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.



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