What with all the people tossing around the word 'Nazi" today, I think it's instructive to reflect upon who the Nazis were and what they did. Perhaps then we won't be so cavalier in branding someone a Nazi.
Here's a teaser:
I hope this column makes you sick.
See, we'll be talking about Nazis, something many of us are doing lately. Indeed, just this week a fellow named Joseph e-mailed me about a caller he heard on a radio show. The man, vexed over healthcare reform, likened President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Asked why, he said, "Hitler took over the car companies, then healthcare and then he killed the Jews.''
Said Joseph: "I almost swerved my vehicle off the road when I heard that.''
But the caller is hardly unique. Google "Obama + Nazis'' and you get almost seven million hits. Nor is the phenomenon new. Substitute President Bush's name and you get nearly 2.8 million.
Then there is this passage:
For the record, then: It was Nazis who shoved sand down a boy's throat until he died, who tossed candies to Jewish children as they sank to their deaths in a sand pit, who threw babies from a hospital window and competed to see how many of those `little Jews' could be caught on a bayonet, who injected a cement-like fluid into women's uteruses to see what would happen, who stomped a pregnant woman to death, who once snatched a woman's baby from her arms and, in the words of an eyewitness, `tore him as one would tear a rag'.''
Read on, folks. It only gets better, or should I say, worse.
"We have a Constitution, after all, and it says we can say whatever we want. It doesn't say it has to be intelligent." -- Leonard Pitts, Jr.