"You're a Nazi, He's a Nazi, She's a Nazi - IF YOU DISAGREE WITH ME!"

I haven’t exactly been around for a long time. I’m 31 years old, and have lived a relatively sheltered life. I used to swing Right. Now I swing Left. Neither position has cost much personal sacrifice to me, except the embarrassment of having to say: “I’ve been a real asshole.” Which has less to do with my politics and more to do with my own bad behavior.

But you know all this.

My question for those of you more “experienced” than I, is: when did “Hitler” and “Nazi” become insults and accusations levied AT everyone, BY everyone, at the flick of the wrist? I mean, when did EVERYONE who disagrees with us – about anything – become Nazis? It’s melodrama taken to the thousandth degree.

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said in an interview yesterday:

"They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude," Ailes said of NPR. "They are the left wing of Nazism. These guys don't want any other point of view. They don't even feel guilty using tax dollars to spout their propaganda. They are basically Air America with government funding to keep them alive."
Incredible. But Ailes is hardly alone in his flippant remarks about the Third Reich. Liberal talk radio hosts Norman Goldman and Mike Malloy daily call Republicans Nazis, equating conservative personalities to Hitler. C’mon.

While “socialist” might be downright true for liberals like me, and “fascist” seems accurate (to me) of the far right, “Nazi” is not a name that should be casually levied against our opponents. It’s unfair. It’s inaccurate. And it shows serious disrespect toward the victims of ACTUAL Nazism and the REAL Adolph Hitler.

1 comment:

Peter J Walker said...

BTW:

"The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is fascism — ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. ”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Message from the President of the United States Transmitting Recommendations Relative to the Strengthening and Enforcement of Anti-trust Laws

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