Monday, February 18, 2008
Hitler On Ice!
In a rather bizarre news item on BBC today, was a report of a 104 year old Dutch cabaret singer, Johannes Heesters who is beginning his "comeback" tour after being unable to perform since the end of the 2nd World War. It seems that Heesters was quite popuular with the Germans and performed for Hitler and earned millions during the war as a popular entertainer. He was never banned from thge stage, but because of his collaboration, he was booed off the stage everytime he attempted to perform in the Netherlands after the war.It seems that he has lived long enough to see the memory and the outrage fade.
It seems that the evil of the Nazi Era has tarnished with age and the attrocities we have witnessed in the last 65 years have put a veil of respectability over the Third Riech. Their insanity has become banal. We live in an era with Neo Nazi Movements springing up all over Europe and active in America.
The term Nazi and the name Hitler is tossed about with abandon by those who want to instantly smear something beyond their understanding.
The Republican Presidential Candidates seem to be as exciting to the general public as 4 old white guys waiting to tee off at a segregated country club. The voters have responded in kind, witness the lackluster turn out in the Republican primaries.
What do Republican pundits do when faced with this kind of sleepwalking response, especially when they are confronted with the real excitement of the phenomenon of Barack Obama? A real ground swell of enthusiasm, creativity and ideals that seems to be able to cut across class, gender and racial divides? What do they do when they see real passion in a crowd cheering for a candidate that can inspire?
Tom Sullivan of FOX Radio News knows!
On the February 11 broadcast of Fox News Radio's Tom Sullivan Show, host Tom Sullivan took a call from a listener who stated: "Listening to [Sen. Barack] Obama ... it harkens back to when I was younger and I used to watch those deals with [Nazi dictator Adolf] Hitler, how he would excite the crowd and they'd come to their feet and scream and yell." Sullivan replied: "Oh, yeah, yeah ... I presume you're not saying he's Hitler, but I understand your point." Following the commercial break, Sullivan stated the caller "wasn't calling Barack Obama Hitler. He was just talking about how Hitler got the crowd all excited, and Barack Obama got the crowd all excited." Sullivan then stated that he would do a "side-by-side comparison" of a Hitler speech and an Obama speech. Sullivan then introduced the "comparison" by stating: "So, ladies and gentlemen, from the past, a little archive, a little walk down Der Fuehrer's memory lane. Here he is, the one, the only, Adolf Hitler!" Sullivan proceeded to play a clip of a Hitler speech, followed by Obama's February 9 speech at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Richmond, Virginia. Sullivan mimicked the crowd during both speeches, yelling, "Yay! Yay!"
It's pretty obvious that the Grand Old Party of senile white guys see something happening and they don't know what it is and what ever it is, they don't like it!
The video of Der Furher on skates is from Mel Brooks "History of the World" it is the promo for Part 2.