Skip to comments.Maine gov apologizes for 'Gestapo' remark
Posted on 07/09/2012 12:41:21 PM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
(CNN) - Maine Gov. Paul LePage apologized Monday for referring to the Internal Revenue Service as the "Gestapo" in his weekly radio address over the weekend.
"It was not my intent to insult anyone, especially the Jewish Community, or minimize the fact that millions of people were murdered," the Republican governor said in a statement.
In a speech Saturday blasting the Supreme Court's recent decision to uphold President Barack Obama's health care reform, LePage directly addressed the high court's ruling of the law's penalty as a "tax."
He argued that Congress could now use its taxation power to "compel behavior or lack thereof," and asked what the government would do next: "More taxes if we don't drive Toyota Priuses or if we eat too much junk food or maybe even pea soup?"
He continued: "This decision has made America less free. We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo -- the I.R.S."
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*Sigh*. ANOTHER spineless wonder.
(((YAWN))) Apologies are a dime a dozen these days. Everybody is apologizing these days. Some are even apologizing for apologizing.
Surely Jews were not the only folks in Germany who were left to the tender mercies of the Gestapo? This is ridiculous.
Big, big, big mistake!
I think the only thing faster than a Demonrat stealing your liberty and money is a Republican making an apology for an accurate statement.
I said something that might offend somebody!
Typical RINO weasel.
As a Mainer I thought his comment was right on. He could have used today’s statement as an opportunity to slam not only the IRS but the TSA, EPA and the list goes on. I’m sorry he apologized (even though it seemed like a weak apology).
If the tactics fit ....
Of course the Jews weren’t the only people arrested by the gestapo but the bigger question is how is pointing out Gestapo-like characteristics in the IRS in any way offensive to Jews? Is the IRS a primarily Jewish organization?
Are we never allowed to cite NAZI history when analyzing current events because such references are possibly offensive to Jews? And just how are they offensive to Jews? I thought we were SUPPOSED to remember.
The illogic here is monumental.
Why am I not surprised.
It’s about evil and something larger than only Jews. It’s about evil and humanity.
No sane American would have wanted the IRS to be medical police! And I would imagine a lot of IRS folks will quit, not wanting to be a part of that either. Taxes yes, medical police no!
He could well have pointed out that just as the Gestapo were a baleful presence in the lives of both Jews and non-Jews, this new medical police IRS would be too. Also, don’t a disproportionate (per capita compared to non-Jews) number of Jews go on to be doctors? This mutant IRS will be breathing down their necks too.
Says it all...are there ANY men left in this country?
Didn’t the IRS take it as a compliment to their new efficiency though?
"In times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act".
He got his point across, What has been said cannot be unsaid, the appoligy was flack catching.
It wouldn't surprise me one bit. I'll bet they're even hoping for some snappy new uniforms to go along with their updated reputation.
And another point is that the NAZIs didn’t start out transporting Jews to gas chambers. They started out with a whole host of minor oppressive laws that only later culminated in the Holocaust.
The whole point of “never again” is to never again sit with your thumb up your ass while an oppressive government turns you into a herd animal headed for a slaughter house.
To apologize for his originally insightful Gestapo remark is to show an ignorance of history that is truly breathtaking.
No apology needed. Quit being a wuss.
Never never never never never never never do the Obamaphiles apologize.
Screw the PC crowd. Everyone KNEW what you were referring to, governor.
Sarah Palin and Michele Bachman seem to be the only Republicans with BALLS.
Here, lets pretend he has a backbone and write a response for him.
"I said it and I meant it! Granting the IRS the power to garner wages, seize property, fine and imprison people as a penalty for not following any arbitrary presidential mandate that comes down the line is certainly guaranteed to promote Gestapo like behavior from both the IRS and the government officials controlling it. The potential for abuse is staggering. Innocent freedom loving American families are being attacked."
There! Thats what I imagine a real red-blooded American would say.
Excellent response! Absolutely excellent! And 1000% true.
But if there are 10 elected Republicans, in our entire Republic, with the spine to speak such simple and obvious truth, I would be grateful... and greatly surprised.
Why not a non apology apology? He should have said that he apologizes to anyone that was offended except for IRS and those that support the IRS.
Let me guess...that fat left-wing gasbag Abe Foxman complained, right?
The Swiss banking association was forced to apologise last night for remarks by its chairman that the activities of Germany's BND intelligence agency in a nationwide crackdown on tax evaders were reminiscent of the Gestapo.
In a statement issued last night, the Swiss banking association said Pierre Mirabaud, its president, "regretted the impression that could have been conveyed when he talked about Gestapo methods in relation to the German intelligence service".
Driscoll Australias taxation system is currently ranked extremely poorly by World Bank/Pricewaterhouse Coopers rankings yet Gillards Gestapo wants to hang small business.
The United Retail Federation, a peak national industry body representing retailers and small business across Australia, has condemned the approach of the Australian Taxation Office in ramping up public hangings on small business cash transactions labelling them the hypocritical Gillard Gestapo
How does this "insult" anyone (other than the IRS - who richly deserve it)?
The man speaks the truth.
I live in Maine and Gov. Paul LePage is no RINO. He is actually one of the most conservative governors in the U.S......he’s rough around the edges, but that’s part of his appeal.
Part of his “apology” reads as follows....
“Clearly, what has happened is that the use of the word Gestapo has clouded my message,” he said, saying the health care law “rations” care and could “negatively impact millions of Americans.”
“We are no longer a free people. With every step that Obamacare moves forward, our individual freedoms are being stripped away by the Federal Government. This should anger all Americans,” he said.
By the way, two days after he took office in January, 2011, LePage ended Maine’s status as a sanctuary state for illegal aliens. Gov. LePage also ordered the removal of a multi-paneled mural in the headquarters of Maine’s state Dept. of Labor in Augusta, saying the mural was too pro-union and didn’t show the contributions made to Maine by business.
As mayor of Waterville, Maine, LePage attended a local breakfast every year on Martin Luther King Day. When activists demanded LePage attend another Martin Luther King breakfast in a larger city, LePage told them to “kiss my ass.” He and the GOP members of the Maine Senate and Maine House have cut income taxes by a substantial amount.
The libs in Maine absolutely hate this guy with a passion.....he drives them up the wall. That makes him OK in my book. He pisses off all the right people.