In a fundraising e-mail sent out today to supporters of the S.C. Republican Party, newly minted State Chairman Matt Moore committed his first official act of reductio ad Hitlerum
, the fallacy of arguing against an opponent by comparing him to Hitler. Here's the graphic Moore included at the top of the message:
Moore is presumably referring to the reports from recent months of the IRS giving undue scrutiny to Tea Party groups seeking non-profit status
"Our South Carolina Republicans are fighting on so many fronts and need your help," Moore writes. "We're working to defund ObamaCare, grow South Carolina's economy, expose and abolish the IRS, and get answers on the cover-up in Benghazi. Can we count on you to help?"
Indeed, some state and national conservative groups have been pushing to defund the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a move that Oklahoma Republican Sen.Tom Coburn has said would destroy the Republican Party
and that N.C. Republican Sen. Richard Burr has called "the dumbest idea I've ever heard
." At the state level, S.C. Republican lawmakers tried to pass an Obamacare nullification bill
this year, but it fizzled out in the Senate when the legislative session ended.
As for abolishing the IRS, Ron Paul has been calling for that for years, but it has become a rallying cry in some Tea Party circles of late. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and the Fair Tax folks are now calling for abolition of the government agency responsible for processing millions of tax returns and collecting over $2 trillion in taxes every year.
All of which puts the SCGOP in line with the far-right fringe of a conservative movement ... you know, like the Nazis.
UPDATE, 3:30 p.m.:
After receiving a tongue-lashing from the S.C. Democratic Party for comparing IRS operations to the Gestapo's crimes against humanity, the SCGOP issued the following statement: “The State Party sent out a fundraising email earlier with a subject line meant to grab the attention of those receiving it. If anyone was upset, we certainly regret it. Our goal was to highlight the IRS's questionable tactics and their decision to selectively scrutinize and target certain groups, including those in South Carolina.”