For almost 50 years when national Democrats start to panic, they drag out their tried and true "Nazi" slander to attack all manner of candidates in the GOP. This week it was California Democratic Chair John Burton who started the smear but he has already apologized for his extreme rhetoric possibly because he feared a backlash. At first, Burton made the ludicrous claim hat Congressman Paul Ryan was like Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels pictured above right. Since Burton was only a year old when the Nazi Party came to power in Germany, his only knowledge of Goebbels or his tactics must come from his horrible ignorance in the field of modern world history.
If Burton had ever studied the early 1930s when he was an infant, he would have learned that the abbreviation "NAZI" in German stood for Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei (National Socialist German Workers' Party). The nickname is based on the first two syllables, as pronounced in German. What Hitler called "National Socialism" was only a slight variation from the parent trunk of other types of socialism except that the state did allow some private ownership of industries but the private ownership did not mean anything because the state control of the economy was so complete. The Nazi leaders practiced the ultimate form of crony capitalism because they favored only companies that agreed to play ball with the Nazi leaders across the board and Nazi party membership was necessary to do business with the state or even to do business at all.
The Burton smear of Paul Ryan was mostly not about the ideology of Nazis, but an effort to tie Ryan to the famous Big Lie tactics of Goebbels. Either way, the smear is not worthy of a state party chair for an American political party. But for many years, childish Left Wing professors of political science on college campuses have dishonestly tried to tie the ugly Nazi smear to the modern Republican Party in the U.S. by trying to compare the ultra nationalism and chauvinism of the Nazis to the ordinary pride and patriotism of Republicans in the historical values of the United States and our Constitution. Left Wing intellectuals and Communist Party members in America stayed silent in 1939 about the danger of Nazis because Hitler had signed a non-agression pact with Stalin (The Molotov-von Ribbentrop Pact). Only when Hitler broke the treaty in 1941 and invaded Russia in Operation Barbarosa did the Left in America get excited again about defeating Hitler. So the Left has never had any credibility in trying to smear parties or candidates in the U.S. with embracing Nazi dogma but that never stops them from making the smear anyway. In this war of smears, it is the Left and not conservative Republicans that is far more guilty of telling the Big Lie.