Showing Language and History More Respect

08 October 2013 |permalink | email article

Frank Bruni opines in The New York Times that the methodical extermination of millions of Jews by a brutal regime intent on world domination would resist appropriation as an all-purpose metaphor.You mind think, of all things, genocide might be safe from conversation into sloppy simile. You’re be wrong. After Paul Ryann’s fact-challenged address at the Republican National Convention last year. the chairman of the Democratic Party in California actually compared him and his compatriots to the Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. A short time later, the chairman of thr Democratic Party in South Carolina likened the state’s Republican governor, Nicky Haley, to Adolf Hitler’s mistress, Eva Braun. At that point Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, implored politicians and pundits, to stop it already. No matter. Allusions to Nazi Germany were back for debates over gun control and of course, Obamacare. Ted Cruz, the Senate’s prince of tirades, compared people who claim that the new insurance program that can’t be stopped to those who who rolled over for the Third Reich. This prompted a public reprimand from John McCain, who has developed something of a sideline career of swatting Cruz.

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