Sometimes we come across things that are so full of “WTF” that we just have to share them with you. A local TV station in northern Indiana reported yesterday on a rather unusual video billboard installed at a local shopping mall in the area. The billboard portrays President Obama as Hitler and calls for his impeachment. There’s another bit of text about restoring Glass-Steagall — a post-Depression-era law that enforced new regulations on lending institutions in an effort to prevent the kind of meltdown that happened in 2008 — that connects to a political action committee.
The committee, “LaRouchePAC,” was started and run by Lyndon LaRouche. LaRouche, according to WANE-TV, has run for president himself several times, but he was also convicted of mail fraud in 1998. Perhaps it’s just another case of President Envy, eh? Or maybe LaRouche genuinely thinks that any American president could possibly be compared to the man who oversaw the extermination of over six million people, making him simply…simple.
Now, are you ready for the ultimate shock in this story? LaRoche isn’t a hard line, right-wing ideologue. His political leanings are actually to the left fringe. In fact, he’s very pro-labor and apparently his beef with Obama stems from his desire for a single-payer healthcare system as opposed to the Affordable Care Act. So in LaRouche’s mind helping millions of people get access to health care they couldn’t afford before is tantamount to genocide.
What this billboard goes to show is that ignorance and hyperbole aren’t unique to TEApublicans, though we’ve all seen the numerous “Obama is Hitler” memes floating around Facebook from right-wing, Tea Party pages as well. It’s the hyper-partisanship that is displayed when you compare any sitting president to Hitler that has contributed to the gridlock that has caused our government to shut down and put us on the brink of default.
If we can’t or won’t call out people who are even tangentially on “our side,” we have no business calling out the TEApublicans when they cross over the very same line, can we?