by Menachem Z. Rosensaft
I understand why Rush Limbaugh has made a long series of abhorrent comparisons between President Barack Obama and Hitler. His sole purpose is to shock, to offend. According to radio host Limbaugh, Obama’s health care logo was “right out of Adolf Hitler’s playbook;” “Obama is asking citizens to rat each other out like Hitler did,” the president “is sending out his brownshirts to head up opposition to genuine American citizens who want no part of what Barack Obama stands for and is trying to stuff down our throats;” and “Adolf Hitler, like Barack Obama, also ruled by dictate.” And talk show host Glenn Beck disparaged the president’s plan to expand the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps as “what Hitler did withthe SS. ”More recently, two mainstream establishment political personalities — one Republican, the other a Democrat — have joined Limbaugh and Beck in making similarly repugnant moral equivalences.