-"We demand that the State shall make it its primary duty to provide a livelihood for its citizens."
-"The activities of the individual must not clash within the framework of the community and be for the common good."
-"We demand economic reform suitable to our national requirements;"
-"The passing of a law instituting profit-sharing in large industrial enterprises;"
-"The creation of a livable wage"
-"We demand the treasonable system of health care be completely revolutionized."
-"We demand an end to the status quo in which people die or rot away from lack of proper treatment due to the failure of their medical coverage, Health Maintenance Organization, or insurance policy. "
-"We further demand the extensive development of insurance for old age and that prescription drugs be made both affordable and accessible. "
-"We demand the creation and maintenance of a healthy middle class, the immediate communalizing of big department stores and their lease at a cheap rate to small traders, and that the utmost consideration shall be shown to all small trades in the placing of state and municipal orders. "
-"The primary land reform will be to ensure all members of the nation receive affordable housing. The party as such stands explicitly for private property"
-"setting aside land for national wildlife refuges"
-"By cleaning the urban, agricultural, and hydrographical (water) areas of the nation"
-"By creating legislation regulating the amount of pollution, carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases , and toxins released into the atmosphere"
-"And for the continued research and development of clean burning fuels and energy sources"
-"The state must consider a thorough reconstruction of our national system of education with the aim of opening up to every able and hardworking American the possibility of higher education and of thus obtaining advancement"
-"We demand the education of gifted children of poor parents, whatever their class or occupation, at the expense of the state"
-"To put the whole program into effect, we demand the creation of a strong central national government for the nation; the unconditional authority of the political central parliament over the entire nation and its organizations; and the formation of committees for the purpose of carrying out the general legislation passed by the nation and the various American States"
If one didn't know any better, one might think that these select quotes were taken from the Democratic Party's website. Some of these were almost stated verbatim by then candidate Barak Obama. There is only one problem. These quotes didn't come from the Democratic party, but actually from the National Socialist Movement. A more well known name for this group is Neo Nazi.
Now, before you fly off the handle, understand that I don't believe that the Democratic party is aligned (intentionally) with the American Nazi movement. This is merely to clear up why there are tea party protesters ignorantly displaying images of Obama and swastikas. They are not Nazis as Nancy Pelosi has subtly suggested, they are merely making a sophomoric connection between the Demoratic party and Nazis. I guess the nomination of a black man for president wasn't a clear enough signal that Democrats don't really see eye to eye with the Nazi party.
To be frank, the Nazi party in America has more in common with American liberalism than anything else. But there is a HUGE glaring difference: Nazis are white supremacists, Democrats are not. In fact, Democrats seem to command a huge portion of minority votes in this country and are champions of immigration reform and entitlements for all, regardless of race or gender.
In the name of fairness, there are certain items (not many) that are more aligned to American conservative ideals, like this gem:
-The state must ensure that the nation's health standards are raised by protecting mothers, infants, and the unborn By prohibiting abortion and euthanasia, except in cases of rape, incest, race-mixing, or mental retardation & By creating conditions to make possible the reestablishment of the nuclear family in which the father works while the mother stays at home and takes care of the children if they so choose"
Maybe it's time to give the Nazi talk a rest. Homeland Security should stop giving the false impression that Nazism is a right-wing hate movement because clearly it is not. Likewise, conservatives should realize that politics makes for strange bedfellows and awkward political alliances. There are certainly extremist groups that identify more with hardcore conservative values that could prove to be a political liability in the future.
Let's assume the best in both political parties with regards to intent, and that neither wants to usher in the Fourth Reich. The real point to all of this is that trying to label a political opponent, either directly or by association as a Nazi is idiotic.
Update! Just for fun, check this out.