A favorite tactic in political arguing is using the Hitler card. It’s become such a cliche that you can say the argument has become absurd as soon as someone brings up comparisons to Hitler.
NowPublic has just published an article called “Hitler or Bloomberg? Take the Fascism’s in Fashion Quiz.” It’s selected quotes, and it challenges the reader to guess who said each.
I myself was guilty of using Hitler and Nazi analogies against George W. Bush during the height of his power. I found lots of similarities with the Bush regime and fascist regimes. A practical joke I used to do was take Mussolini’s essay defining fascism and replacing “fascist” with “conservative.” I posted this in conservative discussion groups and watched how many posters agreed with it. I also took selections from “Mein Kampf” and replaced “Jews” with “liberals.” Had the same effect.
I’m in the middle of reading the classic definitive history The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer. It’s very detailed, and really, Hitler was not a man of deep political thought. He just hated Jews and loved nationalism and power, and all his politics revolved around those. Reading the history of the Nazis, really, you can cherry pick most any quality and attach it to most any organization. So even if I agree with the political views of the writer, they lose their credibility as soon as they start playing the Hitler game.
As Jon Stewart said, “Only Hitler could be Hitler.”