What would Hitler Think?

A Republican county clerk distributed to two employees an Internet blog posting referring to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a “young, black Adolf Hitler.”

Johnson County Clerk Jill Jackson said Friday that she had apologized to the employees. One had complained to police.

The employees, who had voted for Obama in the Democratic primary, discovered the printouts at their desks after returning from Labor Day weekend, sheriff’s Deputy Doug Cox said in a police report made public this week. A surveillance video showed Jackson placing an item on one worker’s desk, he said.

It is a measure of how far we have progressed as a nation that we now get black politicians compared to Adolf Hitler.  There is some evidence that Adolf Hitler would not approve of this development, but I believe we should not let allow Adolf Hitler to affect our rhetorical hyperbole — that would be, in a small way, granting Adolf Hitler a victory.

But Adolf Hitler is a paleo-nazi.  And just as we have paleo-conservatives and neo-conservatives and we have paleo-liberals and neo-liberals, we also have paleo-nazis — who, except perhaps for a few lingering in obscurity in Argentina — are all dead–  and neo-nazis — who for my purposes here I’ll go ahead and stitch up in a generic “White Supremist” / “White Nationalist” broad-swarthed category.  The paleo-nazis are silent on who they’d like to see win this presidential election.  The “neo-nazis” have high hopes for an Obama presidency, and are thus gravitating in his direction.:

With the nomination of Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate clinched, large sections of the white supremacist movement are adopting a surprising attitude: Electing America’s first black president would be a very good thing.

It’s not that the assortment of neo-Nazis, Klansmen, anti-Semites and others who make up this country’s radical right have suddenly discovered that a man should be judged based on the content of his character, not his skin. On the contrary. A growing number of white supremacists, and even some of those who pass for intellectual leaders of their movement, think that a black man in the Oval Office would shock white America, possibly drive millions to their cause, and perhaps even set off a race war that, they hope, would ultimately end in Aryan victory.

Rumors that David Duke is for Obama (ala a New Republic piece from earlier this year), with this race-riot thought in mind, have been greatly exaggerated.  But Rocky Suhayda, Chairman fo the American Nazi Party is for Obama.  Erich Gliebe of the National Alliance is for Obama.  Ron Edwards, the Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, is for Obama.    You’ll have to ask Tom Metzger and Bill White yourself.

But I already knew this.

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