Fishy Right-Wingers Accuse Obama Of Recruiting Nazi Snitches

With the Congress in recess, Republicans and their rightist allies have taken to the streets to attack President Obama’s agenda, particularly with regard to healthcare. It has already been well documented that much of the protest has been orchestrated by lobbyists and partisan political groups. Their efforts have also been aided by the rightist media including Fox News, the Wall Street Journal, talk radio, etc. The Fox Nation is so heavily involved that it featured eight separate stories on its web site yesterday on the phony town hall disturbances (and four more today).

After observing this all-out campaign by insurance industry-backed rightist mobs to disrupt public discourse in town halls and other public events, the Obama administration responded by having White House Communications Director Linda Douglass set the record straight. The video in which she appears is posted on the White House web site along with an invitation for citizens to help debunk the rapidly spreading disinformation:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care.  These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation.  Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to

Naturally, the right wing lie machine immediately seized on this as an outrageous invasion of privacy and an abuse of executive power. They are casting it as a Big Brother style operation to pit neighbor against neighbor. One Tea Partier said that Obama wants to “turn everyone into a Nazi snitch.” The only problem is that nowhere in the appeal is there anything remotely suggesting that people turn in other people. Furthermore, there is no threat associated with the disclosure of the rumors that the White House is seeking to be apprised of. The only thing they are interested in is the substance of the attacks on their proposals so that they can rebut them.

But that hasn’t stopped the allegations of intimidation from erupting out of the depths of the Tea Bagging brigades. Shock and outrage is being expressed from every direction. The National Review, the Washington Times, Hot Air, and of course, Fox News. Fox News has also aired a segment on this in which they revealed that Rush Limbaugh has joining this parade of paranoia. What’s more, both CQPolitics and the Washington Independent have uncovered plots to commit virtual disruptions by spamming the White House’s email inbox.

Even Texas GOP Senator John Cornyn is getting into the act with a letter to the President in which he alleges that this is a Nixonesque enemies list:

“By requesting that citizens send ‘fishy’ emails to the White House, it is inevitable that the names, email addresses, IP addresses, and private speech of U.S. citizens will be reported to the White House. You should not be surprised that these actions taken by your White House staff raise the specter of a data collection program. As Congress debates health care reform and other critical policy matters, citizen engagement must not be chilled by fear of government monitoring the exercise of free speech rights.”

To reiterate, the White House is NOT asking for anyone’s name, email address, IP address, or any other data connected to one’s identity. They are asking only to be informed of arguments against their health care proposals so that they can respond with the facts. Cornyn is reaching new heights of hypocrisy by feigning concern for chilling the exercise of free speech rights when he supports the Tea Baggers who are preventing such speech in local town hall meetings. He further embarrasses himself by saying that he would have also condemned the Bush White House should they have engaged in a similar invasion of privacy. Except that he did no such thing when he voted for warrantless wiretapping.

As it turns out, it is a good thing that the White House now has a facility for reporting the fishy assertions of fatuous fringe dwellers who have trouble with facts. Perhaps we should start by reporting the idiotic claim that the President is recruiting Nazi snitches.


3 thoughts on “Fishy Right-Wingers Accuse Obama Of Recruiting Nazi Snitches

  1. I find it scary that we condone spying on anyone right or left. I think if it was the left who were protesting they have that right. I would NEVER try and take that away no matter how loud or even obnoxious it can get.And to label them anything other than Americans boasting their rights as Americans to speak out against something they disagree with. Problem is people like you and other Blogonuts who feel that restricting someone’s freedom of speech ends with what YOU oppose. What happens when you find something you don’t agree with and it’s YOUR turn to be added to the list? For that reason I support YOUR right to post crap like this whether I agree with it or not because you HAVE that right and no matter what NO ONE should silence you or take that right away even if they think you are COMPLETELY wrong.

    • Thanks for respecting my free speech rights.

      I do need to point out, however, that you are still missing the point. No one is spying on anyone. How can it be more clear? The White House request was ONLY for people to pass on the myths and rumors about health care reform so that rebuttals can be given. No names, email addresses, IPs, or ANY OTHER identifying info. Let me spell it out for you:

      They DON’T want: “My neighbor Frank Johnson opposes health care reform.”
      They DO want: “I heard that there are panels that will force me into euthanasia.”

      Get it? No spying. Nothing even close. Please stop fretting over imaginary threats of government overlords that were invented by dishonest opponents of reform who want only to spread lies and fear.

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