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Why I Don’t Like Hitler Analogies

By on 10.7.11 | 12:15PM

I was bemused by the commentary on my criticism of Hank Williams, Jr's Obama-Hitler remarks.

The commentary largely ran along the lines of a) Williams, Jr. was making an analogy, not a comparison and b) Williams, Jr. wasn't comparing Obama to Hitler.

Well, an analogy is by definition a comparison. And yes, Hank Williams, Jr. sure as hell compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler. Consider this exchange with Gretchen Carlson after he dropped the H bomb:

Carlson: So one thing I am gathering from your emphatic statements this morning is that you are not a big fan of the parties coming together at all to try to find compromise.

Williams, Jr: No. We're more polarized than we've ever been, you know it. I'm not gonna sugarcoat it. We're polarized. You know that.

Carlson: Well, you didn't, you didn't cause you used the name of one of the most hated people in all of the world to describe, I think, the President.

Williams, Jr: That is true. But I am telling you like it is that, you know, it just wasn't a good thing. It just didn't fly.

Carlson gave Williams, Jr. an opportunity to deny he was comparing Obama to Hitler. Instead, Williams, Jr. confirmed that was exactly what he meant. Williams, Jr. is responsible for his own actions has only himself to blame for his severance from Monday Night Football.

Now anybody who has taken the time to read my articles and blog posts will know with complete certainty that I believe Barack Obama to be an abysmal President and that he ought to be rebuked at the polls next year. But I also believe that it is possible to critique Obama without bringing Hitler into the conversation. As for the people who compared Bush to Hitler, I have no use for them either and we should not stoop to their level.

Let me conclude by retiterating that comparing anyone to Hitler who hasn't committed genocide (or aspires to do so) only serves to trivialize the evil committed in his name and ideology. This isn't a question of political correctness; it is a question of basic decency. Try to understand where I am coming from on this matter. If I had the temerity to compare the President of the United States, any President, to Hitler in the presence of the Holocaust survivors who attended my shul all those years ago, I would have been severely admonished and rightly so.

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