A Texas Republican congresswoman told colleagues on that House floor Wednesday that a columnist who accused Obama of planting the seeds for a Nazi state is a “brilliant man.”
The little noticed quip was picked up by the liberal blog ThinkProgress late Wednesday.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) quoted conservative columnist Thomas Sowell, who declared in an opinion piece that Obama’s effort to set up a $20 billion fund for those whose livelihoods were damaged by BP’s oil spill signals that Ã¢â‚¬Å“American democracy is being dismantled, piece by piece, before our very eyes.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a brilliant man named Thomas Sowell. And, um, I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but I sure would have voted for Thomas Sowell. This man, well, his article says quite a lot. His editorial, um, says here Ã¢â‚¬â€ and itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s just been posted this week Ã¢â‚¬â€ but it says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“When Adolph Hitler was building up the Nazi movement in the 1920Ã¢â‚¬â„¢sÃ¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬â€ and IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m quoting from Thomas Sowell in his editorial:
Ã¢â‚¬Ëœleading up to his taking power in the 1930s, he deliberately sought to activate people who did not normally pay much attention to politics. Such people were a valuable addition to his political base, since they were particularly susceptible to HitlerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rhetoric and had far less basis for questioning his assumptions or his conclusions. Ã¢â‚¬ËœUseful idiotsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ was the term supposedly coined by V.I. Lenin to describe similarly unthinking supporters of his dictatorship in the Soviet Union.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢
And this isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t in the article Ã¢â‚¬â€ this is my comment Ã¢â‚¬â€ but we do have useful idiots today, who are heard to say, Ã¢â‚¬ËœWow, what we really need is for the president to be a dictator for a little while.Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ They know not what they say.