Senator: US Is Where Germany Was Before WWII

Oh, and we're like Iran and Venezuela, too, says DeMint
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2009 11:20 AM CDT
Jim DeMint, R-SC, talks to the media about South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford during a book signing for his new book "Saving Freedom" at Books-a-Million Wednesday, July 1, 2009, in Aiken, SC.   (AP Photo/Mary Ann Chastain)
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(Newser) – South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint apparently thinks Barack Obama is a lot like Hitler. “Where we are, we’re about where Germany was before World War II where they became a social democracy,” he said at a National Press Club event last night to promote his new book, Saving Freedom. “You still had votes but the votes were just power grabs like you see in Iran, and other places in South America, like Chavez is running down in Venezuela.”

DeMint said he’d met an Iranian immigrant who was terrified by Obama’s government spending spree, and warned his audience to listen, reports the Washington Independent. “They understand socialism. They understand tyrants. When our immigrants get here, they’re worried, because they see it happening here.” He said in his mind it was the “eleventh hour” for freedom in America, though he ruled out an actual violent revolution.