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Reader: 'Hitler was a progressive'


Marty Morelli June 29th, 2011

I would like to make several comments concerning statements made in the June 15 Gazette.

First, Kurt Hochenauer (Commentary, “Not fit for fitness”), English professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, is worried because a fitness report recently ranked the Oklahoma City area as “dead last.” Could the problem be that many in OKC eat too much and exercise too little? Of course not. The problem is our lack of parks, swimming pools and tennis courts. The remedy is for the city to build more sidewalks and exercise trails.

As a personal trainer and former gym owner, I believe most people can maintain adequate fitness if they eat in moderation, exercise regularly and avoid unhealthy activities such as smoking. Personal responsibility will keep you a lot more fit than additional sidewalks or trails.

Secondly, Matt Atkinson (Letters, “McVay is correct”) asserts that liberals have to use words like “Fascist” and “Nazi” to “quote the things Glenn Beck says about people.” The problem with this statement is that both movements were primarily left wing. Merriam-Webster defines “fascism” as “a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition.” This isn’t the viewpoint of people like Glenn Beck.

“Nazi” is a shortened version of “National Socialist.” According to Robert O. Paxton in “The Anatomy of Fascism,” the movement first appeared in France in 1911 as a club of intellectuals aimed “to unite nationalists and left-wing antidemocrats” to mount an attack on “Jewish capitalism.” It’s founder, George Valois, worked tirelessly to convert the working class away from Marxist-based internationalism to a more nation-based socialism. This, again, is not the view of Beck.

Finally, Brandon Wertz (Letters, “The gospel according to a ‘liberal’”) states that the word “progressive,” by its very name, implies progress, which is never bad. Hitler was a progressive who advocated change. Try telling 6 million dead Jews that change was progress.

—Marty Morelli
Oklahoma City
 
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06.29.2011 at 11:26 Reply

It’s rather offensive for Marty to imply that those called “Progressive” today are somehow associated with genocide, and I dare him to prove that’s on their agenda.  What he considers Hitler’s “progress” is exactly what’s wrong with conservatives.  In an attempt to berate liberals they must tie them to histories biggest mass murderer.  That’s real classy!
 
It is a fact that liberals are moving toward a state of complete equality (as seen in landmark New York Gay Marriage decision), which is a far cry from the concentration camps and gas chambers utilized by the Nazis.  Marty spits on the dignity of every human being that liberals rally behind, as well as the entire Jewish community, with this comparison. 
 
While it’s true that liberals are fond of referring to conservatives as fascists, it’s worth noting that the term is not used without evidentiary basis.  That term is applied because of the escalated police state we are forced to live in as a result of the laws enacted immediately following 9/11.  Things like warrantless wiretaps, federal access to public library records, and detentions without trial.  That’s what comes off as fascist!  The caveat of that is, if those laws had been enacted under a democratic president, the term could easy have applied to the left.
 
If I were to take the same liberties that Marty has taken in an attempt castigate conservatives I doubt that he would appreciate people pointing out the fact that the ‘R’ in IRA stands for Republican.  And the IRA (Irish Republican Army) is classified as a terrorist group, and therefore Republicans are terrorists!  Sounds pretty ridiculous doesn’t it?  But that’s the same kind of half-assed Rocky and Bullwinkle logic that Glenn Beck employs.  For the record, I don’t believe Republicans are terrorists, however I do believe this kind of grandstanding has got to go!
 
So, does Marty think for himself, or does he just repeat the same crazy conspiracies that his like minded friends on FOX whisper into his ear?  Only God knows.
 
Oh, and Marty…  I’m sorry you don’t want the fatties to have access to sidewalks, parks, trails, etc….  But the project was put to a vote, you lost.  Democracy happens, we call it progress.

 

 
 
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