Yesterday evening, many Americans watched as President Obama addressed Congress on the health care reform issue.
The health care problem is a complex one and no solution will please everybody. Of course, there are a lot of people who support it as well as those who find it misguided.
Then there are those who find it evil.
Take Sarah Palin. On August 10, she wrote on her Facebook account:
"The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front of Obama's 'death panel' so his bureaucrats can decide, based on a subjective judgment of their 'level of productivity in society,' whether they are worthy of health care,...Such a system is downright evil,"
Then there's the following:
"Why are you supporting this Nazi policy?"-Asked of Rep Barney Frank.
Not to mention that the woman who asked him that question was carrying a sign with a picture of Obama distorted to look like none other than Adolph Hitler.
Back when George W Bush was president, a few extremists on the left took to comparing him to Hitler and calling him a "Nazi". I didn't agree with that. I found it childish. So did a lot of Republicans.
But now that someone non-Republican is in the office, it seems that the extremists on the right have taken up the mantle of Nazi comparisons. Nice piece of work.
"Evil" "Nazi Policy". So says the ideologues and zealots on either side. They don't see the other side as simply wrong or misguided. They see it as comparable to the most monstrous real evil of the 20th century. But to them it's politics as evil.