the Right's despicable Obama=Nazi ploy

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David Frum asks "Can We Get a Grip?" and notes that "Obama = Hitler analogies are spreading like wildfire on the political right," despite the fact that "the analogy seems so self-evidently crazy that it may baffle outsiders as to how any conservative, no matter how irate, could possibly imagine such a thing."

Rush Limbaugh claimed that "Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate," and opined that "liberalism...is the closest you can get to Nazism." (Not only has Rush been getting his history from Jonah Goldberg, he also demonstrates conservative projection nearly as well as Ann Coulter.) Frum continues:

Contra Rush Limbaugh, history's actual fascists were not primarily known for their anti-smoking policies or generous social welfare programs. Fascism celebrated violence, anti-rationalism and hysterical devotion to an authoritarian leader. To date, the Obama administration has fallen rather short in these departments. [...] Can we get a grip here? It is possible to express opposition to a president's policies without preposterous name-calling -- without diminishing and disparaging the unique experiences of those who did actually suffer from actual persecution by actual Nazis.

To that end, let's take a look at Michael Seitzman's "My Nazi Can Beat Up Your Nazi," where he notes that for Jews, "Nazi is our N-word:"

That's why it's not okay with us -- and shouldn't be okay with anyone -- to throw the word "Nazi" around unless you're talking about actual Nazis. It's definitely not okay to use it in a health care debate. In fact, put Nazi and doctor in the same sentence and you come up with one name and one name only -- Josef Mengele..." [...] You may not like Barack Obama, but calling him a Nazi makes you sound like a clown, an imbecile and an infant. And continuing to cry about America no longer resembling the one you grew up in only further proves the point that you got it backwards. It's America that did the growing up, and you're the one we no longer recognize.


update (8/19 @ 10:54am):
Kudos to Barney Frank for this response to a townhall questioner who asked him about Obama's "Nazi policies:"

When you ask me that question I'm going to revert to my ethnic heritage and answer your question with a question. On what planet do you spend most of your time?

[...]

As you stand there with a picture of the President defaced to look like Hitler and compare the effort to increase health care to the Nazis [...] it is a tribute to the First Amendment that this kind of vile, contemptible nonsense is so freely propagated. Ma'am, trying to have a conversation with you would be like trying to argue with a dining room table. I have no interest in doing it.

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