Appearances can be deceiving

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Democrat Keith Ellison, America’s first and only Muslim congressman, was cited yesterday as comparing President Bush to Adolph Hitler, albeit indirectly. On-line in the Telegraph.co.uk, Ellison is quoted as comparing the 9/11 atrocities to the Reichstag fire of 1933. The burning of the German Parliament provided justification for the Fuhrer to ask for and receive special emergency powers which essentially were never rescinded.

“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that,” Mr Ellison said. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”

While similar comparisons have been making the rounds on the Internet for years and are now accompanied by a growing body of published literature, such statements are not going to help Ellison’s political career. Most likely he risks being relegated to the badlands occupied by the lunatic fringe, shunned by the party’s power brokers. Just as likely, his religion will be used by his detractors to partially dismiss his comments – a sympathizer with the enemy, a spiritual “fellow traveller”. He certainly won’t be getting support from the Democratic party and its money making apparatus.

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