Bush Equals Hitler And Mussolini
Well, at least we’re getting some progress: Bush is now comparable to two of the Fascist leaders who butchered millions of people rather than just one.
A prominent federal judge has told a conference of liberal lawyers that President BushÃ¢€™s rise to power was similar to the accession of dictators such as Mussolini and Hitler. Ã¢€œIn a way that occurred before but is rare in the United StatesÃ¢€¦somebody came to power as a result of the illegitimate acts of a legitimate institution that had the right to put somebody in power. That is what the Supreme Court did in Bush versus Gore. It put somebody in power,Ã¢€ said Guido Calabresi, a judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which sits in Manhattan.
Ã¢€œThe reason I emphasize that is because that is exactly what happened when Mussolini was put in by the king of Italy,Ã¢€ Judge Calabresi continued, as the allusion drew audible gasps from some in the luncheon crowd Saturday at the annual convention of the American Constitution Society. Ã¢€œThe king of Italy had the right to put Mussolini in, though he had not won an election, and make him prime minister. That is what happened when Hindenburg put Hitler in. I am not suggesting for a moment that Bush is Hitler. I want to be clear on that, but it is a situation which is extremely unusual,Ã¢€ the judge said.
Judge Calabresi, a former dean of Yale Law School, said Mr. Bush has asserted the full prerogatives of his office, despite his lack of a compelling electoral mandate from the public. Ã¢€œWhen somebody has come in that way, they sometimes have tried not to exercise much power. In this case, like Mussolini, he has exercised extraordinary power. He has exercised power, claimed power for himself; that has not occurred since Franklin Roosevelt who, after all, was elected big and who did some of the same things with respect to assertions of power in times of crisis that this president is doing,Ã¢€ he said.
The 71-year-old judge declared that members of the public should, without regard to their political views, expel Mr. Bush from office in order to cleanse the democratic system. “ThatÃ¢€™s got nothing to do with the politics of it. ItÃ¢€™s got to do with the structural reassertion of democracy,Ã¢€ Judge Calabresi said.
His remarks were met with rousing applause from the hundreds of lawyers and law students in attendance.