Saturday, June 26, 2004

Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop

My brother has written a letter to several newspapers in the Boston area. I think it is good enough to get more national coverage, with my huge readership (almost 20 a day!)
The Bush-Cheney campaign has placed a new ad on their web site called "The Faces of John Kerry's Democratic Party." In the montage of personalities that includes Al Gore and Michael Moore, the Bush-Cheney campaign has decided to include a picture of Adolf Hitler. I am struggling to try to understand the rationale for their inclusion of Hitler. Are they drawing a comparison between the Democratic Party to the Third Reich? Are they suggesting that supporting a Democrat will lead to the rise of a dictator such as Adolf? Sixty years after World War II and the atrocities committed by Hitler and his followers, the image of Hitler is still guaranteed to incite strong negative emotions, and it is reprehensible for anyone to include his image in an advertisement, political or otherwise. Could the Bush people simply be trying a pedestrian tactic of getting voters to associate John Kerry with Hitler? If so, then I think that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show summarized it well: George Bush isn’t stupid. He just thinks we are.

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