Friday, May 20, 2005

Santorum Kicks It Up a Notch 

Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), never one of my favorites, has now likened Senate Democrats to Hitler. It wasn't enough for him to equate same sex marriage with terrorism (and these well-phrased but unsubstantiated warnings after Lawrence v. Texas). Now he has made the filibuster and those who support it the equivalent of Nazis.

Responding to Democratic Senators who decry the proposed elimination of the filibuster on judicial nominations as being an attempt to consolidate power into the executive branch, and as being against history, tradition (two ideals Santorum generally relies on to support his own opinions - see above) and the constitional design, Santorum had this to say:
"It's the equivalent of Adolf Hitler in 1942." He said Democratic protests over Republican efforts to ensure confirmation votes would be like the Nazi dictator seizing Paris and then saying: "I'm in Paris. How dare you invade me? How dare you bomb my city? It's mine."
The filibuster is designed as a means by which a large minority can protect itself from mob rule by a majority with extreme proposals. Yeah, preserving that is just like invading Paris and claiming it as your own. And killing millions of people for being who they are.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:56 AM