In the rhetoric of today’s political world, it seems as though that we have no shortage of Hitler comparisons and contrasts.
As I have often maintained, as a prerequisite to being able to apply a Hitler connotation toward someone who you don’t like, you must first and at least be able to identify the Axis and the Allied powers during WWII.
The response all too often to this point is, “Axis who? Is that like the Axis Hollywood show?”
Yes, for many Americans their knowledge of tyranny throughout the history of civilization is limited to, “Hitler was bad.”
This is likely why we have such of a lack of creativity in regard to all of our “dictator gone astray” inferences. Shouldn’t we be more inspired?
So, please allow me to make a few suggestions for the sake of originality regarding our continuing totalitarian hyperbole.
“He has about as much tolerance for his opponents as Vlad the Impaler.”
“He has the same veneration for women’s rights as King Henry the VIII.”
“His tax plan is going to screw us up the ass like Caligula did.”
“He wants to run foreign policy like Genghis Khan.”
“He has the same culturally revolutionary philosophy as Mao Tse-tung.”
So come on, the Hitler thing is so passé!
Mix it up a bit and have some fun with the nostalgia of our favorite despots from times gone by.
…And remember, you are only as good as your last autocratic cliché.