I've just about had it with people on both sides of the health reform debate with their hyperbole, loose representations of the facts and, worst of all, references to Nazis and fascism.
Let's review three examples.
A woman attends a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and carries a sign to the microphone which depicts President Obama as a Nazi. Frank, to his credit, discredits the woman.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), a Jew who should know better, says those who shout down town hall meetings are using a "fascist tactic."
An Israeli guy talks about the benefits of his nation's national health care and a woman shouts "Heil Hitler" at him. The man is visibly and understandably shaken and angry.
Not that anyone should have to say this, but Obama is not a Nazi, those who shout down others at meetings aren't fascists and the Israeli guy is obviously not a Nazi. Those who make these outrageous claims detract from the debate, discredit those who might agree with them on health reform and, worse of all, dishonor the memories of those who fought or who were victimized by the Nazis.
This is not the first time I've said it, and sadly, it likely won't be the last. But stop with the Nazi references already!