Arizona lawmaker calls Obama ‘Der Fuhrer,’ swears she didn’t mean *that* ‘Der Fuhrer’
Arizona state representative Brenda Barton (R-Obviously) recently referred to President Obama as “Der Fuhrer” on her Facebook page. Well, to be fair, she actually referred to him as “De Fuhrer” because knowing how to spell things in other languages is totally unAmerican.
She then did an interview with the Arizona Capital Times in which she defended the comparison by insisting that Hitler got his start by implementing national health care and gun control, and, you know, then came the death camps. It is a story we all know too well.
Arizona Capital Times via ThinkProgress:
“He’s dictating beyond his authority,” she explained, “It’s not just the death camps. [Hitler] started in the communities, with national health care and gun control. You better read your history. Germany started with national health care and gun control before any of that other stuff happened. And Hitler was elected by a majority of people.”
As we all know, no other country has ever instituted either national health care or gun control without death camps immediately following. Certainly not almost every other first world nation on the entire planet. Nope.
Anyway, after being criticized and laughed at for totally Godwinning all over the place, and having people actually call for her resignation given how insulting that was to WWII Veterans and Holocaust survivors, Barton sent out a press release stating that she totally was not comparing Obama to Hitler, also known as “Der Fuhrer,” but just any old “Der Fuhrer.” You know, because it’s a German word for “leader” and other people have totally been called that maybe. She was just trying to add a little continental flair to her writing. And certainly, when she directly compared him to Hitler in that interview, she didn’t mean Adolf Hitler, she meant Kevin Hitler. Totally different guy.
Let me clarify that I never used the word or said that President Obama was “Hitler.” That was a creative assumption of the Capitol Times reporter, who also reported that I referred to our government as a “Constitutional Democracy.” I would never say use that description because, we are in fact – through law and history – a Constitutional Republic.
What I did suggest, rather directly, was that the National Park Service enforcement personnel (referring to them as “thugs” for their reported behavior) were simply following orders of “their leader” – and I used the German phrase for emphasis, Der Fuhrer. I am referencing the President’s behavior as indicated by his actions. The Merriam-Webster New Collegiate Dictionary defines “Fuhrer” as “(2) a leader exercising tyrannical authority.”
You know, here’s the thing — if you’re going to very clearly and publicly insist that someone is Hitler, or say something else stupid, at least have the ovaries to stand by it. Personally, I think it’s an absurd thing to do–no one is Hitler, OK? No matter how much you dislike them. Why? Because establishing national healthcare or paying park rangers overtime is not the same as genocide. It’s just not. You can hate national healthcare, you can masturbate to the thought of uninsured people losing their houses because they got in a car accident, whatever. You can not like the fact that park rangers can arrest people, or whatever you’re on about. But….
It’s not the same thing as genocide. Nothing is the same thing as genocide. Unless it’s genocide. When it’s genocide, and you are being hauled away to a concentration camp as punishment for your outdated views and haircut, we can talk. Until then, it is not only an absurd comparison, it is a deep-cutting insult to the people that have survived it. Because what you are saying to them is “People working at a park, or people getting health insurance is totally just as bad as torturing them or sending them to a gas chamber.” That’s not right.