Sarah ˜The Qwitterer Palin encourages followers to read column warning that the BP escrow fund could lead to a Nazi-like dictatorship

One-time half-term Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) lashed out at White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on Twitter earlier this week — telling him “u lie” for saying that many Republicans agree with Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) that the White House shook down BP to create a $20 billion escrow fund to help Gulf families.

Of course, Barton’s sentiment is not unique among conservatives, as The Qwitterer herself proved today.  TP has the story:

Taking to Twitter once again, Palin urged, “GOP: Don’t let the lamestream media suck you into ‘they’re defending BP over Gulf spill victims’ bs”¦”  She followed up by urging her followers to “read Thomas Sowell’s article,” which compares President Obama to Hitler:


If followers click on the link they will see that Sowell, under the headline, “Is U.S. Now On Slippery Slope To Tyranny?” argues that the escrow fund is just like the Enabling Act, which “gave Hitler dictatorial powers that were used for things going far beyond the relief of the German people “” indeed, powers that ultimately brought a rain of destruction down on the German people and on others.” On Tuesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) endorsed Sowell’s ludicrous Hitler-Obama comparison on House floor, calling the columnist “brilliant,” before quoting several lines from the piece. “It’s difficult to overstate how absurd all of this is,” Political Correction noted.

Cross posted from Think Progress.

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24 Responses to Sarah ˜The Qwitterer Palin encourages followers to read column warning that the BP escrow fund could lead to a Nazi-like dictatorship

  1. Rick Covert says:


    This is off-topic but what do you make of the resignation of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Australia. CBC radio attributed his fall from grace due to loss of support in his party due to his failure to enact binding CO2 emissions reduction legislation and a tax on coal mining.

  2. Peter Mizla says:

    Sister Sarah

    Funny- Obama does not fit the standard definition of a fascist- (which is what Hitler was) Palin, however does.

  3. Michael Tucker says:

    The Republican Party – the new Theater of the Absurd

    Led by radio talk show hosts and a failed Alaska Governor, the party has settled on a ‘one answer fits all strategy’: if you don’t like what your opponent says or does then they are like Hitler.

    That is all they got. They are completely intellectually barren.

  4. Sarah Palin says:

    …and, mind you, listening to me, can certainly -lead- to book burning…. honestly.

  5. Mark S says:

    OK, just noticed the photoshopped runners world send-up. Hilarious.

  6. Rabid Doomsayer says:

    The flip flops are flapping faster than on a run to the beach. What happened to Rahm you lie?

  7. David B. Benson says:

    Off-topic, I suppose, but Joe Romm might care to blog (in his always fine style) regarding

    [JR: It’s on the list.]

  8. For some time I’ve been alarmed (when not, frankly, bored) by the prevalence on the Internet sites I consult of political gossip and particularly the concentration on numbskull comments by the far right. Sarah Palin doesn’t need FOX or a right wing blogosphere to amplify her idiocy to superstardom–she’s got the left blogosphere working for her.

    Yes, eternal vigilance and all that, but progressive blogs are becoming little more than partisan sniping with annoying popup ads, and the kind of stupid ads that used to be in the back of magazines, now disguised as news stories.

    I don’t want to see Climate Progress go down that road. Climate is a serious issue, and news roundups like the one that precedes this post, as well as other relevant news and discussion, particularly the substantive discussions in the comments, are why I value this site and regularly check it. I can get Sarah Palin’s latest outrage repeated over and over at other sites and on cable.

    For me the problem isn’t necessarily the fact that so many progressive blogs are about opposition politics, but that there aren’t many sites that concentrate on substance, particularly in this by now fleeting time when Democrats are actually the governing party. I’d like to see more reflecting the governing part, the hard part.

    [JR: I don’t think there is a climate blog that devotes more space to politics and governing. BUT right now, the inability of anyone to govern this country is driven by the extra-Constitutional super majority requirement in the Senate coupled with the act that the minority party has been captured by the extremists. Palin as much as anyone picks the candidates for the GOBP and sets the agenda, especially in the energy arena. There are very good reasons progressives like to give her so much coverage…..]

  9. Chris Winter says:

    RE: Australia’s change of government and its likely effect on their climate policies, there’s some good discussion here:

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  11. Colorado Bob says:

    CARACAS, Venezuela — Fish and birds covered with tar-like oil are washing up on the eastern shores of Venezuela’s largest body of water, angering fishermen who fear their livelihood is at stake because of the country’s state-run oil company.

