Subscribers to this blog got a special e-mail notification regarding the previous posting. I did receive a number of reply e-mails, and they were nearly all positive. However, since Holocaust imagery when used out of context can trigger strong emotions, it seems prudent to post this follow-up piece.
Most Jews assume a proprietary interest in all matters relating to the Holocaust, and while this is understandable, and while I have sympathy for this point of view, it is not unlimited.
The reason is that World War II, viewed dispassionately, was itself a mammoth holocaust—in which at least 50 million, and probably closer to 70 million souls perished. Moreover, by any rational reckoning, the vast majority of these deaths were all tragic, and the victims were innocent.
For every military man like the famous Georg von Trapp, who fled Austria rather than serve the Nazis, hundreds of thousands were drafted, and would either serve or be executed. Likewise, the vast majority of civilian victims were innocent, as well. To be sure, one can count up war criminals and vicious perpetrators, but set against a backdrop of 70 million, they are significant only inasmuch as they—not the rank and file—were the offenders.
A further problem is defending the notion of which deaths are more tragic than others. Remove the obvious cases of a three-year-old dying from leukemia versus the eventual death in prison of notorious octogenarian thug Whitey Bulger. Consider instead why an office worker dying in the Twin Towers on 9/11 is any more tragic than a motorist being killed in an accident in the Holland Tunnel on the same day—or any other day, for that matter.
By the same token, why is the individual death of a Jew in a concentration camp any more tragic than some Japanese civilian dying during the bombing of Hiroshima? Remove the politics from this, and you begin to see that these holocausts are almost inevitably the work of one or another government.
Which brings us to the relevance of Nazi imagery when one discusses Obamacare. Often suppressed from polite discourse is the glaring fact that universal government-run health care was started by none other than Adolf Hitler. He expanded greatly on the original program of Otto von Bismarck, which only applied to the poor.
And make no mistake. He knew exactly what he was doing. By controlling an enterprise that affects everyone, usually when they are at their most vulnerable, he could exercise even more of his precious fascist control. At the very least, treatment could be withheld from some, and forced on others. It is no secret that many of the Nazis' "best" methods of extermination were first developed in their government-run hospitals.
At its most benign, Obamacare is a gigantic power grab that rips the heart out of a good, if imperfect, American health care system. But it is far from benign in practice, and will facilitate massive fraud and many needless deaths.