Walk of Shame: Richard Land
Richard Land was the keynote speaker at the Christian Coalition of Florida's "God and Country Banquet." Land told the crowd, the Obama administration's health care reform attempt is reminiscent of the of the Nazis.
“Let’s remember,” Land added, “the first 10,000 victims of the Holocaust were not Jews, they were mentally handicapped German children who were gassed and burned in ovens because they were considered to have … lives unworthy of life,” citing the Nazi ideology used to rationalize the Holocaust.
Land went further off the rails on the crazy train, by comparing Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, the White House chief healthcare advisor to Josef Mengele. Emanuel is jewish. The comparison is outrageously idiotic. The Anti-Defamation League took Land to task and he is now backtracking. Land's apology letter doesn't pass the laugh test.
It was never my intention to equate the Obama administration’s healthcare reform proposals with anything related to the Holocaust. My concern, which is clear when the remarks are reviewed in context, was about the potential denial of healthcare to the elderly, the infirm, the disabled and the unborn.
It was Land's intention to compare the Obama administration to the Nazis. There was no other reason for Land to use such rhetoric. Wingnuts love making such outragous statements amongst themselves. They won't defend their views publicly.
Now that I have had the opportunity to speak with you personally and reflect on my words, I deeply regret the reference to Dr. Josef Mengele. I was using hyperbole for effect and never intended to actually equate anyone in the Obama administration with Dr. Mengele.
Land gave a speech comparing Emanuel to Josef Mengele. We are to believe he didn't intend to give that speech. I have written thousands of posts on this blog. Would anyone believe I never intended to pen those posts? Land will do the walk of shame. If Land wants people to believe he learned his lesson then argue positions based on facts. Inflammatory rehetoric is a cheap way to try to win an argument.