The individuals who call Donald Trump “Hitler” are the same people who call me racist when I say I disagree with Obamacare or call me a bigot, because I am against illegal immigration.
Responding quickly with an insult does not make you smart; in fact it makes you seem unintelligent. It is one thing to debate the issues with the facts, but when you resort to name-calling we all lose credibility.
Marguerite Wilson decided to go with the latter with her letter in Sunday’s Frederick News-Post, “A firsthand lesson on the Hitler-Trump comparison.” It is fine for her to disagree and question every word that comes out of Trump’s mouth. Thanks to the Bill of Rights, we are awarded that freedom. But she cannot tell me that she honestly believes Trump is comparable to Hitler.
Hitler is one of, if not the most evil person in the history of humanity. He is directly responsible for the murder of millions of Jewish people and contributed to the death of the millions who bravely fought to defeat him.
When you call Trump “Hitler,” you change the discourse of the debate. Are Trump and his supporters supposed to respond by saying he is not Hitler? To which you respond, yes he is.
I remember those arguments. I had them with my sister when I was 6. I called her a dork. She responded, “I’m not a dork.”
Is this what we want? Because I don’t. I want a debate of substance. I want to read a letter that discusses the issues that explain why we should let in more Syrian refugees, and why a wall on the U.S./Mexican border is injustice.
I for one feel that we are at a turning point in our country. We are at the metaphorical fork in the road. We can head towards a European society where we have open borders; we allow our government to control our health care, our universities and private enterprise; or we can go the other way — protect our country from Islamic extremists, end illegal immigration and force people to immigrate into our country through a visa program and applying for citizenship. A road that will allow free-market enterprise to make advancements in medicine, and to create a free-market system that allows insurance companies to compete across state lines.
But in her letter, Wilson did none of that. In fact, she didn’t compare Trump to Hitler at all. Instead, she wrote a letter with the purpose of doing just that, putting Trump and Hitler in the same tabloid. She painted with broad brush strokes, hitting on the headlines from the drive-by media (credit to Rush Limbaugh) rather than disputing with facts.
Then to conclude her letter for good measure, she threw in Russian President Vladimir Putin who, thanks to President Obama’s policies, has been able to invade the Ukraine and shoot down a commercial aircraft while selling military arms to Iran.
Let’s hit the reset button, shall we.
Trump is unlike no other candidate we have seen in recent memory. Yes, he is unpolished and has more political gaffs than we can count. But let’s get one thing straight: He is not Adolf Hitler. You may not agree with him and that is fine. I am not asking you to support him or even vote for him. What I am asking Wilson and others is to not take the lazy route. Use your voice and free speech in media to discuss the issues and not to evoke fear.