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Monday, June 10, 2019

Left normalizes Hitler



The Los Angeles Times ran a piece that is demonstrated just what is wrong with today's ramped up rhetoric. The headline read, "Call immigrant detention centers what they really are: concentration camps."

No. That is a lie. The centers are nothing like concentration camps. No one is tattooed with a number. No one is worked to death. No one is sent to gas chambers. There are no mass cremations in fact there are no cremations at all.

Running that piece was irresponsible because it downplays the evil that Hitler and his nation did.

The American left has demoted Hitler. He no longer is a monster who killed 12 million people in concentration camps. He no longer is an anti-Semitic demagogue who wiped out two-thirds of the Jewish population in Europe. He no longer is a savage dictator who invaded every adjacent nation in an attempt to rule the world.

By calling the last four Republican presidential nominees Hitler, Democrats have turned Hitler into someone we merely disagreed with.

Any and every disagreement the party has with President Trump results in someone alluding to Hitler.

Beth Bailey of the Washington Examiner pointed out the danger in April.

She wrote, "Last week, a flurry of media personalities and 2020 Democratic presidential candidates set about likening President Trump to Adolf Hitler on the basis of misattributed statements Trump has made about members of a criminal gang. In the process, each has participated in the demonizing of the very person they wrongly accuse of dehumanizing immigrants."

Bailey backed this up with quotes from Beto O'Rourke and other Democrat presidential candidates.

She wrote, "People who make comparisons between modern day politicians and Hitler have one thing in common: They usually have very little understanding of the complex period of history about which they make their sweeping generalizations. In the darkest irony, they use a period marked by the mobilization of incredible hatred to launch hatred at those with whom they disagree.

"These attacks work because public knowledge of the era and its lessons is waning. As discovered in a study conducted in February 2018 at the behest of The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, 45% of U.S. adults and 49% of millennials are unable to name any of the 40,000 camps and ghettos used during the Holocaust. About 31% of adults and 41% of millennials believed that Hitler killed fewer than 2 million Jews, less than one third of the actual death toll."

We waste a lot of time in school on women's studies and the like.

We need to make Holocaust education mandatory.

Bailey made the point then that I make now, "Comparing a political opponent to Hitler is vile, vulgar, and lazy. It minimizes a horrific history and reduces the evil mastermind of a massive genocide against 11 million people to being simply bad while it conflates a human with no such tendencies or predilections with an amoral architect of genocide. Additionally, it demonstrates a lack of couthness and restraint in the accuser, who proves himself willing to sacrifice sound facts for a powerful sound bite."

It is not President Trump I seek to protect by objecting to all the Nazi talk.

It is the memory of 6 million Jews who were rounded up and killed in actual, factual concentration camps.

The American soldiers who liberated the few starving survivors of the Holocaust told the world, never again.

Never forget.

But we forgot. And I fear the real next Hitler will use our ignorance against us.

UPDATE: Ed Driscoll corrected me. He reported, "The last four? Virtually every Republican nominee has been dubbed Hitler since Thomas Dewey in 1948, by no less than Harry Truman himself."

I imagined Democrats were kinder to Bob Dole, who just about gave up his right arm fighting Hitler.

But no.

33 comments:

  1. The problem is that, at 75 years distance, Hitler, and Stalin too, are slipping into the mists of history.

    Like previous tyrants Napoleon, Genghis Khan, Ivan the Terrible. Distance in time breeds apathy.

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    1. This comment by Dave is absolutely true. In June of 1964, a friend of mine and I took a commuter train to Dachau from Munich, about
      8 miles, a ride of around 12 minutes. The old concentration camp was deserted. Near the barbed wired entrance were tidy pansy flower beds with small black and white signs: Two, about 20 feet apart, said "Grave of unknown thousands". A third a few feet further on was labeled " Blood ditch". Thousands had been shot on these now peaceful plots at such a rate that effective drainage was necessary to stabilize the footing of the shooters. We also saw some of the crematory ovens, rusting away. The place remained empty and silent during our visit of a about a hour. Even 55 years later it is not hard to recall these images, the small dark blue and white flowers, the neatly lettered signs, twisted grates of rusting iron.
      The Democrats have become the party of the endless lie. Orwell was a proud promoter of socialism, but he understood the eager predilection for self deception among its true believers, a weakness one could manipulate through The systematic destruction of memory and vocabulary, the tireless falsification of fact.
      As for me, I remember what I saw when I was 22 and I will not forget.

