Hillary Clinton Compares Job Loss to the Holocaust
Does anyone else find this extremely offensive?
At the union hall in Gary, she grew so animated in describing the plight of old-line industrial workers that she described them in language from the oft-repeated poem, attributed to the German pastor Martin Niemöller, about the victims of Nazism. “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Socialist,” goes the version inscribed on a wall at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington. After coming for the trade unionists, it continues, “they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Jew.”
In Mrs. Clinton’s version, she intoned: “They came for the steel companies and nobody said anything. They came for the auto companies and nobody said anything. They came for the office companies, people who did white-collar service jobs, and no one said anything. And they came for the professional jobs that could be outsourced, and nobody said anything.”
“So this is not just about steel,” she finished.
It sucks to lose your job. My former employer recently announced that there were moving headquarters out of town and sending 270 jobs with them. I feel horrible for my friends who now have to choose whether to follow the company to another city or to find another job. But you know what's worse, and, in fact, not even comparable to that - having yourself, your family, your friends, and your entire community murdered.
This kind of rhetoric is just an extension of the whole Bushitler crap we've heard for the last eight years. Bush is Hitler and his economic policies are like the Holocaust. While the people who say things like this may think they're making a clever comparison, what they're doing is actually minimizing what real evil is. If Bush is Hitler and the Holocaust is like losing your job, then Hitler and the Holocaust weren't that bad, right? To make a far more appropriate allusion, those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
Posted by at April 28, 2008 11:06 AM
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|# April 28th, 2008 2:00 PM KVBigSis|
|I think you're overreacting. That poem has been used many, many times in non-Holocaust analogies. It's applicable in a wide variety of situations, and this is one of them. I'm no Clinton fan, but this doesn't bother me at all. |
|# April 28th, 2008 2:11 PM kris|
|I'd argue that it's not. While I should certainly act to stop my fellow man from being shipped off to a concentration camp, I certainly don't have any moral obligation to keep factory jobs in America. People can (and need to) adjust to economic changes. |