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<<The references during the Bush Administration were related to things like secret prison camps, holding American citizens without trial, torture, wire-tapping, and starting the war in Iraq--all things that can quite easily be associated with a totalitarian regime.>>

Governments have had military forces and domestic security apparatus pretty much throughout history. So they all look like Nazis if that's what you want to look at. They are all things associated with prettty much any political regime.

<<It was over the top, and I ignored all "Nazi" threads back then too.>>

Well, that's fine. And I agree that the Nazi references are ridiculous. But they are a part of political rhetoric of the kind used to club your political opposition. As long as it is verbal or image clubbing and not actual clubbing, you can complain about it if you wish but you'll find your supporters doing much the same thing when a suitable occasion arises.

<<It only has anything to do with the Nazis in the paranoid world of the Tea Party. It is the old "first step" argument--first, they reform the private health insurance, then they create a public option, then the public option is the only option, then they start loading the unproductive people into gas chambers because they can't afford it.>>

This certainly isn't the "first step." We are many steps along that path to what the left likes to promote as a "right to health care." And the left quite openly proclaims it's goal and intention to obtain a "single payer" health care system.

So it's not unreasonable to criticize some of the right wing rhetoric, even though the natural rejoinder is that the left does much the same thing about different issues. Both the exaggerated rhetoric and the crocodile tears are a part of American politics.

If you can't stand the heat, as they say....

Seattle Pioneer
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