Monday, July 16, 2007

A Disgrace

It's almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that. . . .After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.
Rep. Keith Ellison, speaking on subject of 9/11 to a conference of atheists, (quoted in Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2007) ([brackets] in original).
Representative Keith Ellison (D-Minn), among other things the first Muslim in the US House of Representatives, has compared the Al Qaeda 9/11 attacks on the United States to the Reichstag fire. (Video here). The Reichstag fire, in which the German parliament building was (probably) burned by the Nazis, allowed the Hitler government to justify the suspension of civil liberties under the Weimar Republic constitution, and the assumption by Adolf Hitler of emergency powers in Germany.
Mr. Ellison, the UK Daily Telegraph story reported: "said he would not accuse the Bush administration of planning 9/11 because 'you know, that's how they put you in the nut-ball box -- dismiss you.'" So rather than just coming out and saying that Bush planned 9/11, he'll just get where he wants to by implication, by dropping references to the Reichstag fire. Mr. Ellison's little homily hints (but is careful not to say) the Bush administration is the equivalent of the Nazi Party, and that President Bush is none other than Bushhitler.
For a United States Congressman to compare, even by implication, the responses of the freely and constitutionally elected President of the United States to an attack on this country by foreign terrorists to the Reichstag Fire is an disgraceful abomination and an outrage. Shame on the demagogic Mr. Ellison; shame on the people who put him in Congress; and shame on the Democratic Party if they do not expel him from the House of Representatives forthwith.


louielouie said...

this is nothing more that another item to go in the "this would have gotten his a-s kicked 50 years ago" column.
all he's trying to do is lay the framework for his run at the white house
is 2008 too soon?

El Jefe Maximo said...

You're quite right about the column this ordure belongs in, and we're the poorer as a people that more of us don't reflexively understand where it belongs. All the more reason that such statements receive the outrage they deserve.

On a political level: sure, it'd be nice to see the Evil Party make him their convention keynote speaker or something. On the other hand, I find Rep. Ellison's comments so distasteful and disgraceful that I think it would be horrible for the country to give him such public prominence.

louielouie said...

i went back and re-read my previously re-read re-read after having initially read this.

this jumped out at me:

Mr Ellison also raised eyebrows by telling his audience: "You'll always find this Muslim standing up for your right to be atheists all you want."

please note, he does not refer to himself as an american or US representative. he is a muslim.
wait until we get 50 wack jobs like this one in congress.

El Jefe Maximo said...

Yeah, I thought that the defending the right to be atheists comment was interesting on a lot of levels. For one thing, I have not heard the Quran or Koran is notably kind to disbelievers,(see Quran 2:39).