Monday, April 18, 2005

Michael: Faux American Quote Quiz

Let’s play the Faux Quote Challenge. I quote it; you guess who said or wrote it. I’ll give you some likely cadidates for each quote to help you out.

"You are an American. You should treasure your homeland higher than anything else in the world. Your first responsibility in this world is to be a good American. You must not beg for the rights of your citizens, but demand them. Heaven blesses only those who use their fists to secure their rights."

- John Ashcroft? Tom DeLay?

"Citizenship rights belong only to those who are worthy and have American blood. America citizenship must become the powerful cement which binds together everything American throughout the world."

- Tom Tancredo?

"In America, the press, art, and literature will not be free, but handmaidens of the State in order to educate the people to a sense of honor and decency."

- Sam Brownback? Rick Santorum?

"We want this state to be based upon true Christianity. To be a Christian does not mean a cowardly turning of the other cheek, but a struggle for justice and a fighter against all injustice."

- George W. Bush? Tom DeLay?

"A culture of life must therefore begin by raising marriage from the level of a continuous defilement... and give it the consecration of an institution which is called upon to produce images of the Lord.... The culture of life must make up for what everyone else today has neglected in this field. It must set life in the center of policy. It must take care to preserve life... It must be considered reprehensible to withhold healthy children from the nation. Here the state must act as the guardian of the unborn in the face of which the wishes and the selfishness of the individual must appear as nothing and submit. It must put the most modern medical means in the service of this knowledge."

- Bill Frist? James Dobson?

"Force determines the way of life. Right exists only when it is created and protected by power and force. It bespeaks the greatness of a people if it can find the strength to raise itself upward."

- John Bolton? Paul Wolfowitz?

"The idea of struggle is as old as life itself, for life is only preserved because other living things perish through struggle.... In this struggle, the stronger, the more able win, while the less able, the weak lose. Struggle is the father of all things. Only through struggle has man raised himself above the animal world. Even today it is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle. As it is with the individual so it is in the destiny of nations. Only by struggle are the strong able to raise themselves above the weak. And every people that loses out in this eternally shifting struggle has, according to the laws of nature, received its just desert. A worldview that denies the idea of struggle is contrary to nature and will lead a people that is guided by it to destruction. The road that must be traveled by a people which wishes to develop itself still higher is not the road of comfort and ease, but the road of relentless struggle. For if you do not fight for life, then life will never be won."

- Richard Perle? William Kristol?

"It would today be a far more statesmanlike achievement to drum once more into this American people a new faith than gradually to squander the only faith they have.... The more you bring a people back into the sphere of faith, of ideals, the more will it cease to regard material distress as the one and only thing that counts."

- Dick Cheney? Karl Rove?

"I must not measure the speech of a statesman to his people by the impression which it leaves on a university professor, but by the effect it exerts on the people. And this alone gives the standard for the speaker's genius."

- Ari Fleischer? Scott McClellan?

"The Republi can party should not become a constable of public opinion, but must dominate it."

- Tommy Thompson defending the use of Federal money for propaganda?

"How to achieve the moral breakdown of the enemy before the war has started -- that is the problem that interests me. Whoever has experienced war at the front will want to refrain from all avoidable bloodshed."

- Gen. Tommy Franks or Donald Rumsfeld speaking of the "Shock and Awe" campaign?

"Any alliance whose purpose is not the intention to wage war is senseless and useless"

- Dick Cheney on the use of ad hoc alliances in foriegn policy? John Bolton speaking of the UN or NATO?

"How fortunate for leaders that men do not think."

-Karl Rove? Norman Podhoretz?

"The broad masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force."

- Karen Hughes? Ari Fleischer?

"The leader of genius must have the ability to make different opponents appear as if they belonged to one category."

- Karl Rove? Ken Mehlman?

"The victor will never be asked if he told the truth."

- George W. Bush? Donald Rumsfeld?

"Who says I am not under the special protection of God?"

- Tom DeLay? George W. Bush?

"I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator"

-George W. Bush?

"It is always more difficult to fight against faith than against knowledge."

- Jerry Falwell? Judge Roy Moore?

"Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future."

- Donald Rumsfeld? Richard Perle?

"I use emotion for the many and reserve reason for the few."

- Bush Speechwriter William McGurn? Bush’s First-Term Speechwriter Michael Gerson?

"This human world of ours would be inconceivable without the practical existence of a religious belief."

- Fellowship Foundation member Senator Jim DeMint? Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma?

"For the political leader the religious doctrines and institutions of his people must always remain inviolable."

- Dr. Rick Scarborough? Phyllis Schlafly?

Nope to all the above. As plausible as many of these attributions may seem, every single one of these quotes is from the writings or speeches of Adolph Hitler. Small modifications have be made in some quotes to fit them to current terminology and Neo-Con catch-phrasology, but the underlying meaning remains unchanged.

I hate to sucumb to Godwin’s Law votuntarily, but someone has to do it. Welcome to the American Reich... er, Right.

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