It’s not nice to call people Nazis, when they’re not. Did your mother ever tell you that? On the other hand, if people are like Nazis — let ’er rip.
In my experience, people who are called Nazis, aren’t. And many who are Nazi-like — they don’t get called Nazis. Let me get into this for a second.
At the Democratic convention, at least three leading Democrats tarred Republicans with the Nazi brush. Let’s count ’em off:
1) The chairman of the California Democratic party said that Paul Ryan practiced “the big lie.” “That was Goebbels, the big lie.”
2) The head of the Kansas delegation said the same thing about Mitt Romney. “It’s like Hitler said . . .”
Yeah, it’s like Hitler said, you know? Yeah, yeah!
3) The chairman of the South Carolina party likened Governor Nikki Haley to Eva Braun.
Okay, I’ll give you a bonus — outside the Democratic convention: In Ohio, Senator Sherrod Brown ran an ad calling his challenger, Josh Mandel, “the candidate of the big lie.” (There we go again.) Mandel is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor, but what the hell . . .
You may have been told — it is one of those Rules to Live By — that you must never, ever compare anything to the Nazis. Because the Nazis were unique. Anyone who says, “It’s like the Nazis,” is a moron, and an offensive moron, at that.
It is certainly true that people are promiscuous with the Nazi card. Better to call no one a Nazi, ever, than to call people Nazis when they’re not the least bit like Nazis.
But guess what? There are people in the world like Nazis: Saddam Hussein’s Baath party; the Assads’ Baath party; the Iranian dictatorship; Hezbollah; Hamas.
And you know? Democrats such as the ones I cited above, who so freely call the liberal democrats in the Republican party Nazis, almost never call Assad and the rest Nazis. They are far tougher in their rhetoric on Republicans than on these Middle East actors: who openly admire the Nazis, and imitate them.
Two days ago, Dennis Prager had a column. It relates to the above: “Have you noticed that the Left regularly condemns alleged conservative ‘hate speech’ but is almost completely silent on the most pervasive hate speech in the world?”
A headline: “Analysis: Prophet film diverts gaze from Syria.” (Article here.) Well, of course it does. Look, what’s the murder of thousands of human beings — Muslims, as it happens — when compared with the videographic efforts of some schlub of an American?
A cracked world, we’re talking about.
And you know what’s more important than either the video or Syria? Mitt Romney’s comment on what the Egyptian-embassy staffer said!!
Earlier this week, the Wall Street Journal published a column by Bret Stephens: “Muslims, Mormons and Liberals.” It is possibly the greatest column in the history of columns.
On Broadway, there is a show called The Book of Mormon. A huge, huge hit. Has raked in millions of dollars. The show mocks Mormons and their religion, in vile ways. People can’t get enough of this show, including our secretary of state, who attended last year. They’ve laughed their a**es off.
But when a pathetic, amateur videomaker is rude about Islam . . . Secretary Clinton said “disgusting and reprehensible.”
Cracked. Absolutely cracked.
People, especially conservative pundits, can’t stop griping about Mitt Romney. Meanwhile, the country is going down the tubes. The other day, I saw a man on the street in Manhattan, wearing a suit and tie. He held a sign that said, “Please Hire Me.” And the sign listed his experience.
That is a long way from what my colleague John Fund has seen in Greece: men in business suits, pawing through garbage. But still — disquieting.
Yesterday, the Associated Press noted a development: “The Army is testing the first body armor specifically tailored to fit women’s physiques.” The AP characterized this as “a sign of diversity on the battlefield.”
Really? Is that what it is? A sign of diversity?
Headline (over this article): “Panetta: New Asia focus not aimed to contain China.”