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    2. Things have been added since I was there. Dachau was not a death camp and the stuff about gassing and shooting massive numbers of people, are simply a lie.

      The place was empty when we visited in 1969.

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    3. It isn't just the distance in time. The Lefties have twisted history and words as well. The say Hitler was right-wing, but he was a pure Leftie. It's even in the name they used for themselves: Nazi is an abbreviated form of Nationalsozialistiche Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. In English: National Socialist German Workers' Party. The Nazis were Socialists. - Elric

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    4. I had the opportunity to visit Dachau in 1985, while stationed in Munchen, probably took the same commuter train. There is (or was) more of a museum there with pictures of what had happened there. The ovens were there, still, for the most part having outlasted the buildings they were enclosed in, save for one, and a barracks, that were maintained.

      It wasn't deserted, when I went. Obviously a somber crowd, still.

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  2. let us not forget that Adolph Hitler was time magazines man of the year for 1938.
    I'm sure copies are available on eBay.
    waterman

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    1. I had to check that one out. True it is. And looking at the list, I see it's as sullied as the Nobel Peace Prize.

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    2. Not intended as a positive. Simply the most newsworthy which Hitler definitely was in 1938.

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    3. In fariness to Time, I believe that their criteria focused on those persons that had a significant global impact. Making Hitler their Man of the Year was not an endorsement of Herr Hitler. Rather, it was an acknowledgement of his impact globally.

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  3. And the 6 million others murdered - gays, slavs, retards, genetically inferior, east europeans, and others that the Nazis just didn't like.

    We were in Nuremburg last November and toured the Nazi museum - next to Zeppelin field - that is toured by almost all german high-schoolers - the horrors and breadth of the Nazi evil. Our guide told us todays students are 2 generations removed and never knew their great-grandparents - it is almost like studying Roman history, as opposed to "Grandpa was a Nazi".... To be effective historians are going to have to change the approach in order to teach the lesson...

    -Cactus Matt

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  4. What does this say about the democrats and their hand maidens in the media they would so recklessly smear republicans with the Hitler label whenever they are losing. This has been a staple of Democrats since the Nazi’s where defeated. They would have a hard time being weened off of using the analogy.

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  5. We need to make Holocaust education mandatory.

    Another top down, one size fits all, idea. Try privatizing education which would really hurt the teachers union.

    To each his own. Live and let live. Let freedom ring again. The last thing we need is someone else deciding what's good for us. That's how Surber sounds like a liberal when he suggest ideas like this.

    Let everyone pursue their own happiness instead of having some clueless pundit force us to abide by his confession of faith.

    The public school system is the only established church in the country. Its pledge of allegiance is anathema to liberty under Christ in a peace loving society.

    Boycott it and quit tithing your childrens minds to the state. Without public schools the progressive worldview will die.

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    1. Hey, Some Guy, I got a critic to oppose the teaching of the Holocaust or even calling Nazis bad things.

      I now feel Trumpy.

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    2. Kol hakavod, Don! More power to ya!

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    3. Someguy has one note.

      Don has multiple notes, though can appear to only know one tune.

      The 3 monkey minded, engaged in their innate see nothing, hear nothing and speak what amounts to nothing, find their solace in echoing their nothing.

      Lazy brains embrace redundant recycling.

      Content of any comment is known by considering same.

      Sloth beckons only the considering of presumed source, as in cover of book, disregarding the contents.

      Simplicity is solace to those who are content with not knowing.

      To think or not to think.

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  6. Thank you Don for recognizing the true 12mm number.

    You will probably be called an anti-smite for mentioning it though. I have been.

    Never forget.

    John Henry

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  7. We need to make Holocaust education mandatory.

