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