Time to forget or time to remember?


Jordan Rosenfeld, in his letter of May 9, said it’s time to stop the comparisons with Hitler and Nazi Germany, such as made by Jim Donovan (me) and Tom Pickwell in making their (separately submitted) cases against Big Brother in America and his ever bigger and bolder encroachments upon the liberty fought for by our inspired founders and guaranteed by the Constitution they created.

Mr. Rosenfeld’s arguments, however, invalidate themselves for the following reasons:

Hitler didn’t begin his quest for power with storm troopers and gas ovens but by kissing babies and promising to restore Germany’s economy and proud place in the world after World War I.

Similarly, Big Brother in America disguises its quest for power in the guise of protecting the public (from itself) and other benevolent causes that have expanded to the point where individual liberty is being sacrificed for the so-called common good. The most current example of which is the seemingly trivial plastic bag issue (seemingly trivial because a paper bag costs the public a mere 10 cents).

Rosenfeld argues that it’s time to stop the Nazi comparisons because they are rooted in a history no longer relevant in this age of computers, I-Phones, etc., so it’s time to move on.

Move on, from the first outside-world discoveries of Hitler’s gas ovens and the dumpsters of countless skeletons in 1945 when everyone said “Lest we forget”?

“Enough with the Nazi comparisons,” Mr. Rosenfeld? “Because today we cannot realistically fear that anything resembling Nazi Germany will ever happen here”.

Specifically, probably not, but in another form that is rooted in the same incremental quest for power from the top down, you can bet on it.

And as history from the beginning of time attests, the loser is invariably the individual.

Time to forget, Mr. Rosenfeld, or time to remember?

Jim Donovan