By Calvin Palmer
The FBI and police have launched an investigation after a swastika was painted outside Rep. David Scott’s district office in Georgia.
Scott’s staff arrived at his Smyrna, Georgia, office yesterday morning to find the Nazi graffiti emblazoned on a sign bearing the lawmaker’s name.
A week ago, the Atlanta Democrat was involved in a confrontational argument over healthcare at a community meeting.
Scott, who is black, said he also has received mail in recent days that used N-word references to him, and that characterized President Barack Obama as a Marxist.
“We have got to make sure that the symbol of the swastika does not win, that the racial hatred that’s bubbling up does not win this debate,” Scott said. “There’s so much hatred out there for President Barack Obama.”
Scott, who represents a majority-white district near Atlanta, said that racism is isolated but it cannot be ignored.
He said the swastika probably was intended as a warning but hopes, instead, it persuades reasonable people to maintain a more substantive debate over healthcare changes.
“We must not allow it to intimidate us,” he said.
At a community meeting in Douglasville, Georgia, on August 1, Scott angrily yelled at protesters who peppered him with questions and complaints about Democratic healthcare proposals. He has said he was upset that they interrupted a meeting that was supposed to be about plans for a new highway in the area.
This incident seems to confirm what I have been saying since last year’s presidential election campaign, namely, elements in, and supporting, the Republican Party are simply Nazis in suits.
The distortion of the truth and poisoning of minds, which emanate from the likes of Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh and others, bears a striking resemblance to the kind of propaganda developed by Joseph Goebbels to bring the Nazi Party to power and sustain a morally corrupt regime.
Already, Sarah Palin has described the healthcare reforms as “evil”. What kind of adjective is that to apply to reforms that could benefit millions?
The only “evil” in the matter belongs to Sarah Palin and those who support her. It is also a measure of just how bankrupt she is in terms of ideas.
Just as she did little to calm the abusive remarks aimed at Obama at her election rallies, a condemnation of this Nazi graffiti will be a long time in coming on her Facebook page. And yet, if she really is the upstanding and noble citizen that she proclaims to be, her condemnation should be writ large and she should denounce those supporters who find such an act of vandalism perfectly acceptable.
Here in Jacksonville, there will be hardly a murmur of outrage from the Ponte Vedra brigade, which floods the letters page of The Florida Times-Union with right-wing diatribes and mis-information.
I just hope the good people within the Republican Party, for the sake of democracy in the United States of America, wake up and expel the right-wing zealots along with the thugs and lackeys in the media who act in their name.
The likes of Palin, Limbaugh, as well as their acolytes, need to be told in no uncertain terms that they have no place in the Republican Party of the 21st century.
Instead of sheltering behind the skirts of the GOP, these fascists should be told to form their own party, where they can advance as many medieval policies as they like. And the rest of us can rest easy in the knowledge that, with due vigilance, they will never gain political control.
[Based on a report by the Associated Press.]