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American Crazies Can’t Give Up On Obama-Nazi Idea

The emergence of a hateful campaign to link President Obama with Nazism is among the most fascinating manifestations of an anger that runs through a segment of American society that refuses to accept either the idea of an African American as president or the reality that a majority of people do not trust the Republican party with its future. The Secret Service and local Massachusetts police are investigating a swastika that was carved into a golf green along with the name, “Obama.” It is a minor incident in itself, but symptomatic of a pervading emotion that cuts through those who hate Obama, the Democratic party, liberals, gays, lesbians and other aspects of modern life. They continually shout about the need to “return America to what it once was.” Of course, the America that once was in their view was run by white skinned people and the poor were ignored.

A reason for the emergence of these haters is the collapse of teaching American history in our schools because the entire curriculum these days is given over to studying for tests. Each year, fewer and fewer students have history courses that educate about the history of the United States in any meaningful manner. Teachers lack knowledge of the history of labor unions, the Populist Party, the Progressive movement or the candidacy of Socialists like Eugene Debs who captured a million votes in the 1912 presidential election. We have cut our youth off from the liberal history of this nation.

Swiss Election Marked By Violence And Hatred

Christoph Blocher, Switzerland’s Minister of Justice is a small man with a big belly and a fire in his belly to keep Switzerland free of foreigners and migrants. Each time he enters a voting rally, a goat follows behind with men and women ringing cowbells to symbolize the traditional values of Switzerland and its people– good solid rural folk. Street violence and shouts of racial hatred against foreigners are commonly heard in the electoral process currently underway. Blocher envisions himself as a lone man holding off the mass of foreigners who threaten to over run his pure land much as the Swiss people held off the Hapsburg Empire in the 1300s to win their independence. “A good politician must be able to sacrifice himself for the greater good of the country,” shouts Blocher.

Switzerland is ruled by a coalition of several parties and Blocher represents one of them. He has used this complex situation to expand his power by threatening to leave the coalition and force elections. Blocher opposes membership in the “foreign dominated EU” as well as seeking to deport “foreign criminals.” He is a populist leader who plays upon feelings of xenophobia to stir up hatred and uses this weapon as a means of maintaining power and forcing the government to adhere to his views.