Sunday's Editorial

Let's stop comparing our presidents to Hitler

What do Adolph Hitler and President Barack Obama have in common?

Nothing. 

Far too often, critics of the president of the United States like to compare him and his policies to the Fuhrer in order to grossly exaggerate their point. Hitler was evil. So is Obama, they say.

“Both Hitler and Obama use domestic terrorists to launch their careers.”

“Nazi Germany [like Obama’s presidency] was a totalitarian Big Brother police state that constantly monitored everything that German citizens did.”

A Tea Party website promotes this little gem: “Prevent the next holocaust right here in America.”

During the past few years of Obama’s tenure in office, we’ve often heard from several of our own readers and letter writers who characterize the two similarly.

We believe this logic erroneous and, quite frankly, unnecessarily insulting to the office of the president. 

Now, before you call us the liberal media defending a socialist president, know that we had the same complaint when George W. Bush held office. Many critics leveled the same comparison and we believed it was just as illogical then.

Hitler was an insane zealot, a war monger responsible for sending the world into conflict and killing almost 6 million Jews. 

It’s unnecessary to compare him to any of our elected chief executives whose duty is to protect our nation and its people.

To do so not only unfairly characterizes our elected leader, but it insults those in our community, our country, who actually fought against the ultimate evil.



More Opinion

Georgia Says

Albany (Georgia) Herald on Islamic State's threat to America: Call it ISIS, ISIL or the Islamic State. By any name it is deadly, and America ... Read More


Because it’s none of our business

Grantville’s parks and recreation director was suspended for one week without pay. And the reason for that was … Hang on a seco ... Read More


Try voting for a change

A popular Coweta County middle school teacher resigned last week and was later charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana. And the Int ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: RANT: A 41-year-old, Michael Rivera of Palmetto, died in a single-vehicle accide ... Read More


Georgia Says

The Times, Gainesville, Georgia, on expressions of faith: On any given fall Friday night, you'd be hard-pressed to find a football field in ... Read More

Foley beheading is ‘growing up’ moment for social media

The beheading of American journalist James Foley – and the distribution of images showing that crime – have led to a moment of m ... Read More