Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ADL Condemns Limbaugh But Not Pelosi Over Use of Nazi Imagery

I find it interesting the Anti-Defamation League condemns Rush Limbaugh for utilizing Nazi imagery but will not do the same with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Limbaugh said, "They accuse us of being Nazis, and Obama's got a healthcare logo that's right out of Adolf Hitler's playbook." ADL National Director Abraham Foxman called Limbaugh's remarks "outrageous, offensive and inappropriate."

Now I happen to partially agree with Foxman. For Limbaugh to liken Obamacare to Nazi Germany makes him look irrational and stupid and plays right into Obama's hands.

Yet Foxman and the ADL never acknowledged what prompted Limbaugh to make his comments in the first place however ill advised. Limbaugh was responding to Nancy Pelosi who said of those who showed up at town hall meetings opposing Obamacare, "They're carrying swastikas and symbols like that to a townhall meeting on health care."

Not only did Foxman and the ADL not condemn Pelosi's remarks they seemed to be echoing her sentiments:

In recent days, street protests against President Obama's health care plan have gotten ugly, with some protestors appearing in photographs wearing swastika and SS symbols.

Rubbish. There have been a few people who have signs of the swastika with a slash through it. One might not like such a form of protest but it is hardly the same thing as wearing swastikas and SS symbols or otherwise expressing support for Nazism.

Here in Boston you see some of Lyndon LaRouche's people with posters of President Obama with a Hitler mustache. It's dumb stuff and people here wisely ignore their stupidity.

The bottom line here is I don't have a problem with the ADL taking Limbaugh to task for invoking Nazi imagery. But I do have a problem when the ADL completely ignores Pelosi, the second in line to the White House, for doing the same thing. At best it's a double standard. At worst the ADL reduces itself to nothing more than another liberal interest group that is selective in its admonishments. If the ADL had issued a press release condemning both Pelosi and Limbaugh I would have written in support of it.

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