    We need to teach accurate history. Every now and again, the substitute the Indians, the Mexican War, the civil War (which they really get wrong), or slaves.

    History books today remind me of the old Dell comics. Hell, the old comics were better. Their little sidebars were actually accurate.

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    1. Winston Smith anonymously rewrote history everyday for the ministry of truth.
      now it's called Wikipedia.
      and the all seeing eye is no longer bolted to the wall.
      its in your hand or pocket.

      but its so convenient!
      question: when did the devil ever offer anything other than the easy way out?
      waterman

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    2. The essence lesson of Orwell's novel is found in the choice made by Winston and implied as made by Julie.

      The proof of the absence of actual love.

      In other words, the meat won out over the spirit.

      The absurdity of the meat is found in the certainty of death.

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  8. These constant mindless -- really ignorant -- comparisons of Trump/his Administration/his policies to Hitler/Nazis are about on a par with the comment I once heard someone make, saying Japan was justified in attacking Pearl Harbor, since it was done as payback for the US atom-bombing of Hiroshima. What absolute flaming ignorance runs rampant these days!

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    1. “They literally know nothing.”

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    2. Oh Maoz, this must mean there are many AOC's out there, dumb as rocks. God save ue.

      Kate

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  9. Democrats normalize Hitler because they practice his playbook.

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  10. I was in the 4th Armour division stationed in Ulm Germany in 1962/3 in an ordinance company. Being employed in the mail section I was often told to deliver equipment readiness documents to the former Nazi barracks that sit beside the camp then used by the u s army to monitor and or dispose of old tanks, trucks or artillery pieces. I visited the camp at least twenty times or more. It never had gas chambers or shooting pits as such . Mass burials were carried out on the other side of the railway station in the town commons. Dachau was used to hold political prisoners, gays and common criminals. They were beaten, starved and mercilessly treated but it was not a death camp as such. The museum was full of pictures of the horrible medical experiments conducted there as well as the terrible state of the inmates. The museum showed just how bad it was along with documentation as to starvation style food rations. The German government of the 1960's were adamant about just how terrible the Nazis were and never once tried to excuse anyone from from their guilt.The ovens were few in numbers and could not cope with the death rates hence the burials on the town common.How it is today I have no idea but then it was a chilling experience to view the depths of depravity of many Germans.

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    1. Thousands of Russian soldiers and many thousands of others were shot there. The blood ditch must have been pretty useful.

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  11. Does anybody here think that liberals think things through? Hitler=Bad; Trump=Bad. That's as far as their thinking goes. Also, maybe, Hitler was WHITE.

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  12. Congratulations on the Instalaunch!

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  13. You are right to point out the compparison of modern-day political opponents to Hitler mirrors the same tactic the Nazis used to dehumanize their opponents. The ignorance of history is monumnetal. I've been a student of World War II for almost 50 years and I always continue learning something new. One thing for certain is that the brutality of Nazi Germany combined with the Soviet Union depopulated large pockets of Europeans and Russians. Throw in what the Japanese did in Asia, Mao in China and numeorous other totalitarian regimes and the twentiety century ranks as the most brutal run of murderous despots in world history. To compare anything in this country's modern political landscape to that is willfully ingnorant.

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  14. Will the democrats sell hitler t-shirts on the rack next to the Che shirts at their presidential convention?

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  15. Accuse the opposition of that which you are guilty. Goebbels stole it from Karl Marx. The socialist-democrats are Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) under a new name. They even have their Brown Shirts (Antifa) and their SS ( BLM) to put down the opposition.

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  16. @Anonymous, why only Holocaust history mandatory? Why not the hundreds of millions of deaths under people like Pol Pot, Mao, Stalin, etc? What makes the Holocaust so special?

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    1. It's Bobby Whatzit!!!!

      Posing the scintillating questions!!!!

      Gee, Bobby, do ya ever not miss the target?

      Set the quantity of humans slaughtered.

      Peruse history for all events which meet or exceed that set quantity.

      Define cause of same. Ya know, the fuckers that did the slaughterings.

      Then, return to post your results.

      Maybe even provide links to theoretically reliable sources.

      Then answer your own pointless question.

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