posted on Aug, 7 2009 @ 08:15 PM
Disclaimer: I don't believe the Democrats or the Republicans have handled the situation well. Both sides are throwing around a lot of WW2 rhetoric
that's just stupid. I don't know if anyone's read up on WW2 and what Europe was like before the war broke out, but it was nothing like this. If
raucous town hall meetings turn into bloody riots, people start getting killed, the government actually takes real steps to silence media outlets, and
roving gangs of Democrats/Republicans start jumping their opposites, then we'll have something like WW2.
Us Americans have quite the flare for drama.
So far all that's happening is two diametrically opposed sides getting extremely emotional over a huge piece of legislation, which is understandable
because what's going to go through won't be exactly what either side wants, and since neither side's fundamentalists are willing to budge on the
issue, the war of words starts heating up.
As another poster brought up, this same stuff happened for years after Bush began the Iraq war. Burning effigies, burning flags, nazi symbolism, etc.
I don't see this as any different basically, it's just getting supported by the other side now.
That being said, I watched the video and from the context of the conversation I didn't see Gibbs making a threat. It seemed like he was referring to
thin ice rhetorically, as in anyone who uses nazi symbolism and references is on thin ice because once you pull the swastika card many outside
observers won't take you as seriously because we all know (or should) that the situation then was catastrophically worse than now.
Honest question to those who feel hurt/disenfranchised/afraid due to this: When you saw protesters marking Bush's picture up with swastikas and
marching angrily in our major cities, did you really take them very seriously? Did you think, "There might be civil war for this" or, "I completely
agree with them, we need to pull out immediately!"
Or did you think, "Those Liberals are freaking ridiculous. Wasting their time with those stupid posters marching up and down the street like they
make a difference. They're a laughing stock." Something along those lines, anyway. I live in Texas so I can speak from experience that quite a few
of us here thought along those lines.
Regardless, I seriously doubt the White House meant this in any way to be a threat against Rush Limbaugh...Like they would actually threaten and
remove the Republican poster boy when his base is riled up at its greatest.