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National Review Defends Nazism Because ‘Sensible Germans’ Supported Nazi Party

by David Badash on February 1, 2013

in News,Politics

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The National Review‘s Eliana Johnson this week wrote an opinion piece defending the Holocaust and Nazism in a thinly-veiled effort to attack President Barack Obama‘s statement commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Fixating on the President’s use of the term, “senseless violence,” in describing the Holocaust, Johnson writes that the “idea that all violence is ‘senseless’ violence is one that has taken deep root on the left.”

Johnson adds:

Nazism may have been an ideology to which the United States was — and to which the president is — implacably opposed, but it is hardly “senseless.” By the early 1930s, the Nazi party had hundreds of thousands of devoted members and repeatedly attracted a third of the votes in German elections; its political leaders campaigned on a platform comprising 25 non-senseless points, including the “unification of all Germans,” a demand for “land and territory for the sustenance of our people,” and an assertion that “no Jew can be a member of the race.” Suffice it to say, many sensible Germans were persuaded.

(Clearly, Johnson has never watched “Judgment At Nuremburg.”)

Eliana Johnson’s choice, resorting to defending Nazism, is disgusting. That the National Review has chosen to publish it is absurd. That the refuse to respond to it or denounce it speaks volumes.

The majority of commenters on Johnson’s post are outraged. Perhaps the best comment comes from John Slover:

Holy shit, guys. I mean, I know you don’t like Obama, but you respond to him calling the holocaust “senseless violence” by defending Nazis a little bit? Good god, pick your battles.

What led to this travesty? Did the conversation go something like this?

“Obama thinks Nazi violence against Jews was senseless… do we have an angle on this?”

“Uhh… defend… the Nazis?”

“Better than nothing. Have it on my desk by ten.”

You people are something else. I can’t honestly think of an example worse than this. If you’d defended something else awful because Obama opposed it, and someone said “If he came out against Naziism, the republicans would defend it” I’d have said “Oh, stop being an idiot. No one would defend that”

But then, here you are, doing it.

Stay classy GOP.

The National Review, about which The New Civil Rights Movement has written many times, is or has been home to white supremacists/white nationalists, racists, homophobes, and many others of the far, far radical right.

National Organization For Marriage co-founder Maggie Gallagher for years has made the National Review her home. Avowed racist and homophobe John Derbyshire for years wrote at the National Review, until his racist screed, “The Talk: Nonblack Version,” appeared elsewhere, and caused too much heat for the Review to continue sheltering him.

National Review Senior Editor Jay Nordlinger in a blog post last summer wrote disparagingly that President Reagan in the 1980′s was “welcoming wetbacks.”

And in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, National Review’s Charlotte Allen wrote a vile, sexist, and falsehood-filled post in which she lamented there were no men present at the school (there were) and suggested “some of the huskier 12-year-old boys” should have thrown themselves at the Newtown, Connecticut shooter.

And just this week, David French, who was a Senior Counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), wrote a misguided piece for the National Review proclaiming Jesus wants you to have guns.

I kid you not.

The National Review is leading the pace for the GOP, and the road is named, “Oblivion.”

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angelbaby83 February 1, 2013 at 11:50 am

I would respond to the specific incident but I believe that referred to poster did it fairly well for me. But I will say this : The problem, definitely as it seems to be, is two fold. Part one is that sensationalistic political media out of control and no longer is reporting the facts but reports drama. The second part is at what point is it absurd, on either end of the extremes, going so far out of the way to try and smear someone you disagree with using one of the most horrific genocides that have transpired in modern history. (I say one of because there has been many and some still continue to this day) The fact that journalism has fallen so far from reporting the facts and letting people think for themselves and instead trying to tell them what to think is just one small part of the huge problem that this type of thing is a symptom of.

Scott_Rose February 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

This reaffirms the fact that the heterosupremacist delusion is as bad as the master race delusion, and that often, the same bigots further both of those delusions.

sam3915 February 1, 2013 at 2:11 pm

To anyone who has been paying real attention, this should come as no surprise that US right-wing "conservatives" — now all of today's Republicans — are evil, filthy-rich funded and controlled, bigoted, scapegoating, pseudo-religious Nazis. They have the same ideology and agenda, including an eventual 2nd Holocaust against the designated scapegoats once they take over. And they're very close now to taking over.

swfreak15 February 2, 2013 at 11:40 am

You're an idiot, however, you're entitled to your opinion and I respect that right.

sam3915 February 2, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Hi mom!!

Matt Osborne February 1, 2013 at 7:03 pm

The veneer of genteel elitism of William F. Buckley has disintegrated with his corpse, leaving only the icky racist skeleton that was always underneath the surface of the conservative movement.

Buzz_the_Bear February 1, 2013 at 8:38 pm

And now it's all on the outside for all to see. And it ain't pretty!

Diogenes_Arktos February 2, 2013 at 2:56 am

Reagan also used the phrase "senseless violence" to describe the Holocaust.

tacitus February 2, 2013 at 3:48 am

I do not think it would be unnecessarily cynical to suppose that this Eliana Johnson is honestly sympathetic rather than merely trying to score points against Obama. Anti-intellectualism, racism, authoritarianism and violence as values, tyrannical religion, homophobia, and hatred of organized labor have long been shared by Nazis and conservatives.

Huntercgo February 2, 2013 at 9:35 am

Add to that that Hitler's Reich began as an alliance of church, state, and business. Sound familiar?

tacitus February 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

Sounds like ordinary fascism. I think these people are more like actual nazis.

Huntercgo February 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

Your probably right — Mussolini was forging the same alliance in Italy, minus the overt racism and "moral purity."

Slumliberty February 2, 2013 at 3:52 pm

The article in question does not defend nazism. Here is the source material, read for yourself

labman57 February 3, 2013 at 1:03 am

Crazy people often regard themselves to be the only sane ones in the room.
To suggest that Hitler and the Nazi Party's plan to exterminate all of the Jews in Europe was "sensible" — simply because they were able to rationalize a justification for it — is … well, CRAZY!

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