|Originally posted by Marlena
Just because he may not be filled with hatred for and a preoccupation with ridding the world of one or more races, creeds or other groups does not mean that Bush (et al.) is therefore not capable of causing a horrifying social and political transformation in this country on a grand scale. Don't make the mistake of thinking that history must repeat itself verbatim.
True that, but if that's the case maybe we should look at this as its own entity, rather that cheapen the horror of Hitler's regime by equating anything close to it for the real thing.
Personally, I find the Bush administration *less* physically dangerous, but far *more* powerful and ideologically dangerous. When people toss out 'Hitler' comparisons like beads at Mardi Gras, it makes people more comfortable, because they can look at it and say "Uh...America is NOT Nazi Germany. The people saying this are crazy/extreme/hateful/ect." It breeds complacency.
You know, the policies of this administration don't need superfluous window dressing to make them seem sinister. And comparing ANYTHING to Hitler has become a huge joke. I don't find anything remotely funny about Ashcroft or Rumsfeld. As it is, when I talk to people about why, I have to cut through tons of resistance because people automatically assume I'm going to play the Hitler card.
I don't know why people think that the Hitler comparison makes folks "wake up" or think something is more dangerous. It's so damn overused (another sad fact in and of itself) that it automatically hits the "ignore" button in people.
Why can't this administration be dangerous on its own merit? Is there any compelling reason for the hard-on that a lot of people seem to have to compare it to the Nazis? Does this comparison really accomplish anything? Or does it just get in the way? Look how much of a joke it's become. Soup Nazi. FemiNazi. Breastfeeding Nazis. Spare me. Few people are going to interpret Hitler and/or Nazis in the historical sense, because in general they've become synonymous with "rude people who want me to do something I don't wanna." Now, we can rant and preach to the choir about how this shouldn't be so...but it doesn't change the fact that it is! I am absolutely horrified at how watered down it's become.
My experience is that Hitlertalk shuts minds to conversation. When I bring up the article by the American Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers on why they feel the military tribunals and the holding of American citizens and legal residents is very dangerous (not to mention unconstitutional)...they are all ears. When I show them Patriot 1 and 2, they are all ears. Then they get angry, and start looking at the spin coming out of the White House with more suspicion. If I were to immediately launch into a Nazi or Bush Is Hitler speech, they would roll their eyes and turn away. We don't need to give Bush a little mustache. The here and now is bad enough. And considering how many people in this country learn and/or appreciate world history, probably it's a GOOD thing that the administration's actions speak for themselves.