I learned, close to 6 on Wednesday, too late to rewrite my editorial, that in the House debate over repealing the health-care legislation, Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) compared Republican claims about health care to Nazi lies, referred to Hitler’s “big lie,” and even talked about blood libel.
He could simply have said, “They told you there would be death panels, and it was a lie. They told you illegal immigrants would get coverage under this bill, and it was a lie.
Don’t believe a word they say, it’s all lies.”
But he went full-out using Holocaust comparisons, which does nothing to soothe our fractious political climate.
This kind of rhetoric is unacceptable and even dangerous, whether it comes from a Republican, Democrat, Tea Partier – or a member of the long-gone Know Nothing Party. In fact, it takes a “Know Nothing” to use it.