    Government officials claim their critics are exaggerating the size of the slick allegedly caused by pipeline leaks. But some 600 fishermen from Zulia state have vowed to take legal action.

    “Someone throws a fishing net down to the bottom and it comes out filled with oil,” said Alfonso Moreno, a 49-year-old fisherman.

  12. fj2 says:

    The reality is that Sarah Palin and the rabble she represents are the ones that follow the footsteps of Hitler and his ilk with their ignorance, threats of violence with guns, destructive self-interest, lies . . .

    . . . And, a cynicism that rips out the heart of the advance of civilization threatening its very survival.

  13. Leland Palmer says:

    Hmmm…my impression of fascism was that it was a marriage of corporate power with dictatorship and a heavily propagandized population.

    Socialism, though, ideally represents a grassroots revolt against corporate power, and involves using the state for the benefit of the majority of the population, including welfare and corporate regulation, or outright nationalization of corporate assets.

    Confusing socialism with fascism does not erase the distinction between them.

    Perhaps confusing the general population, and convincing them that a grassroots socialist revolution is equivalent to fascism is the actual aim of what Palin and Limbaugh claim. No doubt this deliberate confusion originated as a GOP talking point.

    I believe we really should seize corporate assets in the fight against climate change. I think that the coal fired power plants can be transformed to put carbon back underground, by combining biomass energy with carbon capture and storage. I think they should be seized and transformed into BECCS (BioEnergy with Carbon Capture and Storage) power plants by force.

    Other people believe that the coal fired power plants should just be shut down, which might also be an acceptable answer.

    Either way, what is required is a lessening of corporate power and diminishing the power of the “dictatorship of the rich”, IMO.

    So many dittoheads believing so much B.S. – it’s downright depressing.

  14. Leif says:

    Early Warning Signs of Fascism. By L. W. Britt.

    Powerful and continuing nationalism
    Disdain for human rights
    Identification of enemies/scapegoats
    Supremacy of the military
    Controlled mass media
    Obsession with national security
    Religion and government are intertwined
    Corporate power is protected
    Labor power is suppressed
    Didsdain for intellectuals and the arts
    Obsession with crime and punishment
    Rampant cronyism and corruption
    Fraudulent elections
    Rampant sexism

    Beginning to look like anyone you know?

  15. Prokaryote says:

    Maybe we could have a discussion about political systems or directives?

    James Lovelock: greenery vs democracy

    Bottom line – we can only tackle the climate crisis on a global scale, with everybody involved to curb emissions. We need regulation and standards for resource management and personal foot prints. And we need better information/intelligence sharing.

  16. Jim Groom says:

    ‘That woman is an idiot.’ That’s a quote from my 87 year old mother. Keith Olberman stole it from mom.

  17. fj2 says:

    Economic systems, corporations, humanity and the enigma of good governance.

    Perhaps like effective climate change solutions the evidence for methods of good governance lacks clarity — at least for some — but, there exists a modest optimism extracted from the relatively bloodless transformations of the Soviet Union and South Africa within our time.

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely is more tendency than reality and luckily not the absolute truth we experience every day.

    Systems and machines are capable of wonderful, marvelous, but often horrific efficiencies as is nature and the patterns are far from obvious though there’s the perception of positivity bias, an implicit human construction in the mathematics of mind where the plus sign is understood, embedded profoundly in visions of the future, the very nature of life, survival, and persistence; informed as good or bad, right or wrong, yes or no coded intimately in the state machines of state.

    There is tremendous beauty and functionality in being able to sculpt reality with intelligence as wildcard, secret weapon, and key where passion and compassion can help a great deal.

  18. Raul says:

    Hi fj2,
    That’s pretty.

  19. Peter Mizla says:


    Very good checklist of the elements of Fascism. In our debate on Climate Change- which is ‘Science’ the far right has always had a disdain for science.

    But watching you tube recently- Nelson Rockefeller warned at the 1960 Republican convention that right wing extremism was based on fear and hate- how right he was so long ago.

  20. Edward says:

    Fascist America, in 10 Easy Steps
    By Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green Publishing. Posted April 28,

    There are some things common to every state that’s made the
    transition to fascism. Author Naomi Wolf argues that all of them
    are present in America today.

    This is adapted from Wolf’s forthcoming book “The
    End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot.”

  21. Leland Palmer says:

    Hi prokaryote-
    “Maybe we could have a discussion about political systems or directives?”

