Today, I woke up to the news that Marjorie Taylor Greene had compared getting a “vaccine logo” to Jews being forced to wear a gold star in Nazi Germany. That’s a stupid comment from her. It’s one of many stupid comments that Greene has made in the past. I imagine she’ll make many more stupid comments in the future because that’s who she is.
Greene is being rightfully condemned. At the same time, I think some people are missing the bigger picture. It has become so common place for people in America to compare their opponents to Nazis that it’s led to the actual horror of what the Nazis did has been downplayed. When you compare everyone you dislike to Hitler, the end result is that it becomes easier for people to overlook or even forget just how uniquely evil and thoroughly depraved Hitler and his followers were. I’ve seen four U.S. Presidents in a row, all compared to Hitler by their opponents. Say what you will about any of those presidents, none of them rated the comparison. By making the comparison, people do a gave disservice to both the victims of the Holocaust and the people who spoke out against it while it was happening, often as the risk of their own safety.
I don’t care how you vote, knock it off with the Nazi comparisons. If you can’t make your point without doing a disservice to and cheapening the memory of the over 6 million people who died during the Holocaust, perhaps you shouldn’t be taking politics in the first place.