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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jun-26-07 01:41 PM
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44. As charming as your circumstantial cherry picking is, as flattering as your cheap name calling is...
the fact remains that Schwarzenegger's history involves no actual Naziism. Is he an egomaniac? Yes. Is he a macho poser? Sure. Is he doing the typical California Republican cheap "law and order" routine? Obviously. But that doesn't make him an actual nazi.

Has he implemented any Nazi policies? No. Does he advocate military aggression? No. Is he cultivating bigotry and xenophobia against a hated minority group? Well, I don't like his immigration policies, but he's not exactly cultivating hatred. When he made his offensive "turn off Spanish TV" remarks, it's worth noting he did so to a largely Hispanic audience. He explicitly states that he is in favor of legal immigration, which obviously a Nazi wouldn't be. He supports relatively tolerant policies toward gays, compared to most of the Republican party thinks. He isn't demagoguing on touchstone issues like abortion or gay marriage. And you'd never see a Nazi favoring tax cuts.

Is he shutting down the elctions process? No. Is he clamping down on dissent? No. Is he nationalizing state industries and mandating longer working hours? No. Is he destroying labor unions? No. Is he rounding up clergy? No. Is he shutting down newspapers? No. Is he banning opposition political parties? No. Is he confiscating private businesses and handing them over to his cronies? No.

So yes, he said some tacky things about Hitler when he was a young, vain celebrity. Now that he's an old vain celebrity, he's saying nothing of the kind--and this during a career in which he's said a LOT of stupid things. And yes, his father, a cop in Austria in the 1930s and 1940s, was a Nazi. I'm sorry that I don't buy into your "sins of the father" argument. But Schwarzenegger himself is not a nazi. He's not doing nazi things. He's not advocating Nazi policies. He's not issuing Nazi propaganda.

He's not a nazi. Your suggestion that he is, on the other hand, is a pretty crass form of stereotyping.
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