Fein's Hitler Comparison Reveals Ignorance of Nazi Atrocities
by Kevin_Foley
 Politics Progressive
September 18, 2012 07:57 AM | 2162 views | 11 11 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Dr. Mel Fein is evidently unaware of Adolf Hitler's murderous reign.

 

I usually eviscerate Fein's sloppily constructed arguments when his columns post in the MDJ. It's not hard to do because Fein provides so much mindless drivel with which to work. But his latest Obama-Hitler comparison is beyond the pale and deserves an expanded rebuttal.

 

Dr. Fein, Hitler murdered six million Jews. He started a world war that killed scores of millions more. In Germany he ruthlessly hunted down and exterminated an unknown number of his political opponents. Hitler dropped bombs on innocent civilians across Europe.

 

It took the combined forces of good to crush this unimaginable evil.

 

So comparing the duly elected and personally popular president of the United States to one of the worst monsters to ever walk the planet renders the lives of those Hitler slaughtered meaningless.

 

Knowingly or unknowingly Fein invokes the Holocaust when he says Hitler and, “As we’ve said repeatedly, invoking the Holocaust to make a political point is never acceptable," according to the National Jewish Democratic Council.

 

That's because Fein and others who compare Obama to Hitler make the Nazi leader little more than a cartoon character, his crimes against humanity mere footnotes in history. By playing the "Hitler card" - as unoriginal and offensive as it is - Fein reveals he really has little or no understanding of what Hitler did.

 

His latest screed attempts to justify Fein's disgusting and disgraceful line of attack by declaring, "It should, therefore have (sic) come as no surprise that Mitt Romney has been compared with Joseph Goebbels and his wife, Ann, with Eva Braun."

 

Who made that comparison? Such an inflammatory statement demands attribution. Fein offers none.

 

It gets worse. Fein suggests Obama and his supporters have, "emulated the Nazi example. Amazing as it may sound, their playbook is a variation on the Hitler school of politics. The evidence is both chilling and overwhelming."

 

So we look for that "chilling and overwhelming" evidence.

 

Gestapo in black leather coats banging on doors at midnight? SS storm troopers in jackboots goose-stepping down Cobb Parkway? Construction of concentration camps where political opponents will be gassed and incinerated?

 

"In the past, I have been taken to task for comparing some of Obama’s actions with those of Hitler, but I am about to double down.

Mind you, Obama does not advocate a 'final solution,' nor will he intentionally start a world war, but he has copied many of the Fuehrer’s methods."

 

Oh, I get it. The president is only guilty of doing the non-lethal stuff Hitler did. I feel much better.

 

Fein goes on to support his daring "double down" with more of the same threadbare and mostly discredited laundry list of Obama gripes he made last week and the week before that, garbage you can hear any night of the week on Sean Hannity's show.

 

Nothing new from Dr. Fein. Nothing original. Certainly nothing to demonstrate he's given very much thought to what he writes. But isn't that what educators are supposed to do, especially if they have terminal degrees and teach at major universities? Think?

 

I wonder if KSU President Dr. Dan Papp reads Fein? If he does, is Papp proud Fein is one of his university's prominent "thought leaders."

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Frank S Perry
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September 20, 2012
The nazis are everywhere! "Blame immigrants!" scream the Fascist Stormtrooper Tea-Party zealots and right-wing "populists". BLAME IMMIGRANTS for a financial meltdown caused by both Wall Street and Main Street,this is a real example of the Hitler effect. Anti-immigration laws and the crackdowns on undocumented by the brownshirted Republicans is exactly likle Hitler's fatherland.
Lib in Cobb
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September 19, 2012
Kevin: Very good. "Coloring books". I am laughing.
Kevin Foley
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September 19, 2012
@ Adams - Published author? Of what, coloring books?
frogbreath
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September 18, 2012
I am not sure if Papp reads Fein. I am sure that Foley writes pap!
Kevin Foley
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September 18, 2012
@ Mr. Halle - That Dr. Fein published his Hitler abomination on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish day of atonement, makes it all the more reprehensible.



