On July 1, TheExaminer.com reported that an anti-Obama group, Our Country Deserves Better PAC, announced that would launch an advertising campaign featuring a video claiming that Obama is using tactics common to Hitler’s Germany.  TheExaminer.com featured an audio teaser video released as a fundraising tool to buy time to air the ad; that video has since been removed from YouTube. 

According to The Examiner:

The ad lists a series of actions including the report ordered by the Bush administration on right wing extremists released by the Department of Homeland Security after Bush left office. They quote an un-named Congressman saying, “They proposed a civilian security force and an American congressman warned it was exactly what Hitler did in Nazi Germany." 

Someone must have pointed out to Our Country Deserves Better PAC that the comparison was sort of a cheap, douchey move, so they made another one (above)

that highlights recent press accounts that sound more like they are out of Iran than the U.S. But truth be told they are actually accounts of Barack Obama’s (and his administration’s) failures and poor policy decisions. 

 But Our Country Deserves BetterPAC still managed to get in a Hitler reference (at :11).

Yes, many times both Bush presidents and Reagan have been portrayed in protest placards as Hitler, and seriously it’s an argument that takes away from legitimate discourse, creating what philosopher Levi Strauss called reductio ad Hitlerum, a questionable fallacy that has the effect of an appeal to emotion which shuts down dialogue and leaves both sides nowhere to go; it’s a "double infinity plus 1–neener neener!" argument. Using Hitler’s image strips the statement being made of  real value, along with diminishing the the Third Reich’s appalling policies to cartoon rhetoric. Soup Nazi, anyone?

Our country does deserve better: It deserves better, clearer, more factual arguments from those who oppose the current administration, rather than tin foil hat paranoia from groups that mis-characterize the Bush report on home grown terrorism as

Obama Administration is warning law enforcement to focus their attention on the dangers of conservatives

or media outlets that can’t figure out what party Mark Sanford belongs to.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.