I don’t like the guy. I didn’t vote for him and I won’t vote for him. I disagree with many of his policies. I am most definitely not a Bush supporter, or a Republican.
But the arguments some of his opponents use make me sick. There’s one in particular that sets me off like nothing else: the “Bush=Hitler” meme. As a Jew, and a descendant of holocaust survivors, I am absolutely appalled that thinking, compassionate individuals can spout this line without even thinking about what they are saying. For all Bush has done, he doesn’t represent a fraction of the pure evil that Hitler was. To say that the two are equivalent is to trivialize Hitler’s crimes. Let me be perfectly clear: If you equate Bush to Hitler, you spit upon the memory of the Jews, Gypsies, disabled people, homosexuals and others slaughtered by the millions by the Third Reich. You are trivializing the nations subjugated, the millions of soldiers killed, the utter devastation of a country’s economy and national spirit, the use of POW’s for hideous expiraments, the indiscriminate bombing of civilians. You are making nothing of a hellish quasi-religion of hate and fear that survives in pockets to this day.
You may think it’s a clever slogan, a way to make a point; but what you are telling the children growing up today, watching the media, watching you, is that Hitler must not have been all that bad. You are doing more than the Holocaust-deniers ever could to erase the sting of that memory on society’s collective consciousness. Before you compare Bush to Hitler, read a little history, and ask yourself if that’s really what you want this generation’s children to grow up believing.