By Randolph D. Brandt
It dawned on me when people started calling Barack Obama a Nazi.
He’s a black man, for God’s sake; by definition, he can’t be a Nazi. It’s like calling a Jew a Nazi – an oxymoron.
But only a moron would fail to realize what’s really going on here, and I’m sure Obama realized it from the first day – a lifetime’s experience taught him to recognize it – but yet he can’t say it.
No, then he’d be “playing the race card.”
A lot of people hate Barack Obama because he’s black. Worse, he’s a black man who’s no longer in his place, and by that I mean he’s president of the United States.
If that’s not, not in his place, then nothing is.
Just as Barack Obama cannot acknowledge this conundrum, neither can his opponents because then they’d be, well, racists.
But whenever I see a whole lot of false accusations, wildly exaggerated claims, scary foreshadowings of doom and scapegoating, I recognize The Big Lie.
As Joseph Goebbels knew, if you say it often enough, even otherwise reasonable people will begin to believe it.
Ironically, in this turnabout, it’s the object of The Big Lie who’s accused of a big lie.
There’s not enough difference between the Democrats’ health-care reform plan and the Republicans’ health-care reform plan to justify the kind of hatred that’s being spewed out all over this country right now.
As they say, it’s never really about what it’s about.
In this instance, it’s about putting Barack Obama back in his place.
Randolph D. Brandt is the retired editor of The Journal Times.