Honestly, what is it that these guys in politics don’t understand about the inappropriateness, not to mention the danger, of using Nazi analogies in everyday political dialog?
Today it was Rep. Steven Cohen (D-Tenn.), who should have known better, but then, being Jewish doesn’t make you smart, I guess.
Speaking on ABC, Speaking on the House floor, Cohen was attacking the GOP effort to reverse last year’s Democratic health care reform package.
“They say it’s a big government takeover of health care, a big lie, just like Goebbels," Cohen said.
Well, maybe it’s a lie, especially given the fact that just about the happiest folks around after the reform law passed Congress were executives at the big health insurance companies.
But just like Goebbels? Really?
Paging Abe Foxman. Maybe the ADL leader should just put a recorded message on the group’s telephones saying “stop it; this isn’t the Holocaust, these aren’t the Nazis, you’re just devaluing the real meaning of the Holocaust by using it as a cheap piece of political rhetoric.”
But I don’t expect anybody will pay attention; in an age of rhetorical overkill, Holocaust analogies are WMDs (Words of Mass Destruction), and fulminating politicians just can’t seem to resist using them.