One thing I will not tolerate is ignoramuses that equate anything in their lifetime experience to the Hitler era. If they are alive right now, they don’t know what they are talking about. For any American under 80 to suggest that any person they know is equal to Hitler, is just the epitome of ignorance and insensitivity.
But they don’t know what they don’t know, so they are just plain ignorant. We need to make it our business to straighten them out.
Unfortunately, we have told several generations of our children that they are the most educated generation. We are fortunate that they have no real world experience with atrocities that even people who experienced them could not believe. That is why when someone close suffers a tragedy, we often say “I can’t imagine what you are going through.”
Our education system has indoctrinated them in the theories of moral relativity, suggesting that all people, good or bad, have justifiable reasons for their actions, and that we should restrain ourselves from passing judgement on history.
They think because they have seen movies about WWII that they are well informed and can relate to how the war was conducted and why it came about. They hold misguided images of Hitler, Stalin, Mao, Che, and Fidel. They will tell you they know how incredibly horrendous Hitler’s reign was, then turn around and make a joke.
Comedian Louis CK on Trump: “This guy is Hitler … Hitler was just some hilarious and refreshing dude with a weird comb over.” If there are any living survivors of Hitler, they are too old to go after him, but I’ll bet they would like to. How insensitive can you get?
Hollywood celebrities, of all people, use the term ‘Hitler’ as a pejorative description of their political opponents. Politicians suggest that their opponents use Nazi-like tactics. Comedians make jokes about Hitler when they think they can get a cheap laugh at the expense of some politician, or football coach or CEO.
U.S. Representative Steve Cohen said, “Republican arguments over health care were ‘a big lie, just like Goebbels.’” Hollywood millionaires Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo collaborated on a TV spot to “help get out the vote and to stop orange muppet Hitler” (Trump).
This behavior is appalling. It should not go unchallenged. Just because these people are not of that era, there is no excuse for deprecating the horrible atrocities, disparaging the surviving families, and dismissing the total and complete devastation, the brutal crimes against humanity and the deaths of more than forty million humans. They have no justification for invoking anything close to the single most inhuman and destructive period in human history.
To even suggest that there is any moral equivalency should engender outrage from reasonable people worldwide.
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Rick Elkin is a media observer, blogger and author. His book, “Turn Right At Lost: Recalculating America” is available on Amazon. He is a resident of Escondido.