Saturday, February 2, 2013

Why Does the National Review Defend Nazism?

No, that title isn't hyperbole. The National Review, through writer Eliana Johnson defended Nazism. Here, I'll let her own words do the talking:

"Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly “senseless.” By the early 1930s, the Nazi party had hundreds of thousands of devoted members and repeatedly attracted a third of the votes in German elections; its political leaders campaigned on a platform comprising 25 non-senseless points, including the “unification of all Germans,” a demand for “land and territory for the sustenance of our people,” and an assertion that “no Jew can be a member of the race.” Suffice it to say, many sensible Germans were persuaded."

I'm sorry, what was that? Did I read that correctly? Yes. Yes I did. And it's as disgusting as it sounds.

What in God's good name makes these right-wing ingrates think that in ANY capacity, that Nazism is "sensible"? Oh, I didn't know that the National Review doesn't consider the slaughtering of millions of Jews, Catholics, gypsies, homosexuals and handicapped people in ANYWAY A PROBLEM. This is horrifically unbelievable. Are they really taking the whole "If Obama hates it, we must love it" thing too far? When did it become acceptable to use the Holocaust as a political tool? If this is meant to be some sort of ironic way of attacking the President, it's not funny. Joking about something so awful shows the world the scum one truly is.

My dad's family has a lot of its roots in Norway. My great-grandpa immigrated to Wisconsin from Norway to start a new life, but in doing that, he left a lot of our family behind. One of those family members being a man named Petter Moen (you'll need google translate for that link.) Petter is an important part of not only my family, but of Norway as a whole. If the National Review and Eliana Johnson are aware, Nazi Germany took over Norway during WW2, and the devastation they left still has its effect on millions of people today. Petter spent a lot of time in a Nazi prison because of his activism with the Norwegian resistance and his journalism, the only thing left of him when he died being a diary. He wrote it while being imprisoned, pricking paper with a pin and managing to keep it hidden from the Germans. His bravery knew no bounds. He endured things we only read about. Things we can't even process in our minds. I would LOVE for Ms. Johnson to live 5 minutes in Petter's world. Then maybe she might see how absolutely filthy her argument is.

The right-wing in this country is so beyond insanity that it will never find its way back to the sane middle. This is not the Republican party of Lincoln, or Teddy Roosevelt. This is a party that has became an evil and grotesque homage to an ideology that no one will ever accept.

I am so disgusted with the National Review, and I'm hoping that many will call on it and Eliana Johnson to fully and totally retract the utter nonsense they posted. The families of the millions of victims of Nazism deserve it.

National Review  212-679-7330.
Call them and tell them Eliana's article is unacceptable!


  1. Several of my Mom's cousins died in stalingrad as Germen troops abaondoned there by Hitler. the family; with one notible exception hated Hitler, War and Naziism and one asssumes these boys died anonymous deaths among he ruins after suffering horribly in the Russian winter. The one "lucky" cousin just got his foot blown off in north Africa and became a POW. Imagine a whole generation of German boys marched into the meat grinder. Lots of them didn't deserve it and there was nothing sensible abouit it.

    Interestingly my mom tells me the one actual nazi in the family was a huge Hitler fan and had a personality very much reminicent of our current crop of teapublicans.

  2. A friend asked me some months ago if I really believed that the GOP-Tea Party are fascistic.

    A fair question at the time; but the racist-xenophobic-militaristic-papers, please-make-life-misrable-for-Latinos-and continual dog whistles for the rightwing lunatics ought to settle the question.

    As you say: "The right-wing in this country is so beyond insanity that it will never find its way back to the sane middle."

  3. Initially horrified, I read the articles with the intent to express my displeasure to the author and national review. Still horrified, I have decided to write a private comment or call the national review but in NO WAY do I wish to highlight Johnson's writing in any way. She is desperate for attention. Once I better grasped the neediness I laid out the (faulted) reasoning. She still argues with herself without resolution.
    Just ignore her long enough so she does not ever get a gig as a commentator on cable news for anti-intellectuals. The National Review can do better. I disagree but it is supposed to be legitimate.

  4. They're just getting ready to propel scott walker to dur furher here. He is going to skate on all crimes behind his ascent to power because the state will never be able to convict in Wisconsin courts and obama's doj doesn't have the courage to actually hold anyone powerful accountable.

    The criminal cabal behind walker is used to getting their way and, if you think this is pro-nazi, wait until, across the nation, we all are forced to chant HEIL WALKER!

    Expect a lot of media reports that Hitler wasn't such a bad guy and that fascism is GOOD!