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Enough Nazi Comparisons

"Now, what are the similarities between the Democrat Party of today and the Nazi Party in Germany? Well, the Nazis were against big business -- they hated big business. And of course we all know that they were opposed to Jewish capitalism. They were insanely, irrationally against pollution. They were for two years mandatory voluntary service to Germany. They had a whole bunch of make-work projects to keep people working, one of which was the Autobahn. They were against cruelty and vivisection of animals, but in the radical sense of devaluing human life, they banned smoking. They were totally against that. They were for abortion and euthanasia of the undesirables, as we all know, and they were for cradle-to-grave nationalized healthcare." Rush Limbaugh

It has become apparent that anytime somebody, on either side, wants to stress why somebody should support their point of view, they compare their opponent to the Nazis.

“Comparisons to the Nazis are deeply offensive and only serve to diminish and trivialize the extent of the Nazi regime’s crimes against humanity and the murder of six million Jews and millions of others in the Holocaust,” Abraham Foxman ADL National Director and Holocaust survivor. “I don’t see any comparison here. It’s off-center, off-issue and completely inappropriate.”

The total number of those killed by the Nazis, including Jews, Gays, Russians, Gypsies etc..., may never be known, Because you're against National Healthcare, doesn't merit a comparison to Nazis to those who disagree.

The innapropriate comparison is not limited to the Republicans. I disagree with most everything that Sarah Palin stands for, but Whoopi Goldberg's comparison to a Bund rally is out of line. "This girl is dangerous to me. This is a very dangerous woman, because I believe for her intents and purposes, she’s OK if everybody lives a certain way, that is to say, the way God ordained men and women to be. Well, already she’s breaking that because she’s the daddy. She’s going to run the country and the husband is going to take care of the kids. I just found the whole thing sad and very musty and very much like a Bund rally, but maybe that was just me."

Of course Ms. Palin is not above resorting to such tactics: "The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama’s “death panel” so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their “level of productivity in society,” whether they are worthy of health care. Such a system is downright evil." This comment is an out and out lie.

Of course Anne Coulter has to get in on the action, referring to David Brock of Media Matters, Coulter attacked such websites, calling them "little Nazi block watchers," stating: "They tattle on their parents, turn them in to the Nazis."

Are these people ill informed to the extent of Nazi Atrocities? It's disrespectful to those who died, those who suffered and those who lost loved ones to make such frivolous comparisons.

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cathy_edgett
Aug. 11th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Yes, I agree with you. It is "disrespectful to those who died, those who suffered and those who lost loved ones."

It shows an appalling lack of a sense of history and understanding of what went on, and yes, the trivializing, the "crying wolf," means it will be hard to recognize the signs when we start to get into that kind of trouble again. It also makes it difficult to watch or listen to the news anymore, which is again tragic, because we all need to be paying attention and it becomes more difficult to do so when what is reported is not news, and is so clearly out and out lies. I do not get it and I feel great fear when we are bombarded with what is so clearly and obviously untrue.
jellomarx
Aug. 11th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I am very sensitive to the use of that word. It's not appropriate to use for the neighbor who leaves the lid off of his garbage, to the man who blasts his music from his convertible, to the Politician who we disagree with or even to the self serving radio host, who himself freely uses the word.

It's time that we learn to respect those that suffered.
cathy_edgett
Aug. 11th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
Yes, I absolutely agree, and we may be on the losing end of this battle. I, like you, hear it used too freely.

Vocabulary has become more and more limited, and I wonder if it is a lack of knowledge of the true meaning of words that is leading to this, so it is almost like it is used in some generic way of something people don't like rather than as representative of what most of us will never, ever fathom or understand.

Edited at 2009-08-11 05:29 pm (UTC)
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