Wondering About the People With Obama-as-Hitler Signs Outside Northville Post Office?
Meet the supporters of the LaRouche PAC who are campaigning for Democrat Bill Roberts, who is running for a U.S. House seat representing Michigan's 11th Congressional District.
Some of their signs call for voters to "Dump Obama" and others picture Obama with a Hitler moustache.
They drew stares, curious people who asked about them and a few others who weren't interested. It's all part of the job for those volunteering outside of the Northville Post Office this week.
"Even the people that so-called disagree with us, they don't know what they're disagreeing with," said volunteer Alan Egre. "In a lot of cases when they talk with us and actually discuss what we're representing out here, a lot of them actually do agree with – principally – what we're doing."
The people behind the signs are supporters of the LaRouche PAC and several candidates around the country running for office. One of those candidates includes Democrat Bill Roberts, who is running against Syed Taj of Canton for a spot on the November general election ballot.
According to the group's website, the LaRouche PAC draws a comparison between Obama and Hitler because of what they perceive as Obama's fascism.
"As we speak, Obama is staging his Hitler coup in the form of the fascist Supercongress. Glass-Steagall has now become the only weapon of strategic defense that our nation has to head off this coup. Bankrupt the enemy, remove Obama from office," a passage on the site reads.
The group is named for Lyndon LaRouche. Its main focus is three-fold, explained volunteer Bob Baker. They advocate for a reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act, which would keep commercial and investment banks separate; a national bank which would eliminate the need for the federal reserve; and the creation of the North American Water and Power Alliance is also important to the group, which would build a waterway from Alaska through the Plains states to Mexico.
The volunteers agreed that a big hindrance to these changes is President Barack Obama.
"Why do people say they like Obama? Cause they don't like Romney," Egre said. "We say we're not for Romney or Obama. We want a new candidate."
Northville Patch Facebook followers react to signs
Northville Patch Facebook followers were mostly appalled at the group's comparison of Obama to Hitler.
"I think it's a disgusting disgrace. They don't have to like him, but to compare him to Hitler?? Sick," wrote Heather Douglas.
Another commenter, Jenn Price, wrote: "There are plenty of politicians I dislike. None of them can compare to Hitler. It just shows the ignorance of this particular group. How can anyone side with someone so irrational. It actually angers my 12-year-old son to see these signs. He is confused as to how anyone can compare the two. Maybe because he is more educated on the topic."
Some others, like Ken Pozek, said he didn't agree with the comments but defended their First Amendment rights: "People did the same thing with Bush. I don't agree Obama is like Hitler, but people expressing their free speech is still a part of America."