A Fascist in Congress

      “You are killing your own brothers, though any human order to kill must be subordinate to the law of God, which says, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’ No soldier is obliged to obey an order contrary to the law of God. No one has to obey an immoral law. It is high time you recovered your consciences and obeyed your consciences rather than a sinful order. … In the name of God, in the name of this suffering people whose cries rise to heaven more loudly each day, I implore you, I beg you, I order you in the name of God: Stop the repression.”
     One week after Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero delivered this sermon, he was assassinated as he said Mass, on the orders of Col. Roberto D’Aubuisson, an ally of the United States. The Salvadoran civil war continued for more than a decade, and that poor country continues to suffer from the crime, murders and malnutrition that always accompany war: unspeakable suffering.
     Last week, when Muslim terrorists killed 17 people in Paris, they killed more than 2,000 people in their own lands.
     These Muslims are fascists. They are ignorant.
     There are ignorant fascists sitting in the U.S. Congress today.
     This week, a Republican congressman from Texas compared President Obama to Hitler, for sending the U.S. Ambassador to France to a solidarity march in Paris instead of going there himself.
     Oh, really?
     Hitler?
     For missing a march?
     I called Congressman Randy Weber, R-Galveston, to ask if he’d ever done one thing in his miserable life to help the Jewish people – or the people of France – or anyone but himself, but – surprise! – the congressman wouldn’t talk to me.
     During President Obama’s State of the Union speech in 2014, Congressman Weber sent electronic messages to his thousands of followers calling the president a “Socialist dictator” and “Kommandant in Chef.” (Sic.)
     Spelling was never the congressman’s strong point.
     This week, Weber sent this tweet to his fans: “Even Adolph Hitler thought it more important than Obama to get to Paris.”
     This because our president sent our ambassador to the solidarity rally instead of going there himself.
     Let’s see:
     Hitler murdered 6 million Jews, and God knows how many others, in a world war that took more than 20 million lives.
     Obama helped 10 million poor people of all religions and races get health insurance.
     Pretty much a wash, no? In East Texas.
     Every story I have read in U.S. news reports this week castigated Congressman Weber for misspelling Hitler’s first name as Adolph, rather than Adolf.
     That’s a spelling mistake, all right.
     But it’s pathetic, cowardly reporting.
     It’s truckling to power and eating dirt.
     By the way, Hitler’s real name was Schicklgruber. Check my spelling if you want.
     My fellow Americans: Have we come to this?
     Must we allow our call to arms to be a spelling error from a fascist congressman, instead of what the congressman actually is saying?
     That our centrist, black, two-term president is worse than a Nazi?
     Must we listen to a congressman compare our president to Hitler, so his party can, as they say, “play to their base?”
     Do we not understand that Weber is stirring up racial hatred among us for his own tawdry political ends? In the short, medium and long term?
     Do we not remember what this can lead to?
     Apparently we do not. But I do.
     Ernest Hemingway said many years ago, before World War II started, that fascism is a lie told by bullies.
     I’m waiting to hear from Congressman Weber.
     I do not believe the congressman will call me back – because he is a coward, and a bully, and a liar, and a fascist.
     (Courthouse News editor Robert Kahn is a grammarian. He is working on a book about 1st century B.C. political rhetoric in Cisalpine Italy.)

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