America’s first Muslim congressman has recently stepped into controversy by apparently comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler. Actually, he compared the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the Reichstag, which was the German parliament that burned down, supposedly by the Nazis, thus allowing Hitler to seize emergency powers and eventually become the dictator that history remembers him as. It seems that Representative Ellison sees a connection. Is he suggesting that the Bush administration was behind the 9/11 attack so that he could grab more power?
This kind of rhetoric is exactly what we don’t need. Yet, I’m certain you won’t hear any criticism from Left. Far be it for them to criticize one of their own, especially when he compares Bush to the Nazis and even more especially when that person is a Muslim. Representative Ellison is a man of small mind. His comments cheapen history and he should be ashamed. This is conduct unbecoming a US Congressman, well, at least in theory. He was obviously pandering to his audience, a group of atheists who no doubt loved the reference. He could at least be a little more original. I mean, come on, hasn’t the Nazi comparison been a little worn out?
I’m sure if Trent Lott or Mitt Romney made a similar comment about Nancy Pelosi, the press would pounce. But we live in a Leftist world, where the double standard of American politics perpetually applies. We tolerate outrageous comments from people like Ellison because he is a Democrat, and partly because he is a Muslim. He’s allowed to be outrageous, along with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Cindy Sheehan, Rosie O’Donnell, Michael Moore, George Soros, Danny Glover and pretty much anyone in the Latino community (as long as their liberal-minded, of course). Why is hate not tolerated only when it comes from white male heterosexual Christians?
I’m sure there are people who will not only remain silent about this, but will actually defend what he said. I know they’re out there, just wait. If enough people voice disagreement with Ellison, they’ll rear their ugly heads. I call them Demo-clones, those who are so blinded by their hatred of the Right and of Bush that they are completely incapable of recognizing wrongdoing on their side of the spectrum. Alan Colmes is a prime example.
So, I’ll say no more about this. After all, too much criticism of a Muslim Congressman might get me branded an Islamophobe.