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April 08, 2007

Tom DeLay Has Lots More To Say About Why Liberals Are Like Hitler

You may remember that in Tom DeLay's new book, he compares liberals to Hitler. Why? Because he was prosecuted for violating campaign finance laws. (If I understand the history correctly, this is precisely what Hitler did to his enemies.)

It turns out DeLay is eager to stand by and amplify on these remarks. Here he is being interviewed by David Goodman of the show "You Are Here" on Emerson's radio station WERS today:

Listen (mp3)

DELAY: I am so outraged by this whole criminalization of politics. It's not good enough to defeat somebody politically. It's not even good enough to vilify somebody publicly. They have to carpet bomb you with lies and made up scandals and false charges and indicting you on laws that don't exist. ... It's the same thing as I say in my book, that the Nazis used. When you use the big lie in order to gain and maintain power, it is immoral and it is outrageous...

It's the same process. It's the same criminalization of politics. it's the same oppression of people. It's the same destroy people in order to gain power. It may be six million Jews. it may be indicting somebody on laws that don't exist. But, it's the same philosophy and it's the same world view.

About Nancy Pelosi's trip to Syria—which supports "the Hezbollah" and "the Hamas":

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DELAY: Well, it's pretty outrageous. I think she's about to become the Jane Fonda of the War on Terror. I'm just happy she didn't take pictures with missiles or IEDs...

It's just outrageous that the third ranking constitutional officer in the United States is meeting -- number one with the dictator of a terrorist state that is known to support the Hezbollah, the Hamas and people killing American soldiers. And the important thing is undermining and confusing the message to the Middle East and to the world as to where the American people stand. She doesn't speak for the American people. She speaks for her district in San Francisco and for her colleagues that put her in as speaker. I have never witnessed such a thing in the history of the United States where this has happened. It's incredible. It's outrageous.

DeLay on why "the left" isn't patriotic, and Democrats are helping to "kill more Americans":

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DELAY: I looked up the definition of patriotism. It's the love, support and defense of one's country. And it's the devotion to that love, support and defending one's country. And when someone is out aiding and abetting the enemy by telling them our strategy, by undermining our people standing at the bottom of the Pentagon calling it the chamber of death and that we export death and destruction and that we ought to destroy the Pentagon. That is not patriotism by definition.

GOODMAN: Were you referring there to an extent to the Democrats referring to withdrawl dates?...

DELAY: Yes. They are aiding and abetting the enemy by telling the enemy your strategy. Do you think the enemy's going to say well don't tell me that I don't want to know it so I can't. Yeah, when you tell them what you're going to do and you reveal what you are going to do and you send the message what you are going to do. They can design their strategy accordingly. And they can kill more Americans.

It's a very sad thing this man is no longer Majority Leader of the House of Representatives.

(Many thanks to David Goodman for sending this around.)

Posted at April 8, 2007 07:21 PM | TrackBack

Is Tom Delay implying that 6 million Jews violated campaign finance laws?? That's so antisemitic!

Posted by: Bernard Chazelle at April 8, 2007 08:24 PM

Actually getting rid of the Pentagon is a pretty good idea. It is interesting that DeLay sees himself as a patriot because that would make up for so many things that he has done. And of course part and parcel of the military worship that pervades all things in America it is part of the course to bring up supporting the troops. Ooh, don’t say anything bad about the troops, it is taboo. I am not sure just which liberals DeLay is talking about because there don’t seem to be any as after all, Pelosi broke most of her promises by giving lip service to ending the war and then continuing to fund it for the next eternity so DeLay ought to be in love with Pelosi. When it comes down to it when you are caught between people like DeLay and Pelosi there is not much chance of any kind of meaningful change occurring. DeLay’s verbal attack on the democrats may be ludicrous but it does not change my view of the democrats who regained congress on the assumption they would really and truly stop the war and then backed down. Right now it seems that Hillary is the front runner for the democrat nominee yet she fully supports continuing in Iraq and fully supported the raids on Lebanon and Palestine by Israel. Things do not look good for the future, not at all.

Posted by: rob payne at April 8, 2007 09:27 PM

that's ridiculous. some of my best friends break campaign finance laws. i'm no bigot!

Posted by: hibiscus at April 8, 2007 10:05 PM

As long as he doesn't write His Kampf while he's in prison.

