There’s a tendency to compare persons one adores or despises with prominent figures in history. This is a sort of “psychological shorthand,” or simplified way of ascribing several attributes to the original subject of the comparison as quickly and easily as possible. Unfortunately, the method often doesn’t work very well.
In the first place, it assumes that one knows the relevant details of both parties in the comparison, which is seldom the case. And it assumes that those details are largely similar, something that is also often not the case.
So what does it mean when someone on the left compares President Trump to Adolph Hitler? Actually, several things. First, it indicates that they don’t know much about either man. Second, it demonstrates that they are unwilling to do the work necessary to figure out if the comparison is accurate. And, finally, it shows that they are intellectually lazy. Since the left is not willing to raise the question, we will: Is there any accuracy to the comparison?
Fortunately, we have the testimony of someone who lived in Germany under Hitler’s reign, and who later came to America and became an American citizen. She said there is no comparison, and unlike President Trump’s critics on the left, she explains her reasoning in detail with 5 simple words: “Trump is not like Hitler.”
This lady is, “Inga Andrews, who was born in Dusseldorf, Germany, during Hitler’s reign. While most kids were playing with friends, Andrews was hiding in air raid shelters and helping to clean up the rubble from destroyed buildings to rebuild her city.”
Mrs. Andrews is certainly in a unique position to evaluate such a comparison, having lived both as a German under Hitler and now living as an American while Donald Trump is president. Her statements are compelling:
“What is going on in this country is giving me chills. Trump is not like Hitler. Just because a leader wants order doesn’t mean they’re like a dictator.
“What reminds me more of Hitler than anything else isn’t Trump, it’s the destruction of freedom of speech on the college campuses — the agendas fueled by the professors.
“That’s how Hitler started, he pulled in the youth to miseducate them, to brainwash them, it’s happening today.”
There is an enormous amount of information contained in those few sentences. Not only does she dismiss the proposition that Trump is like Hitler, but she focuses her criticism on the abridgement of free speech on college campuses. That, according to Mrs. Andrews is where the comparison is valid – the professors at the universities are mimicking Hitler in their encouragement of the destruction of freedom of speech and in brainwashing the students.
Those are powerful remarks that ought to be reproduced and sent to every faculty member of every university in the nation. How ironic that the professors who are encouraging the sort of thinking that leads to the erroneous conclusion that Trump is like Hitler are the ones who are actually employing one of Hitler’s techniques themselves.
After sending that message to every college faculty member, the follow excerpt from Mrs. Andrews’ remarks should be sent to every college student:
“Professors shouldn’t be telling their students to go after freedom of speech. They should be telling them that this is the greatest country in the world.
“The demonstrators can’t tell you why they’re demonstrating. I’m not a Republican. I’m not a Democrat. I just want the country to be at peace.
“I see what is happening here reflecting some of the things we saw in Germany, and it’s terrifying. It’s sad. But it’s not because of Trump. It’s because of poor education.
“Trump is not like Hitler. The theory that he is propaganda. Yes, I lived through some of Nazi Germany, but all you have to do is read some books about that period to see how wrong that theory is.”
The university professors who are encouraging or supporting the sort of garbage we recently saw at Berkeley are derelict in their responsibilities and should be ashamed of how they are betraying not only the integrity of their profession, but also the students in their charge.
Igna Andrews sounds like a modern day prophet. Let’s just hope we turn things around before her prophecy turns out to be true.
Source: Independent Journal Review