Allen West calls us “Joseph Goebbels”: UPDATE for die Ironie

Allen West, the Florida Tea Party representative from a very Jewish district, offered us an opinion yesterday. When asked about Americans having a negative view of Congress, Allen said it was unfair. The reason people thought Republicans were douchebag politicians, he said, wasn’t because it was true. It was because Democrats were master media manipulators, like those of the Nazi Party. Liberals are modern-day Reich Ministers of Propaganda:

Tea party favorite Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) said Thursday that Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels would be “very proud” of Democrats for shifting public sentiment against Republicans, and he blamed the press for helping spread their message.

“If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud of the Democrat Party because they have an incredible propaganda machine,” West told reporters in the Capitol. “I think that you have, and let’s be honest, you know, some of the people in the media are complicit in this, in enabling them to get that type of message out.”

Are we Joseph Goebbels? I don’t think so. Goebbels was a homicidal lunatic, a man directly responsible for the deaths of countless Jews. We like our Jewish friends. They’re more likely to be Democrats than Republicans, and I’m happy to assume there’s a good reason for that.

So this sounds like an opinion offered for effect, doesn’t it? There’s a word for that, though it escapes me now. Anyway, more Democrats:

. . Goebbels told Hitler that “spontaneous” anti-Jewish violence had already broken out in German cities, although in fact this was not true: this was a clear case of Goebbels manipulating Hitler for his own ends . . He wrote in his diary:

“[Hitler] decides: demonstrations should be allowed to continue. The police should be withdrawn. For once the Jews should get the feel of popular anger … I immediately gave the necessary instructions to the police and the Party. Then I briefly spoke in that vein to the Party leadership. Stormy applause. All are instantly at the phones. Now people will act.”

The result of Goebbels’ incitement was Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” during which the S.A. and Nazi Party went on a rampage of anti-Jewish violence and destruction, killing at least 90 and maybe as many as 200 people, destroying over a thousand synagogues and hundreds of Jewish businesses and homes, and dragging some 30,000 Jews off to concentration camps . .

Are we the types of people to incite an anti-wingnut Kristallnacht in America? Would we murder or imprison thousands of Republicans? I doubt it. And though we hate the teabagger, the same way Goebbels despised Berlin Police President Bernhard Weiss, would we orchestrate a propaganda effort like this?

Gosh, maybe we would. That’s awfully funny.

JUST IN: You can’t make this comedy up . .

Media Matters brings word that furious right-wing truth teller, Andrew Breitbart — who believes Allen West should run for President — has been using classic Nazi imagery to attack the Democrat-controlled media:

In at least three instances, Andrew Breitbart’s Big Journalism website has used an image connected to a Nazi-era German magazine noted for anti-Semitic cartoons and pro-Hitler leanings.

The image appeared in a Big Journalism post Thursday morning written by Logan Churchwell, director of public relations at Accuracy in Media:

Here’s their pic of the post:

. . and here’s the original image, from a 1942 copy of Nazi propaganda fount Kladderadatsch:

No harm in using a time-tested image to attack the dirty propagandists, right? Okay, Allen, there’s your cue: “If Joseph Goebbels was around, he’d be very proud.” But you guys might want to shorten the hook nose and erase the Star of David before posting it. Oh, I see. Gut gemacht.