Today I check the news on AOL, and what do I find? Two stories where politicians and ministers have been comparing legislation to the Holocaust and Nazi Germany. My plea to all politicians, on both sides of the political spectrum: please stop! For the love of my family and my people, please stop making those comparisons! It’s trivializing the Holocaust and the memories of those who were victims of Hitler, turning a tragedy into a political cudgel akin to what socialism has become.
I know there are people out there who are passionate about the issues, but to compare the issues to what Hitler did is upsetting to a lot of people, and I think it’s an overreaction. You can’t take an issue, even one like laws regulating child labor on farms, and turn it into the Nuremburg laws. It’s taking both the former and the latter completely out of context and turning them into something they are not. Nor can you compare laws trying to protect the health of women to people getting loaded into cattle cars and sent to Auschwitz or Dachau, because it’s taking these two different things out of context. You wouldn’t want me comparing an issue or a piece of legislation to the terror attacks of 9/11, right? I didn’t think so.
So, to all those elected officials and to all those who try to guide people through faith, I ask you to stop with the Holocaust references. It’s offensive, it’s taking a very dark event in our past and marginalizing it, and it’s counterproductive, especially if you want to stay in office and a large part of your constituency is Jewish. Besides, people prefer leaders who unite other leaders and help their people, not politicians who divide other politicians and who offend their people, so not using the Holocaust is actually a pretty sound strategy.
On an unrelated topic, yesterday I reached one-thousand views on Rami Ungar the Writer. Thank you all who have been reading my blog and staying with me all this time. I hope we’re still together a thousand views later.