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Depiction of Obama as Nazi Dictator Causes Stir in Naugatuck [Poll]

LaRouche PAC turns heads with radical sign during demonstration on Tuesday.

NAUGATUCK, CT -- Should freedom of speech and expression laws allow people to compare the U.S. President to a fascist dictator responsible for the deaths of several million people?

That is the question Naugatuck is grappling with after it became the latest stop on a tour by the LaRouche PAC, which aims to remove President Obama from office. 

The national group draws attention by standing outside of public places in front of a several eye-catching signs, including one that depicts Obama wearing a Hitler-like mustache. (Read more about the group’s message here.)

That is what happened Tuesday outside of the . Two LaRouche PAC activists from New Jersey, who said they came to Naugatuck because it’s just another place to spread their message, talked to anyone who would listen.

Some were angry. Some were pleased. Others just went about their business without batting an eyelash.

The LaRouche PAC has been using the Obama sign with a Hitler-like mustache since 2009. Reviews have been mixed all over the country. A picture of the sign caused a firestorm of emotions when it hit the Naugatuck Patch Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.

Activist Chris Sare, of New Jersey, co-organized Tuesday’s demonstration in Naugatuck.

Of the Obama sign, he said, “Some people are offended but when we actually explain to them what we’re saying — it goes back to the health care plan where he actually said that we’re going to cut waste out of Medicare. And he was explaining that there were too many people who get tests and treatment, especially as they get on in their later years. So that’s exactly what the Nazis did in 1939 to save money. They said, ‘Well this person’s life is not really worth the money; it’s a life not really worth living.’”

Naugatuck Mayor Bob Mezzo, a Democrat, said he doesn’t care what kind of explanation is given: he believes that kind of disrespect for our president is despicable.

“I think Patch gave these individuals and their ridiculous and distasteful message exactly what they wanted, which was publicity,” he said.

“Of course, I’m offended by it," he said of the Obama poster. "I’m really saddened the more I age by the fringe on the left and the right that just have to sensationalize our national debate to a ridiculous point when the overwhelming majority of our nation would like to have a debate about the solutions to the challenges we face as a country.

"That doesn’t mean those with conservative or a liberal ideologies shouldn’t voice their opinions in a public conversation. But it's sad when someone demonizes the president of the United States by comparing him to a fascist dictator who is responsible for the deaths of millions and millions of people. I say that as a Democrat, but people in my own party are just as guilty of doing the same thing when there is a Republican president."

