The LaRouche Cult and the Health Care Protests
After noting that the disturbed woman who accused Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) of supporting a “Nazi policy” was a LaRouche cultist, I checked out the trove of videos that LaRouche’s Virginia-based organization has made available since the health care debate began; they upload new ones at least once daily at their YouTube channel. And comparing their rhetoric to the rhetoric of mainstream Republicans is downright eerie. Take this video, in which Leandra Bernstein of LaRouchePAC.com makes the case that a “mass strike” is on.
Predictably, the LaRouchePAC takes full credit for the protests against Democratic members of Congress: “The White House has been in a defensive flight forward fit ever since Lyndon LaRouche and LaRouchePAC exposed his Nazi health reform.”
The protesters are real Americans: “It is not a group of Brooks Brothers-wearing protesters or highly-paid, highly-groomed astroturf organizations.”
The death panel threat is real: “The population as a whole has come to realize that their lives are being directly threatened by Obama’s health policy.”
The firstname.lastname@example.org campaign was a “snitch” program: “They have called for informants to monitor the Internet for criticism of the White House’s reform policy.”
The president’s advisers support euthanasia: “They’ve seen Ezekiel Emanuel’s utilitarian scheme to calculate the value of a human life, and his recommendation to euthanize patients with conditions that are cost-ineffective, or the patients that the state deems unfit due to age, disability, or disease.” That point is illustrated by this ultra-classy image:
Now, obviously, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would never make a comparison like that. But compare her rhetoric to the LaRouchePAC’s.
This has always been a smear against Emanuel, an outspoken opponent of euthanasia. It’s the sort of thing that would usually be limited to the LaRouche cult. But it hasn’t been limited to them.