    Oh, absolutely. What’s wrong with governments taking over energy production worldwide? What’s wrong with national energy companies? Many countries have state owned oil companies, for example.

    I agree with Lovelock. We’re going to have to take energy production out of the hands of private industry and the super rich. The only question is whether we will do it now, or wait until it is too late, IMO.

    Imagine the best scientists in the country working on corrosion resistant materials for topping cycles for biomass power plants, for example. Imagine a WWII scale effort to install baseload solar power tower plants in the Southwest, with high voltage DC power lines distributing that electricity to the rest of the country. Imagine many of the dams and reservoirs in the country adding additional higher altitude small reservoirs in the surrounding hills for pumped water energy storage, to provide power on demand. Imagine a Manhattan project for engineered geothermal projects. Imagine another Manhattan project for wind energy resources, another one for concentrating photovoltaics, another one for Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion, wave power, and tidal power. Imagine nationalizing the coal fired power plants nationwide, and transforming many of them into Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage power plants, converting many of them to natural gas, some of them far from sources of biomass into very safely designed nuclear power plants, perhaps.

    It’s all possible, but we can’t do it so long as Wall Street is so rich, so intransigent, and so much in control of the media, IMO.

    I look around at the inaction, and I wonder “what’s wrong with this picture?”.

    What’s wrong, I am convinced, is that the plutocratic leaders of this country want to drill for oil in the Arctic, under our current Arctic sea ice. I believe that the weapons corporations might also look forward to increased arms sales due to increased levels of conflict. I believe that other segments of the national security and intelligence elites want to use global warming as a weapon against the poor countries that will be impacted by global warming disproportionately, at first.

    Little progress can be made so long as a plutocratic elite control the news and mass communications media in this country, IMO.

  22. Prokaryote says:

    Imagine we start a space colonization race, if we ever fix the climate – removing greenhouse gases(controlling the atmosphere).

    We would need on a global scale
    – Clean energy
    – Resource preservation and management
    – Carbon negative action (mostly farmers)
    – Basic income – social security
    – Free access to knowledge & media (Alternative compensation system)

    It requires a lot of new orientation, adaption and mitigation but above points strengthen the basis for any global scale approach to catastrophic climate changes.


    The period between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries is commonly described as mercantilism. This period was associated with geographic exploration of the Age of Discovery being exploited by merchant overseas traders, especially from England and the Low Countries; the European colonization of the Americas; and the rapid growth in overseas trade. Mercantilism was a system of trade for profit, although commodities were still largely produced by non-capitalist production methods.

    While some scholars see mercantilism as the earliest stage of modern capitalism, others argue that modern capitalism did not emerge until later. For example, Karl Polanyi, noted that “mercantilism, with all its tendency toward commercialization, never attacked the safeguards which protected [the] two basic elements of production—labor and land—from becoming the elements of commerce”; thus mercantilist attitudes towards economic regulation were closer to feudalist attitudes, “they disagreed only on the methods of regulation.”

    Moreover Polanyi argued that the hallmark of capitalism is the establishment of generalized markets for what he referred to as the “fictitious commodities”: land, labor, and money. Accordingly, “not until 1834 was a competitive labor market established in England, hence industrial capitalism as a social system cannot be said to have existed before that date.”

    That’s ruffly 200 years of capitalism. Given, acceleration, progress and advancements could mean we transform our systems in 20 years.

    Further consider, population scenarios always assume we stick with fossil energy and keep the destructive path to our ecosystems.

    Maybe humans are not capable to transition in the necessary time and civilization will drift into a more chaotic state.

    But considering further

    Continuity theorists believe that what appears to be a technological revolution at the onset of the Upper Paleolithic is most likely a result of increased cultural exchange resulting from a growing human population. Some continuity theorists also argue that the rapid pace of cultural evolution during the Upper Paleolithic transition may have been triggered by adverse environmental conditions such as aridity arising from glacial maxima. They further dispute that anatomical modernity predates behavioral modernity, stating that changes in human anatomy and behavioral changes occurred stepwise. The findings of Curtis Marean and his colleagues of fishing and symbolic behavior dating to 164,000 years ago on the southern African coast strongly support this analysis.

    With climate change becoming more pronounced we see now an acceleration in human evolution. The question is just how fast will this happen – the problematic is complex, because it can be solved only on a global scale. How fast can we learn?

  23. sailrick says:

    Sowell is an over educated idiot. He always includes the phrase, “lets stop and think” and then launches into the most bizarre pretzel logic to defend the indefensible.