Politics

October 26, 2012

Bill Nemitz: Linda Bean evokes Hitler in rant on Obama

Is Barack Obama comparable to a man who helped murder 11 million people? One Maine lobster-roll saleswoman says "yes."

By Bill Nemitz bnemitz@pressherald.com
Columnist

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But back to Obama.

Bean warns her onetime allies in the fight against tyranny that it's pure folly to assume they'll have another chance to elect Ron Paul, or maybe his son, Rand, four years from now.

If Obama is re-elected, she writes, "America as we know it may well be gone in four years."

How so?

"We are on the precipice of losing our country!" laments Bean. "4 years from now we may not even have a ballot."

Now many will rightfully dismiss all of this as the ranting of a woman who needs to spend a little less time standing over those steaming lobster pots.

But Bean is also a woman who lately has been putting her considerable money where her politics are -- witness the $10,830 she's poured into her Maine-based Defense of Liberty PAC to help more than a dozen (and counting) Republicans who are running for the Maine Legislature.

And she's a successful businesswomen with more than a few customers who would gag on their "perfect" Maine lobster rolls if they knew the woman behind the famous surname uses words like "HITLERIAN" to describe the nation's president.

Yeah, I know. All those nasty, hateful liberals called former President George W. Bush all kinds of over-the-top names back when he occupied the Oval Office -- and I'll readily agree that likening any president to Hitler was as repugnant then as it is now.

But this time feels different. As we mercifully enter the final days of this campaign, a current of anger flows through this country that is beyond political.

It's irrational. It's dangerous. And it's rooted, to borrow Bean's own words, in "inadequately educated" people who hate first and ask questions later -- if they ask them at all.

Want to know who Barack Obama really is? Sometime between now and Election Day, check out this YouTube video of a town meeting he did in New Orleans back in 2009.

There, a young African-American boy named Terrence Scott took the microphone, looked his president in the eye and asked, "Why do people hate you?"

Replied Obama, "If you are watching TV lately, it seems like everybody's getting mad all the time."

But, he assured the wide-eyed fourth-grader, "You shouldn't take it too seriously."

If only it were that simple.

Columnist Bill Nemitz can be contacted at 791-6323 or at:

bnemitz@mainetoday.co

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