I don't know if Fein is a practicing Jew, but if he is, I do hope he reflects on what Hitler really means to all people.

Oliver G. Halle
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September 18, 2012
It is disheartening that Dr. Fein makes a living at taxpayer expense. His agenda driven columns lead one to ask if he teaches the same way. Each week we read his stereotyping of Democrats and Liberals, as though their political and social beliefs are lockstep. One would think as an academician Dr. Fein would be a little more open-minded, that he would consider that one can be a social liberal in seeking more individual liberty while very concerned about fiscal and individual responsibility. And much more. But his weekly attacks on the president and Democrats/Liberals is always the same and always unsupported by facts, documentation, sources, or anything one can check out. I have to wonder if he downgrades students who disagree with him in class? I wonder if his students are afraid to offer dissenting viewpoints and opinions? A final point---Fein should tell us about his personal relationship with Obama since he is comfortable with referring to him by his first name in his weekly columns. Perhaps they are closer than he lets on.
Chico Pez
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September 18, 2012
Hitler was "democratically elected and personally popular," too, so what's the point of saying it? The left spent eight long years comparing Bush to Hitler. Unfortunately, now you haven't really arrived in politics until someone compares you to Hitler. It's sick and it's wrong, but it would be nice if the people who get outraged over the other side doing it would police their own.
Devlin Adams
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September 18, 2012
To Melissa, Sugar, I suggest you just continue to read the columns and not the comments. Obviously disagreement does not suit you.

By the way, I am a published author, so seeing my words in black and white is not what motivates me to call down this "cut and paste" lackey for the left, posing as a journalist.
Melissa Pike
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September 18, 2012
I usually just read the columns and ignore the comments but the overt partisan comments on Kevin's column are just too much to ignore. This ONE time y'all can't just let it go that, "Yeah, that Dr. Fein guy was wrong" and he got called out for it? You really needed to reiterate your disagreement with PAST columns just to see your words in black and white again? That is too sad. Sometimes water is just wet, the sky is just blue and you don't need to add your two cents about that other instance.
Nazis and the DNC
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September 18, 2012
I think Dr. Fein may have, indeed, made a mistake.

Dick Harppolitan, the chairman of the South Carolina Democratic party, announced at a delegation breakfast during the DNC's convention that NIKKI HALEY, not Ann Romney, was "down in the basement a la Eva Braun."

John Burton, leader of the Democratic party in California, compared ALL Republicans to Joseph Goebbels.

Pat Lehman, another power hitter for Democrats, also made a sweeping statement about Republicans being like Hitler.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Romneys have been compared by someone to fascists somewhere, but all of these references I've mentioned were made at the Democrats' National Convention, which is a much bigger platform than that of a small paper like the MDJ.

Devlin Adams
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September 18, 2012
Foley, it is too bad that your ability to recognize flawed arguments on the part of others who engage in mindless name calling, does not extend to the point of giving you a clear and unbiased look at the drivel you regular spout, in the name of journalism.

Dr. Fein is wrong many times, but your percentage of wrongs and his are about the same.

Want an example? You referred to Obama as a "personally popular President." Hardly true, based on the polls. His approval rating is not one to earn the description you afforded him.
Kevin Foley is a 1979 graduate of the University of Connecticut and a former newspaper reporter. In 1981, he began his 30-year career in public relations, working in account management for Burson-Marsteller and Ketchum, two international PR firms. In 1986, he launched KEF Media in Chicago, a firm specializing in broadcast and Internet public relations. He moved the company to Atlanta in 1993. His career has taken him around the world and to every major city in America. Along the way he has worked with celebrities and public figures like Hank Aaron, Jane Seymour, Bob Dole, Nolan Ryan and Ryan Seacrest. Kevin went into semi-retirement in 2009 to pursue his long delayed writing career. In 2008 he published his first novel, "Where Law Ends," and has three other novels in various stages of completion. Kevin serves on the board of directors at Pinetree Country Club where enjoys golf and tennis. He and his wife Susie live in Kennesaw. The couple has two grown children.

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