In case you missed it (and boy I wish I did), the Tea Party folks held a rally in front of Stafford County’s courthouse on Saturday. One of their featured speakers was Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart. This is the same person that recently sent a letter to Ken Cuccinelli thanking him for his frivolous health care reform lawsuit.
With all the crazy things that Stewart has said or done in the past, nothing prepared me for what I witnessed this past Saturday from him. There were many things he said that were non-factual and completely offensive, but his comparison of the Obama administration to that of the Nazi regime was outrageous (fast forward to the 5:25 mark or view it here):
You might remember the story of Sophie Scholl during the Nazi Administration in Germany. She was a student and she spoke out. And she and her brother and other students were beheaded by the Nazi regime for speaking out. It’s up to each and every one of us when we see wrong to standup and say no not only no but hell now we’re not going to do it we’re not going to go there.
For Stewart to even suggest that this administration is anything like that of the Nazi’s is way over-the-line, irresponsible and deeply offensive. How the chairman of the second largest county in the Commonwealth of Virginia could make this despicable statement is beyond me?!
You can also audibly hear the tea baggers applauding at the end of Stewart’s Nazi remarks. This is totally pathetic and in poor taste, not that I have come to expect anything more from them.
One side of my entire family was virtually wiped off the face of this earth, at the hands of the Nazi’s, during the Holocaust. Up until my grandfather’s death, just talking about it was, at times, too much for him to take and opened up old wounds that never completely healed.
This comparison by Stewart has the effect of diminishing and trivializing the crimes of the Nazi’s against six million Jews (including my family), heroes such as Sophie Scholl and countless others.
His comments also came on the heals of Holocaust Remembrance Day (“Yom Hashoah”), which took place on Sunday and the Days of Remembrance, which is a week long commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust that was established by the U.S. Congress – it takes place from April 11 – 18 this year.
Stewart, like all Americans, has every right to voice his opinion on issues, but has no right to diminish the severity of the crimes perpetrated by the Nazi’s by comparing them to Democratic policies. This sort of irresponsible propaganda is not only offensive, but also serves to portray policy disagreements in an evil way that is meant to provide an excuse for people to act out violently. These sorts of comparisons have no place in our politics or society!
On a separate note, Stewart also continued to distort the facts on the recently signed health care reform law and promised to keep causing trouble.
I intend on May 4, 2010 at 2 pm in Prince William County to pass a resolution, which will direct our county staff to refuse to administer the new Medicaid benefits. This, some will argue, will be unlawful. The only ones who can determine whether or not it is illegal is the court; and, the only one who can sue Prince William County or any other jurisdiction that refuses to administer these benefits is the Commonwealth of Virginia. And in that responsibility lies with the Attorney General of Virginia, Mr. Ken Cuccinelli.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I don’t know where this is going to end, I don’t know what the end game is. All I know is that this is going to shake things up, cause a little trouble. But, I kind of like that frankly. And I do know that we all have a responsibility to do something.
Stewart and Cuccinelli are two peas in a pod, they would both rather waste precious government reasons on trying or defending unnecessary lawsuits then use our limited resources to support our schools, fix our transportation mess or to fund a litany of other areas that effect our quality of life within the Commonwealth. They are both intent on using their offices to push their political agendas, using taxpayer dollars to do so. Enough is enough.