Something happened yesterday and I want to know if my politics are clouding my judgement here. So all you guys who identify yourselves as conservatives - Duck, KenP, anyone else who disagrees with President Obama's politics - I'd like to know if I'm letting my personal politics get in the way.
Yesterday, I had to go to the Post Office. On the sidewalk near the entrance were a couple of people, a man and a woman, and a number of signs complaining about President Obama. Hey, whatever, it's an election year, and even though they've got an uphill climb in very liberal Rhode Island, everyone has their opinions. The thing that really got to me was that they had a bunch of signs that portrayed President Obama with a Hitler mustache. I lost my shit, literally screaming at them about just how inappropriate it was to put a Hitler mustache on the sitting President of the United States, whoever he is. "You think that's funny? You think that makes a point?" I screamed. "Ask a Jew about that comparison...you fucking assholes have no idea just how offensive that is!"
Not being exactly in my right mind I failed to mention that Hitler despised the political left; he hated Bolshevism and Communists almost as much as he hated Jews, but that's neither here nor there.
I mentioned fairly recently that I treat officeholders with respect, notwithstanding whether or not I agree with their politics. For example President Bush had the right to call him "Rummy," but I never called him anything but "Secretary Rumsfeld," despite my complete lack of respect for the job he did. It's a lesson I learned from my dad as readers of this little chucklefest might remember. So putting a Hitler mustache on President Obama offends and outrages me on a number of levels, being an American, and being a Jew.
But I'm also a registered Democrat, proud of it, and have every intention of voting that way come November. And that's why I would like the opinion of my friends on the other side of the political spectrum: How offended would you be to see the President of your country, even though you didn't vote for him, being compared to Hitler?
And just in case you needed any information on just how evil Hitler was, consider: everyone knows that Hitler killed 6 million Jews. What you might not know was that the entire Jewish population of Europe was 9 million. Hitler killed 66% of all the Jews as far west as France and as far east as Romania. Today, there are less than 1.2 million Jews in all of Europe. It's a population that might take 20 generations to replenish itself.
And THAT'S the person to whom our President was compared.