The Holocaust should remain forever seared into the collective conscience of mankind. The systematic slaughter of six million men, women and children must also never be trivialized.
So it was repulsive that a Harvard-educated billionaire would compare the national conversation about income inequality to Hitler’s persecution of the Jews.
“Writing from the epicenter of progressive thought, San Francisco, I would call attention to the parallels of fascist Nazi Germany to its war on its ‘one percent,’ namely its Jews, to the progressive war on the American one percent, namely the ‘rich,’” Perkins wrote to the Wall Street Journal.
“This is a very dangerous drift in our American thinking. Kristallnacht was unthinkable in 1930; is its descendant ‘progressive’ radicalism unthinkable now?” Perkins asked.
Income inequality is an undeniable economic trend that can be traced back 30 years to the Reagan tax cuts. So asking what can be done to correct the disparity is the same as Kristallnacht?
Oh, you’re not familiar with Kristallnacht?
On the night of November 9-10, 1938, Hitler unleashed his jack booted storm troopers on Jews throughout Germany and Austria. As police looked on, they murdered 91 innocent people, destroyed thousands of Jewish homes and businesses, and burned more than 1,000 synagogues before sending 30,000 Jews to concentration camps.
Kristallnacht – crystal night – is named for the broken glass littering German and Austrian streets in the aftermath of the atrocity. It was the horrific, inhuman first act of the Holocaust that was soon to follow.
Perkin’s comparison of progressives to Nazis is by now threadbare. Almost from the moment he took office, right wingers portrayed President Obama as Hitler, revealing their ignorance over who Hitler was and the monstrosity he fathered.
That’s what you do when you can’t debate rationally; call your opponent Hitler and the argument is over.
Tom Perkins is in no danger of progressives confiscating his personal submarine (yes, personal submarine). His many homes aren’t going to be burned to the ground.
He and his family won’t be gassed because progressives ask why the manifold economic benefits Perkins enjoys have never trickled down to the middle class and working poor as promised by conservatives.
Perkins specious letter is not only an obscene affront to the memory of those millions murdered in the Holocaust, it’s a slap in the face to Americans who work hard, follow the rules, and yet see almost no economic progress.
While 82-year-old Tom Perkins agonizes over which Swiss bank he’ll use to stash his excess cash (somebody should tell this guy there are no luggage racks on hearses), you might be worried about making your next car payment.
Perkins has his defenders among the highly-paid right wing media shills who dependably lay down a steady barrage of lies, misinformation and distortions to make sure middle class Americans stay confused, scared and angry at the wrong people.
“Perkins barely scratched the surface of the War on Wealth that has spread under the Obama regime,” screeched MDJ columnist Michelle Malkin, amplifying Perkins’ shameful Nazi canard.
Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum, who presumably has only one job, chirped that working “two and three jobs to make ends meet” is “uniquely American.”
So pity the sad plight of billionaire Tom Perkins.
But save your tears for the 50-something Marietta executive who’s been out of work for two years and just lost his unemployment check thanks to the GOP; or the single Kennesaw mother who’s trying to raise two children on a fulltime minimum wage of $15,080 per year; or the disabled veteran in Powder Springs whose food stamp benefits were cut off by Republicans.
The problem with those folks, says Perkins' fellow billionaire Sam Zell, is that they're just plain lazy. "The 1 percent work harder," Zell declared recently, "the 1 percent are much bigger factors in all forms of our society."
Not all billionaires share Perkins’ paranoid delusions.
Warren Buffet agrees class warfare is being waged, “…but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning,” said the Oracle of Omaha.