Larry Elder

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who dared to rein in excessive public employee compensation packages, received the full Nazi treatment. The hard-left blog Libcom.org wrote: "Scott Walker is a fascist, perhaps not in the classical sense since he doesn't operate in the streets, but a fascist nonetheless. ... He is a fascist, for his program takes immediate and direct aim at (a sector of) the working class ..."

This brings us to the recently concluded Republican National Convention. California Democratic Party Chairman John Burton offered this analysis: "(Republicans) lie, and they don't care if people think they lie. As long as you lie, (Nazi propaganda minister) Joseph Goebbels -- the big lie -- you keep repeating it."

In dismissing Republicans' concern over the possibility of voter fraud, Pat Lehman, a leading member of the Kansas delegation, told The Wichita Eagle: "It's like Hitler said, if you're going to tell a lie, tell a big lie, and if you tell it often enough and say it in a loud enough voice, some people are going to believe you."

Next up, we have the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. Dick Harpootlian compared the state's Republican governor to Hitler's mistress. When told that the Republicans were holding a competing press conference at a NASCAR Hall of Fame basement studio, Harpootlian told the South Carolina delegation: "(Gov. Nikki Haley) was down in the bunker, a la Eva Braun."

How casually Democrats make Hitler-Nazi-fascist references to demean their political opponents is astonishing. By calling political opponents "fascists" because of policy disagreements, Democrats trivialize a regime responsible for exterminating 6 million Jews in a war that resulted in the deaths of over 50 million people.

Where does this cavalier Nazi talk take us?

In 1994, schoolteachers in Oakland, Calif., took 70 mostly black high school students to see "Schindler's List." Some of the kids began laughing during a scene where a Jewish woman was mercilessly killed. In a Los Angeles Times opinion piece called "Why Would Anyone Laugh at 'Schindler's List'?" a theater employee wrote: "A three-hour-plus film in black and white about the Holocaust may not be everyone's choice, but those who decide to view it must be prepared and understand. I find it hard to believe kids today are so desensitized to violence that when they see the strange convulsions of someone who's been shot, their first instinct is to laugh. If one of their friends was gunned down on the way home, would they stand there and burst into laughter at the way he/she died?"

This Oakland students/"Schindler's List" disconnect is aided and abetted by leftists like Gore, Bond and Burton who shout words like "Nazi" or "fascist" or "Hitler" at conservatives.

And, no, it appears they have no shame.

Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit www.LarryElder.com. To read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

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Larry Elder

Larry Elder is a best-selling author and radio talk-show host. To find out more about Larry Elder, or become an "Elderado," visit www.LarryElder.com.