The first problem with these accusations is that they have no basis in reality. Someone should remind them that the great conservative opponent of Marxism and fascism, Winston Churchill, said in 1944 “Our policy is to create a national health service in order to ensure that everybody in the country, irrespective of means, age, sex, or occupation, shall have equal opportunities to benefit from the best and most up-to-date medical and allied services available.” They should be aware that Abraham Lincoln is not their ideal spokesperson. After all, he supported labor unions, massive federal funding of infrastructure, the awarding of free government land to western settlers, and the creation of the first progressive income tax. Obama is nothing more than a conventional liberal.
Of course the second problem with people who make these accusations is that debating the facts is precisely what they want to avoid. Smearing one’s opponents as supporters of a totalitarian ideology is a way of delegitimizing any arguments they make or any policies they support. It is a tactic straight out of the playbook of Richard Nixon and Joe McCarthy. It makes mature debate impossible. The American Jewish Congress rightly pointed out that such attacks “reflect a nasty and hyperbolic tendency on[in] our political culture, one which makes reasoned discourse impossible, confuses disagreement with evil, and which makes it impossible to distinguish evil from ordinary politics.”
Worst of all the people making these attacks are creating an equivalency between Obama’s policies and the crimes of the most evil regimes in history. These people diminish the horror of these monstrous crimes by comparing them to Obama’s policies. These people dishonor the victims of those crimes by using them to score cheap political points. To compare liberalism to socialism, Marxism, Nazism, fascism, or communism is despicable and wrong. To compare Obama to Hitler, Stalin, or Mao is disgusting and wrong. It was wrong when Democrats did it to Bush and it is wrong now. Anyone making these attacks should be ashamed.
—Peter Sicher, Magazine Editor