People don’t like Barack Obama so he’s a Socialist. No, he’s a Nazi! No wait, he wasn’t even born in this country! He’s an illegitimate Kenyan Socialist Nazi Muslim! His name isn’t even Barack Obama; it’s Barry Soetero!
These are actual attacks made by actual people in this, the United States of America. Sarah Palin says Barack Obama “pals around with terrorists” because he’s neighbors and friendly with a college professor named William Ayers.
Of course, this type of retardation isn’t limited to one side of the political aisle, and on Monday, Harry Reid compared people who oppose health care reform to…wait for it…anti-abolitionists. Brother.
Instead of joining us on the right side of history, all the Republicans can come up with is, ‘Slow down, stop everything, let’s start over,’ ” Reid said in a floor speech on Monday.
“If you think you’ve heard these same excuses before, you’re right,” Reid said.
He continued: “When this country belatedly recognized the wrongs of slavery, there were those who dug in their heels and said, ‘Slow down, it’s too early, things aren’t bad enough.’”
Ugh. Are Republicans stalling? Duh. Yes. Is their opposition in any way comparable to the actions of people who saw and treated other human beings as chattel? No. Absolutely not.
So stop with the hyperbole, everyone. We get it; that burger your eating is really good, but don’t try to hand it to us, saying things like, “You’ve got to try this; it’s the greatest burger ever.” It’s not.
At the same time, how about if we retire a few names for comparison purposes. No one is allowed to compare anyone to Pol Pot or Adolf Hitler or Joseph Goebbels or Attila the Hun (trying to get out front on that one). Nobody alive today — let alone the President of the United States — is anything even remotely like Hitler, and nobody in the United States Congress is doing anything even remotely comparable to propping up slavery.
Except for maybe Jim Inhofe. He’s terrible.