Ag Commish Todd Staples Tweets Column That Says Contemporary Democrats Are Basically Nazis Without the Fabulous Outfits

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Todd Staples, uh, salutes an economic development gathering in Nacogdoches.
Texas Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples sent a tweet to his followers Tuesday morning asking whether we're "worried about the direction of our country." Well, sure we're worried about partisan gridlock in Congress, the widening chasm of income inequality and drought conditions that cover most of Texas and more of the country than at any time since the '50s.

These things trouble me, for sure. But that isn't quite what he had in mind. Staples' tweet directed me to a piece written by noted libertarian and syndicated columnist at George Mason University, Walter E. Williams. Williams asks why the crimes of the Nazis are so well-known, while the atrocities of communists like Mao Zedong and Vladimir Lenin and socialists like Joseph Stalin get glossed over. Fair enough, but that's when Williams, the guy who famously offers certificates of amnesty and pardon to all persons of European descent for their slave-owning forefathers, brandishes the nuclear option. Amid progressive bastions like "the media elite, stalwarts of the Democratic Party or organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Green for All, the Sierra Club and the Children's Defense Fund, there is a great tolerance for the ideas of socialism -- a system that has caused more deaths and human misery than all other systems combined."

"Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from those of Nazi, Soviet and Maoist mass murderers. One does not have to be in favor of death camps or wars of conquest to be a tyrant. The only requirement is that one has to believe in the primacy of the state over individual rights."

To think that we're better than the Germans who allowed Nazi ascendance, Williams warns, would be a mistake. The quest for "social justice" is found on a spectrum inexorably leading to tyranny.

Seems to me, equating your political opponents to the perpetrators of genocide has to be found somewhere on a slippery slope leading to nowhere good. But there it is, promoted on our ag commish's official Twitter account. Staples aspires to be our next lieutenant governor, by the way.

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PhilEsteen
PhilEsteen

Is that mighty-whitey Todd Staples doing a 'Heil Hitler?'

 

Todd will be burning crosses and dancing in a white hooded robe in your Dallas suburb any day now.

 

I'd like to see his statistics for "white American slave-owners killing their slaves" versus his farcical statistics for the sins of socialism. This idiot wouldn't know a socialist if Noam Chomsky bit Todd on his big, fat, flabby white ass.

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

And let's not forget the important thing. I don't give a damn what he wants to say on his own personal Twitter account. What the FUCK does this have to do with Texas agriculture, and why isn't he being smacked in the head for being so unprofessional in his position?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney are nazis without the official designation.  They believe in killing off the most vulnerable in America.  

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Why is it the repugs are the ones that want to tell everyone how to live their lives, who they can fuck, whether or not they'll be forced to have an unwanted baby, what they can smoke, but Democrats are ruining our lives?

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Prominent Democrat on Paul Ryan:

 

“Have any of you all met Paul Ryan? We should get him to come to the university. I’m telling you this guy is amazing. ... He is honest, he is straightforward, he is sincere. And the budget that he came forward with is just like Paul Ryan. It is a sensible, straightforward, serious budget and it cut the budget deficit just like we did, by $4 trillion. … The president as you remember, came out with a budget and I don’t think anybody took that budget very seriously. The Senate voted against it 97 to nothing." - former Clinton White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles.  Also President of the University of North Carolina system. 

 

And he should know; appointed in 2010 as the Democratic co-chair of President Barack Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

DMZ3
DMZ3

By that logic, the agenda adopted by Franklin D. Roosevelt and the New Deal coalition -- which set the framework for the modern Democratic Party -- also "differs little" from the Nazis. And by extension, the U.S. soldiers who died fighting in World War 2 liberating Asia and Europe from fascism were carrying out policies little different from the Wehrmacht.

 

What a load of treasonous horseshit that is.

 

Also, I don't know if anyone on the right noticed, but modern-day Neo-Nazis, skinheads and other backwoods white supremacists are not really into the "socialism" part of National Socialism any more. They like to talk more about why the government's gotten too big, why welfare is bad, and why the U.N. is coming to get us while we sleep.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

The slurs are now coming in so fast and hot over the fence by the President's committee to re-elect, it's a blur:  Biden gaffe: Romney will 'put you all back in chains'.  It's every hour on the hour now.  And Mr. Hargrove is pulling his Captain Renault shtick - "I'm shocked, SHOCK I SAY! . . . that there is incivility upon the land" 

 

"Chi semina vento raccoglie tempesta." Italian Proverb "He that sows the wind reaps the whirlwind.

edward
edward

Germany's National Socialists were socialist in more than name.  

