This week’s columnist to pluck a ripe apple from the Godwin’s Law bucket is Thomas Sowell, who laments that Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) is too much of a hothead novice to stop Barack Obama’s Hitlerian rise:
The most charitable interpretation of Ted Cruz and his supporters is that they are willing to see the Republican Party weakened in the short run, in hopes that they will be able to take it over in the long run, and set it on a different path as a more purified conservative party.
Like many political ideas, this one is not new. It represents a political strategy that was tried long ago — and failed long ago.
In the German elections of 1932, the Nazi party received 37 percent of the vote. They became part of a democratically elected coalition government, in which Hitler became chancellor. Only step by step did the Nazis dismantle democratic freedoms and turn the country into a complete dictatorship.
The political majority could have united to stop Hitler from becoming a dictator. But they did not unite. They fought each other over their differences. Some figured that they would take over after the Nazis were discredited and defeated.
Many who plotted this clever strategy died in Nazi concentration camps. Unfortunately, so did millions of others.
You see, the Nazis were a political party and had opposition. Obama’s Democrats are a political party and have opposition. Ipso presto change-o funzo, the GOP’s infighting is allowing the rise of American national socialism, and its members might be sent to concentration camps for their bickering, just before the midterms, prolly. (Note, also, that Sowell cleverly fames the current GOP as the majority in this analogy.)
Yet somehow the most amazing sentence in Sowell’s column has nothing to do with Nazis or Obama. It’s this:
Senator Ted Cruz has not yet reached the point where he can make policy, rather than just make political trouble.
SENATOR Ted Cruz has no ability to make policy. Pfft. Policy. It’s so John Cornyn.
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