By now, nothing should astonish me…however: That a congressman who claims to be interested in the welfare of the United States of America and who has pledged himself to serve our country and its principles, should make a preposterous, derogatory statement that compares our president, George W. Bush, to the mass murderer, Adolph Hiter, is inexcusable and indefensible. I’m truly outraged. He has insulted our leader and our country. While I know he has the liberty to say whatever he wishes, given that he serves in the greatest country in the world, and one of the hallmarks of our nation is the freedom of speech, it is telling that he seems not to understand expediency and honor. A patriot, he seems not to be.
Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, is defending himself Monday after comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler and leaving the impression the administration may have rigged the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
Speaking to an atheist group on July 8, Ellison said that the president acted much the way Hitler did when the Reichstag, or German Parliament building, was burned in 1933 ahead of elections that pitted Hitler’s Nazi Party against others, including the Communists. Hitler, who was suspected of ordering the fire, declared emergency powers that helped him launch his dictatorial and murderous reign.
“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” Ellison told the group, according to The Minneapolis Star Tribune. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”
During his speech, Ellison went on to tell the 350-member Atheists for Human Rights: “I’m not saying [Sept. 11] was a [U.S.] plan, or anything like that, because, you know, that’s how they put you in the nut-ball box — dismiss you.”
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