You may be right; you may have a point — maybe Republicans are lying about healthcare reform. But if your point is to say that they’re lying, why do you have to go Nazi on them? You know, there’s already a perfectly good word for liars: liars. Lying doesn’t make you a Nazi. Lying isn’t even what made the Nazis Nazis. People at Auschwitz weren’t upset ‘cause they were lied to. ‘You said there’d be a pool!’
You know, I shouldn’t have to explain this, but sharing one attribute with Nazis doesn’t make you one. The Nazis marched with great precision — that doesn’t mean [this marching band] are Nazis! The Nazis were notorious for brown shirts. That doesn’t make [this UPS employee] a Nazi!
…We have been having a conversation about civility and honest discourse because a madman went on a shooting rampage. But the measure of our discourse is not the effect that it has on a madman; the measure is what effect is should have on a rational person. So let’s take you at your word: if you literally believe the Republicans are using tactics that, unchecked, could lead to the Holocaust, where does it leave a rational person?
So call out the lies. Say they’re being douchebags and assholes, or assbags and doucheholes, ‘cause the rational mind understands that, for the most part, those titles are situational and often temporary. ‘Cause when it comes to civility and honest discourse, I have no problem with coarseness: what I have a problem with is people using hyperbole to induce an irrational fear of a particular group with the goal of ultimately reducing their numbers. Hey, you know who else did that?