It really bothers me when people use language stupidly. You have to rate very high on self-pity to cry Nazi every time you get a parking ticket, or compare politicians to Hitler every time your candidate loses.
In the Inquisition midwives were burned as witches. People who deal with the life and death issues of health care are vulnerable to being labeled as angels of mercy, or if things go wrong- as cold-blooded killers.
I had heard that many Jewish people find the language being used by some in this debate to be offensive, here’s one man’s opinion…
Nazi is our N-word. That’s why it’s not okay with us — and shouldn’t be okay with anyone — to throw the word “Nazi” around unless you’re talking about actual Nazis. It’s definitely not okay to use it in a health care debate. In fact, put Nazi and doctor in the same sentence and you come up with one name and one name only — Josef Mengele, winner of the “Black Badge for the Wounded.”
If the more hysterical wing had to find something to say besides, “It’s just like the Nazis.” they might have to come up with some real arguments. That would be a real debate, which is what we need instead of name-calling.