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Playing the Nazi Card isn’t Always Wrong

I generally like the writings of P. J. O’Rourke. One of my favorites is, “When you think of the good old days, think ‘dentistry.’” Can you imagine dentistry before the advent of precision medical devices and anesthetics, not just for dentistry but for all invasive medical procedures? “The greatest invention of the modern world is anesthetics,” Dr. Gary North writes, “Prior to 1844, in preparation for an operation, you drank booze until you passed out — hopefully. Then the physician — ‘sawbones,’ he was called — got started hacking away.”

In a recent article, O’Rourke discussed playing the Hitler card in reference to comments that Mike Huckabee made about President Obama’s Iran deal. Huckabee said that the pending agreement with Iran “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Here is O’Rourke’s response:

“’Playing the Hitler card’ is an infallible sign that a politician has run out of intelligent, substantive and plausible ways to criticize an opponent. This would be amusing (Mel Brooks made Hitler amusing), except ‘playing the Hitler card’ is also an infallible sign that a politician has run out of amusing ways to criticize an opponent…


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