Breaking the Nazi Barrier
March 16th, 2014
I know that this is probably obvious to anyone who reads this... but still, it is hard not to observe the massively hypocritical hyperbole we get now from the right wing. It used to be that people didn't equate everything they disagreed with to Nazis. Then there was the rule of thumb that the first one to use the word “Nazi” lost the argument. But now? To hell with political correctness! Nazis away! “Political correctness” is so oppressive, that the U.S. is now “very much like Nazi Germany,” and we are living in a “Gestapo Age.” And if the people dare criticize the rich or object to the gap between rich and poor, it is akin to Kristallnacht, and we're again well on our way to becoming Nazi Germany. On the other hand, the ideal fair and “free market” is a society where workers are locked into a store and commanded not to use the emergency exits unless the building is literally burning down--and workers like the guy with a crushed ankle follow those commands because they cannot afford to lose their minimum-wage jobs. We're lucky to live in a country where paying someone a wage which will not even let them approach the poverty line is seen as unthinkable largesse. No, that's not fascism. And a society where denying gay people not only the right to marry, but trying to force through laws which would make it so that any doctor could leave them dying in an emergency room, or any policemen could leave them abandoned to a horrific crime--well, that's simply religious freedom at work. Not allowing us to abuse homosexuals or to deny women access to contraceptives, that's Nazi Germany. You see, when a billionaire is criticized for luxuriating in massive opulence and wealth after crashing the economy, it's like sending a Jew to the concentration camps. But slashing billions of dollars of food stamps needed by families with children on the edge of starvation, and calling anyone who uses them a parasite, well, that's just good old common-sense American Christian morality. And the billions then lavished on corporations already awash in unimaginably astronomical profits, well, who could blame them for taking what's being offered? The class war is being vociferously fought, but not by the poor. Religious intolerance abounds, but it's not coming from the areligious. But hey, I'm just being a Nazi by bringing this up. Shame on me.