Rep. Linder Likens President Obama To Hitler, Mussolini

October 07, 2009 3:09 pm ET — Matt Finkelstein

Today, Rep. John Linder (R-GA) became the latest Republican to compare President Obama to Hitler. Couching his criticism in a dilettantish history of progressivism, Linder actually managed to tie the entire progressive movement to "communism, fascism and Nazism."  After juxtaposing environmentalism and eugenics -- and throwing in the requisite indignation about "czars" -- Linder eventually concluded that Obama's America resembles "Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy":

Following the progressivism of Wilson were communism, fascism and Nazism. All believed in the state and tried to marginalize religion. (These leaders desired that the least feel comforted only by the generosity of the state.) 

Progressivism and its progeny all believed in the fairness and wisdom of decisions made by the state - often at the expense of the individual, who, it was believed, made selfish decisions. All demanded that the state have an increased role in raising children. Adolf Hitler scoffed at those who remained opposed to him, saying he already had control of their children.

All believed in the minimum wage, state control of private property for the public good, unionization and environmentalism. And they believed in eugenics to purify the gene pool. 

It is now fair to wonder whether we are returning to a belief that only a powerful central government can fix all of our problems. Victor Davis Hanson wrote in the National Review that President Barack Obama is governing as though the United States were a university and he its president. Governing by czars fits that example. A diversity czar, environment czar, pay czar, science czar, manufacturing czar and, of course, health czar could deal with the "whole" of an issue rather than looking at it piece by piece. This is not unlike the women's studies, black studies, diversity studies, environmental studies and other obsequious studies in most academic settings.

And with the Obama administration, just as in Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy and Wilson's America, the leaders of major corporations are falling in line.

While Obama-Hitler comparisons are mostly the domain of tea-baggers and right-wing radio hosts, Linder isn't the only Republican lawmaker to make the leap.  Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) made the connection last fall and has since issued repeated warnings of an Obama dictatorship.  Last month, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) attacked what he perceived as an attempt by the president to "pacify the Russians" by noting that "Hitler actually negotiated with the Russians," too. 

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