santorum are always telling us they can be trusted to spend our tax dollars wisely. Yet today’s record federal budget deficit tells a very different story. The damage so-called Rick-Santorum types have done to our federal Treasury borders on obscene. Santorum was Campaign Chairman of the Bush-Cheney re-election efforts in Pennsylvania. Santorum founded the most powerful political action committees that raised funds for Republican candidates…while accepting rides to fundraisers on corporate Wal-Mart jets with Outback Steakhouse executives so Santorum could vote to exclude restaurant workers from minimum wage and try to end overtime pay beyond the 40-hour work week. Santorum meets weekly with special interests’ sewing circle of lobbyists. Statesman or politician? Follow the money!

Just as money can’t always buy happiness, it can’t necessarily buy you an election either. Santorum decries government "handouts" for the poor, but then bemoans the lack of "support" given by the Government to large families in the form of "tax breaks.” Santorum advocates less government spending but has voted to increase U.S. debt to its current 200 trillion from a government surplus in 2000. Santorum waves his American flag and shouts “Stay the course,” rubber-stamping crazy theories after stirring up a beehive in their war of choice.

Richard Santorum’s rigid beliefs and grandstanding without conventional statesman-like wisdom leaves most people scratching their heads after he leaves a room. Virginia-born Italian-American Santorum has no farther to look than his own political party when it comes to aiding Hitler. Some claim the Bush family fortune was made by George W Bush’s grandfather, who had part of his business seized for TRADING WITH THE ENEMY - HITLER. Reportedly, the Bush family profited from supporting Adolph Hitler with Weapons of Mass Destruction to kill millions of people (Hebrew). The records show that Bush and the Harrimans conducted business after the war with related concerns doing business in or moving assets into Switzerland, Panama, Argentina and Brazil - all critical outposts for the flight of Nazi capital after Germany’s surrender in 1945. Discovery of the Bush-Nazi documents raises new questions about the role of Prescott Bush and his influential business partners in the secret emigration of Nazi war criminals, which allowed them to escape justice in Germany and raises questions about the importance of Nazi recruits to the CIA in its early years, in what was called Operation Paperclip, and Prescott Bush’s role in that dark operation. More recently, Santorum doesn’t appear to concern himself with George HW Bush’s providing WMDs to Saddam and Osama bin Laden in the 1980s. Why did Santorum forget to announce that Saddam’s found 1980s mustard gas was compliments of Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, et al? Statesman or politician?

Santorum claims he is a member of the Roman Catholic faith, but only abides by parts of the religion as he attends services in Virginia. Santorum believes individuals shouldn’t be able to sue for more than 250 thousand in medical malpractice, until his wife suffered back injury. Santorum’s political loyalty forces him to pounce on the very foundations of our U.S. government likening political filibuster to “laying down” to Hitler, while somehow neglecting to mention the Bush and Schwarzenegger family roles in aiding Hitler’s slaughter of millions by Hitler Nazism. Santorum needs to learn it was Bush and Donald Rumsfeld who appeared unfazed when Saddam used U.S.-supplied mustard gas to kill 1,000 Kurds during Bush I’s administration. Santorum needs to look no farther than his own political mirror to blame a party’s loyalty to terrorists and “bad guys.”

Rick Santorum said he believed in term limits. At least that’s something we could agree on. Maybe, Richard Santorum could use his PAC money to run for office in Virginia… his full-time residence! I might even volunteer to help him. Don’t let the Keystone-state door hit you on the way out!

signed by a real Pennsylvanian,
D Marie

*Five Santorum children have been home-schooled at their house in Leesburg, Va., through the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School, an education paid for by the Penn Hills district at a cost of $38,000 a year, until it became apparent that they don’t live in Penn Hills. The two-bedroom house at 111 Stephens Lane in Verona, PA, that the Santorum children called home for education purposes and that gives Mr. and Mrs. Santorum the right to vote in Pennsylvania lacks an occupancy permit. And the property tax break from the homestead exemption claimed by the Santorums on the Penn Hills house is allowed under law only if the dwelling is their "permanent home."

*Sen. Santorum and his wife claim to pay taxes on the house at 111 Stephens Lane in Penn Hills, PA., although this article suggests that Santorum is habitually delinquent in paying his local property and, ironically, school district taxes.

*The Santorums also use the address for voter registration, but so do two other people, Bart and Alyssa DeLuca, both 25, according to Allegheny County records and are Sen. Santorum’s niece and nephew.

*On Feb. 24, a day after announcing progress with a bipartisan group of senators on drafting a reform bill, Santorum left Leesburg on his 11th flight, courtesy of Comprehensive Logistics LLC, a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans of Tampa, Fla., one of 10 companies chosen last year to sell Medicare prescription drug plans nationwide. (see his election contributor list!)

*Santorum took a BellSouth plane from a runway near his home in Leesburg, Va., to fund-raising events in North Carolina and South Carolina. The jet ferried Santorum, two aides and Ward White, BellSouth’s top Washington lobbyist.
Santorum paid $6,955 - first-class rates, as Senate rules require, but a fraction of what it costs to operate the plane. ’I think most people see me as someone who doesn’t put his finger in the air and does what a lobbyist who comes into my office wants me to do," Santorum said.
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