Back in 2009, at the outset of the Obama administration,when a few Tea Party protestors compared the President of the United States to Adolph Hitler, the blogger Zombie, in this retrospective, reminded us how regularly liberal protestors did the same thing when George W. Bush was president. “One”, that blogger observed,
. . . would think that this would not be particularly newsworthy, but Democrats, the White House and their supporters are expressing outrage at this “horrifying” and “menacing” turn of events. (Or faux-outrage, at least.) Pundits, bloggers, media outlets and even top politicians like Nancy Pelosi are claiming that such signs are unprecedented, racist, and even that anyone who brings a swastika to a protest must be self-identifying as a Nazi (instead of accusing their opponents of being Nazis).
This all came to mind when, over the weekend, a left-of-center friend posted on Facebook that she was appalled
. . . to see a group of anti-Obama protesters with slur written signs towards our President as well as signs using the Nazi sign – I believe everyone has a right to their beliefs but the amount of disrespect towards this President is unfathomable and disgusting…what made it worse was the number of people cheering them on or honking their horns in agreement – a sad state of affairs we have reached in America…
She is right to be appalled. It is wrong to compare the President of the United States to the “Führer” of the Third Reich. That said, the amount of disrespect shown toward Mr. Obama is no less disgusting than that shown to Mr. Bush.
One only wonders why some only started speaking up against such slurs after George W. Bush left office.
We have indeed reached a sad state of affairs in America when people slur the President of the United States as do those who compare him to Hitler. But, we had reached that state of affairs long before Barack Obama took office, indeed, long before George W. Bush took office.
Let us hope that in the next Republican administration, those who today express such concerns about civil discourse will continue to do so.
NB: Yes, I know I’m not the first to make this point. It just came to the fore this weekend as I followed the discussion in the thread to the aforementioned Facebook post.