Throughout the Obama presidency, members of the GOP have been quick to compare the President to Hitler. Many of the party’s current presidential hopefuls have engaged in this kind of inflammatory rhetoric. In 2009, Michele Bachman enthusiastically endorsed a fundraiser with Maria Anne Hirschmann, who has compared Obama’s policies to those that brought about the rise of the Third Reich. In 2010, Newt Gingrich described Democrats as a “secular-socialist machine” that posed as much of a “threat” to American democracy as the Nazis posed in Germany. He later backed down from the claim, but there it was, part and parcel of the GOP’s paranoia machine. Just yesterday, Rick Santorum defended a statement he made in December in an address to the Republican Jewish Coalition Candidates Forum. He’d alleged that Obama’s foreign policy amounted to World War II-style Nazi “appeasement.”
While most of the United States celebrated Dr Martin Luther King’s birthday on Monday, a reminder came from Spokane about the violence that still simmers in the nation. City workers preparing for a parade in honor of MLK discovered a backpack with what looked like several wires sticking out from it. After the police were called in, it was discovered that the backpack was indeed a bomb. Police officials described the bomb as a legitimate threat, intended create mass casualties. As of yet, there is no conclusive evidence as to what the motivation was behind the bomb, but the FBI is now running the investigation and have stated that they are not ruling out involvement by local white supremacist organizations.
It should be no surprise to anybody that white supremacist organizations may have been involved in the most recent scare. Within the last year, another bomb has been left next to a court house, and there were at least two protests staged by white supremacists within the weeks leading up to the the MLK parade. But even as it should be no surprise, the reaction to these frightening events have been somewhat muted.