Thursday, May 19, 2005

Santorum: Senate Democrats = Hitler

You just can't make this stuff up:
I mean, imagine, the rule has been in place for 214 years that this is the way we confirm judges. Broken by the other side two years ago, and the audacity of some members to stand up and say, how dare you break this rule. It's the equivalent of Adolph Hitler in 1942 "I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me. How dare you bomb my city? It's Mine." This is no more the rule of the Senate than it was the rule of the Senate before not to filibuster.
That's right, boys and girls. The Right got it's undies in a bunch when one person submitted a commercial to a MoveOn contest comparing Bush to Hitler. Even though the Republicans cried about that for months, Senator Rick Santorum, himself a Right Wing religious extremist, finds it appropriate to compare Senate Democrats to Hitler on the floor of the the United States Senate.

Hypocrites:
In 1996 Clinton nominated Judge Richard Paez to the 9th Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. Conservatives in Congress held up Paez's nomination for more than four years, culminating in an attempted filibuster on March 8, 2000. Bill Frist was among those who voted to filibuster Paez. [2]

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On March 9, 2000, Former Senator Bob Smith (R-NH) issued a press release describing the intent of the Paez filibuster vote the day before. The release says Senator Smith "built a coalition of several moderate and conservative Senators in an effort to block" Paez's nomination. [4] Frist was a part of that coalition. Smith did not organize the filibuster to get more information on Paez (after all his nomination had been pending for four years). He organized the filibuster because he had already decided Paez was "out of the mainstream of political though and...should [not] be on the court"
Let's get this straight: This is a power grab by the religious extremists in control of the Republican party, fueled and supported by it's leader's political aspirations, like Frist's desire for the White House. These GOP leaders would rather destroy the Senate as a deliberative body and rewrite the Constitution in their all of nothing quest for power, rather than do what is in the best interest of the people of this nation.

These are dangerous times, and the rhetoric of hate coming from the Republican noise machine illustrates just how serious this fight is.