February 03, 2006

You're not somebody until compared with Hitler...

This is not the most serious of posts, but I came across some interesting articles today while reading about Hugo Chavez v. Rumsfeld. I googled Rumsfeld +Hitler thinking I would get the full speech where Rumsfeld compares Chavez to Hitler. What I came across was a list of people that Rumsfeld and Bush have compared to Hitler, not just Chavez. While this list is wholly misguided, a couple are much more warranted then the others. al-Zarqawi, Lenin, Chavez, Saddam, Osama There is even an interesting article where Rumsfeld compares the US military with the Third Reich. It doesn't stop there though. There are scores of people who have compared others and been compared by others to Hitler. It seems as though you're not somebody until the comparison has been made. North Korea and Senator Belefonte have compared Bush to Hitler. John Glenn compared Republican policies to those of the Nazis. Donald Trump called Pat Buchanan a "Hitler Lover". This is only a few that I found. But I think the point is clear (or maybe not). It doesn't matter if you're male or female, young or old, black, white red or blue, conservative, liberal or socialist. It would seem that if you have a differing opinion from someone else then you must be like Hitler or a Nazi in some way. The problem is however, if everyone can be compared to Hitler, then what exactly was Hitler like? For a more complete (though still inadequate) list go here.

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Quotes from people smarter than me...

"If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich" ~ JFK

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. " ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. " ~ Benjamin Franklin

"First it is necessary to stand on your own two feet. But the minute a man finds himself in that position, the next thing he should do is reach out his arms. " ~ Kristin Hunter

"When you're a mayor and you have a problem you blame the provincial government. If you are provincial government and you have a problem you blame the federal government. We don't blame the Queen any more, so once in a while we might blame the Americans." ~ Jean Chretien

"Which is ideology? Which not? You shall know them by their assertion of truth, their contempt for considered reflection, and their fear of debate." ~ John Ralston Saul

"It is undoubtedly easier to believe in absolutes, follow blindly, mouth received wisdom. But that is self-betrayal." ~ John Ralston Saul

"Everybody dies, Tracey. Someone's carrying a bullet for you right now, doesn't even know it. The trick is to die of old age before it finds you." ~ Cpt. Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly, Episode 12)

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