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

I always thought that we focused on the NAZIs for a couple of reasons.  One is that we can be made to feel some guilt, since this is a European sin, be it appeasement, or collective guilt of Europe and the West, generally.  Further, we did fund and abet the NAZIs to some degree, where as these same charges, and culpability don't extend to Mao, Stalin, or Pol Pot. 

Rumpunch1
Rumpunch1

I always find it interesting when one side can use a few examples of the Nazi agenda to apply it to their opposition without seeing the relation to themselves.  The Nazi party ran on economic growth (i.e. Hitler was one of the early job creators) and elimination of threats to the German way of life.  But the Nazis had socialist intheir party name, therefore cannot be by definition related to the actions of the GOP.  I am not saying that the GOP are Nazis, nor am I saying that the Democrats are either.    I am a bit of a WWII buff, therefore I have come to the conclusions that neither side are actually Nazis.

 

In full disclosure, I currently identify myself as a progressive republican, but am often classified as a conservative democrat.  Some say wishy washy, I say its because both parties have their fair share of idiots.

WhiteGuiltObserver
WhiteGuiltObserver

"Amid progressive bastions like "the media elite, stalwarts of the Democratic Party or organizations such as the NAACP, the National Council of La Raza, Green for All, the Sierra Club and the Children's Defense Fund, there is a great tolerance for the ideas of socialism -- a system that has caused more deaths and human misery than all other systems combined."

"Today's leftists, socialists and progressives would bristle at the suggestion that their agenda differs little from those of Nazi, Soviet and Maoist mass murderers. One does not have to be in favor of death camps or wars of conquest to be a tyrant. The only requirement is that one has to believe in the primacy of the state over individual rights."

He's right.  Only naive white-guilt libtard "journalist" types can't see it.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx my comment above was intended as a response to you.  But you don't engage in factual debate, so, I suppose I'm simply putting you and others on notice.  Watch the sophistry

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @holmantx well, lowering tax rates only helps cap lite producers, who don't add a dime to GDP.  You never engaged my arguments, or demonstrated where I was mistaken, but the fact remains raising the top marginal tax rate and cap gains is a boon to capital intensive production, while low taxes benefit financiers, professionals and corp execs--all who add not a dime to GDP.

monstruss
monstruss

 @holmantx look dude, I'm pretty sure no one in Italy ever wanted to rape a tornado.

PhilEsteen
PhilEsteen

 @edward

 Another example of a person who confuses a label with a philosophy. You never did very well in history, now did you? The Nazis were conservative, bigoted, antisemites who hated liberals, communists and socialists. They threw them in jail by the thousands.

 

For god's sake, simply read Kershaw's biography for the details.

 

roo_ster
roo_ster

 @scottindallas Uh, American aid & funding is what kept the USSR in WWII.  So, yeah, we funded the ever-loving crap out of Stalin and his mass-murdering regime.

DMZ3
DMZ3

The Nazis were really all over the place and borrowed from both extremes of the political spectrum. On the one hand, they borrowed socialist elements from the left (although for pure Aryans only) and used anti-capitalist and anti-big business rhetoric. On the other hand, they borrowed policies from the right, namely nationalism, anti-immigration and strong pro-military policies, and they were fiercely opposed to full-blown communism in which the working class takes over and kills all the rich people.

 

Now, they weren't in favor of capitalism by any means either, but being against capitalism doesn't necessarily make you left-wing. There's a long tradition on the extreme right (especially the ultra-Catholic right) which regards capitalism as a threat to traditional conservative values. The Nazis attacked capitalism from this angle, saying capitalism breaks down those values and makes the nation weak, and that capitalism replaces the spiritual bonds that tie together nation and race with money-grubbing and personal greed.

 

This is kinda hard to understand today, because conservatives are so supportive of capitalism now. But this concept of right-wing and capitalism being the same thing is relatively more modern and dates to Barry Goldwater in 1964. It wasn't as important to the extreme right during the 1920s and 1930s. If I had to describe the Nazi economic system, I'd say it was similar to organized feudalism/slavery than anything we could conceive of as conservative or liberal.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @PhilEsteen they're confused by the Southern Strategy too.  They love to point out that it was Democrats who supported Jim Crow; actually, it was Dixiecrats.  The Northern Republicans who supported the rights of Blacks became Democrats, and the Southern racists became the modern GOP.  But, that kind of rebranding is beyond them

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @roo_ster Not in the way we did the Germans before that, and the cultural ties are much stronger with Germany.  It's telling that Stalin isn't focused on, but again, there's a sect that throws guilt about NAZI's to punish Arabs, and Stalin is useless for that. 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Libtards It's so original, I had to google it to know what he meant.  Man, that guy is cutting edge.

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