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."