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John W August 17, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Wow, and I thought the right wing conspiracy people were nuts. Sandy makes Glen Beck look like a middle of the road, undecided voter.
Roger Taube August 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM
S. M. is not being paid to rationalize, just to disagree.
Roger Taube August 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
A rational person would probably relate these seven item to obama creed.
Sandy Moore August 17, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Interesting how Republican supporters don't have an intellectual comeback so they just insult me. That is just pitiful. Where is the wit? Show me the truth, then? Have a good weekend anyway, "all."
Sandy Moore August 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM
I still love-hate ya! God made ya too!
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:13 AM
The Hitler analogy is actually rather accurate. Obama has furthered the Corporatist policies that both parties have been responsible for implementing. TARP Bailouts, Subsidies, Tax breaks for favored companies & tax hikes for others. All spit in the face of the Free-Market & fair competition, & equal opportunity. As far as fascist policies go, Obama continued Bush's constitution-undermining Patriot Act, & signed his own tyrannical Act known as the NDAA which allows for "indefinate detention" of American citizens, without ever a trial or seeing a lawyer. In fact these pieces of unconstitutional legislation allow the Executive Office (President), to order the killing of any PERSON in the World SUSPECTED of being a terrorist! WAKE UP!!!! Romney will be no better. He also supports the NDAA & Patriot Act. Romney was the first Governor to FORCE all of his "subjects" to purchase Health Insurance, just like Obama was the first President to do the same. They both support the Federal Reserve as it continues to destroy the Dollar & increase the Debt. BOTH Romney AND Obama's Top Campaign Contributor is GOLDMAN-SACHS, the Billionaire Bankster Bailout recipients!!! WAKE UP!!!
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:18 AM
Right on, Justin. Check out Ron Paul, though it's probably too late.
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:38 AM
Stop concerning yourself with what other people have that you don't, & start concerning yourself with getting back the freedoms you & the rest of us need to earn & KEEP a living for ourselves! Instead of taxing the heck out of anyone that makes enough to afford better than Fast Food for their family for dinner every night, how about keeping what you earn & take care of yourself!! It's not like we are $17 Trillion in Debt, because we need to fix Roads & Bridges, & basic governmental duties. Government Spending & Lawmaking is OUT-OF-CONTROL!!! The Bureaucracy is WAYYY TOO BIG!! You are letting your Jealousy fool you into building your Prison around you!!!! End the Federal Income Tax! Cut off the Life Blood to the Beast!! By the way........RON PAUL 2012!
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:44 AM
I prefer the American System of Jefferson, Henry, & Ron Paul...
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Obama & Romney are political clones of each other, only one has an R & one has a D next their name. Their major policies are nearly identical.
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:51 AM
That and the fact that Romney's policies are for the most part identical to Obama's, which were for the most part identical to, &/or an expantion of Bush's policies...
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:57 AM
Angela you are hopeless. A natural born collectivist. I'm not even gonna waste my time explaining Tyranny vs. Freedom to you. And don't even mention Bush or Romney to me as they support the same Authoritarian Collectivist policies that Obama does & serve the same Globalist Elite. All I can say is, check out RON PAUL.
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Not everyone.
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Need Ron Paul in there for it to be a true EAST TEXAS Pissing match... Nah that'd mess things up with actual intelligent debate... Let's just see who's -you-know-what is bigger, & elect him.
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 07:02 AM
It won't. Ron Paul would.
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 07:05 AM
Presidential Candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) - Not to be confused with Paul Ryan - Romney's VP
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 09:16 AM
How about abolishing the evil unconstitutional federal income tax completely & shrink the bloated tick that is the Federal Government!! Congress approval ratings are below 20%, the worst in history, & the Presidenct can never get beyond 50% approval due to the corrupt two-party scam of a system. We the People get next to NO REPRESENTATION! So why are we giving these war-mongering, money laundering, Elitists our hard earned livings?! - "The Government that governs Least, governs Best" - Thomas Jefferson -"Government is Force. And like Fire, it is dangerous servant, & a fearsom Master." - George Washington -"Democracy is two wolves & a lamb deciding on what to have for dinner. A Republic, is a well armed lamb contesting the vote." - Ben Franklin
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 09:21 AM
Ron Paul 1776-2012-
Gmoney August 18, 2012 at 09:25 AM
The Founders (not framers) had opposing views as well. Libertarianism, is what they mostly all had in common.
Terrie Hildreth August 20, 2012 at 12:58 PM
http://youtu.be/zFfanmGizOw
Joe Norton August 20, 2012 at 06:08 PM
FYI! http://youtube.googleapis.com/v/Z6QOscKvUjU
Paul Singley October 18, 2012 at 07:18 PM
fyi http://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-ap-obama-hitler-poster-1019-20121018,0,827652.story
Charlie Mac November 03, 2012 at 04:03 AM
The extreme disrespect of our presidents has gone to far out of hand. I hear that no president has been as vilified as Obama. It has gotten worse with every new president. the left is getting a taste of their extreme outspoken hatred of President Bush. I never saw another president get treated so badly. He was hung in effigy, David Letterman said he would say as many bad things as he wanted because he no longer respected Bush. They even made a movie about assasinating Bush, While he was still president. Obama may not get as much respect as some want, but no one was treated as badly as Bush by the press. They have no one to blame but themselves.
Harry One November 03, 2012 at 11:17 AM
Remember Libya obama lied Americans died
MrDerogatory November 03, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Barack Hussein Osama-You have to wonder why our enemies , Venezuela , Russia, China prefer Osama over Romney?
MrDerogatory November 03, 2012 at 11:46 AM
Sandy- You are a lunatic! You need some help if you believe even half of what you said.
MrDerogatory November 03, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Are you sure you are not related to the film producer Michael Moore? Two apples from the same tree?
Harry One November 03, 2012 at 03:42 PM
There will be riots
Harry One November 03, 2012 at 03:45 PM
prozac free for sandy
Harry One November 07, 2012 at 11:56 PM
When in NYC you can get a Greek flag the Greek embassy is at 79th street we are becomming NEW GREECE

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