Posted by: Pastor Doodah at April 8, 2007 10:34 PM

This poor victim of a man, derailed by vicious liberal campaign finance laws. Like Napoleon or Alexander or Swaggert, he is a great man brought down in his prime by the forces of lesser peopel. I wonder why a war supporter like Pelosi is giving away our strategy by talking to the Hezbollah and the Hamas. Maybe she doesn't care who dies as long as somebody does. I won't vote for that woman for president unless she promises to invaed tow more countries.

Posted by: Save the Oocytes at April 9, 2007 12:21 AM
it may be indicting somebody on laws that don't exist.

Tom, Tom, you should be basking in this. It's actually quite an achievement. Most observers I've heard from have said that it's damn near impossible to break campaign finance laws in Texas and yet you managed.

What a slimy, disingenuous creep.

Posted by: damnedyankee at April 9, 2007 12:45 AM

Why does anyone listen or read anything Tom DeLay has to say/ He is a criminal who lied and cheated the American people,
who should be in prison, not being quoted as if he has something important to say!

Get real, DeLay! You represent the worst of politics, scandals, rip offs, kick backs, sneaky deals, and just plain lies.
I don't care what he thinks, he's a convicted criminal who should be making license plates somewhere.

Posted by: Linda Carpenter at April 9, 2007 12:43 PM

Well, well, well.
Ignorant redneck really is ignorant of German history.

Who cares? The Republican party and its "neo-conservatism" are losing in popularity.

As a German-American "liberal", I take an Alfred E.Neumann "what me worry" attitude towards out of power, semi-psychopathic idiots like DeLay.

The weaker he gets, the more hysterical his remarks, the more repulsive to people of the democratic center

The center is where it is at. Thanks to DeLay, and others, the Republican party is losing the center, and thus creating its own demise from power. "Liberals as Nazis". Good one, DeLay, do keep running your mouth.

In Germany, his comments count as "nicht nur lächlerlich sondern krankhaft." We are passing his comments around in Europe for a few laughs.


Posted by: kdoeirng at April 9, 2007 01:06 PM

Now that he's a nobody, he figures he can get rich by becoming the male equivalent of Ann Coulter. He needs to make outrageous statements just to get attention. It's sad when everyone stops paying attention to an egotist, he and Ann should get a room and invite Foley over, I hear they are all sex freaks anyway, just like most devout christian homophobes.

Posted by: phillyfan at April 9, 2007 05:17 PM

It seems that Delay has confused patriotism with nationalism and defending ones country with attacking another. I wonder if there could some historic precedent for this kind of thinking. Perhaps in Germany in the 1930s?

Posted by: not funny at April 9, 2007 06:56 PM

naw, he's confused "the country" with "the government". !viva la gingrich revolution!

Posted by: buermann at April 9, 2007 07:42 PM

Tom Delay only proves with every passing day how ignorant he is. His ignorance of history is stunning, his ignorance, most likely willful, of the Republicans meeting hith the Syrian President at the same time is laughable, and his attempts to come off as patriotic while under indictment for the real criminalization of politics, is pathetic.

And clowns from the lower 36%ile still believe him!

Posted by: Rob at April 9, 2007 07:54 PM

I looked up the definition of patriotism. It's the love, support and defense of one's country. And it's the devotion to that love, support and defending one's country.

Now, remind us again, Mr. DeLay, about your patriotic service in the Vietnam War...

What's that?

Speak up--- we can't hear you!

Posted by: Worst. President. Ever. at April 9, 2007 08:22 PM

oh, i said he was transparently vain, and instead he's vainly transparent. my bad.

Posted by: hibiscus at April 9, 2007 08:24 PM

What is there about being a pest exterminator that would make him an expert on foreign policy, social justice public finance, etc.

He's doubtless an embarrassment to the Texas Society of Bug Whackers.

Posted by: Rosco at April 10, 2007 02:08 AM

I have just read William L. Shirer's masterpiece, "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany" and was stunned by the similarities with what's happened in my country over the last six years. DeLay might love his country, but he sure hates his fellow Americans. He is the personification of "The Big Lie." I am not blinded by the sparkle off his teeth.

Posted by: Merry at April 10, 2007 12:40 PM

So if DeLay doesn't like the Nazis, and thinks the Liberals are the equivilent of Nazis, then DeLay is really a liberal? Did this man never take even an introductory course on government or a single class in political science?

Posted by: Laura M at April 10, 2007 04:00 PM

Why isn't there a media frenzy over this guy calling me a "nazi"? Who ya gonna call?

Posted by: Merry at April 11, 2007 12:38 PM