Driving by our Department of Motor Vehicles center on Sept. 17 in Front Royal, I was taken back ... back to the dark ages! Marching and carrying Obama's picture defaced with Hitler's mustache around town is inconsiderate. Comparing anyone to Hitler is desperate and insensitive. Does anyone who was at this little protest really understand or care how wrong this is on so many levels? Should we be as wary of Obama as they should have been of Hitler in Nazi Germany? If only those people had read "Mein Kampf."
Should freedom of speech and expression laws allow people to compare the president to a fascist dictator responsible for the deaths of several million people?
Of course I'm offended by it, of the Obama poster. I'm really saddened to have to watch this.
Our national debate is at a ridiculous point, when the majority of our nation would like to have a debate about the solutions to the challenges we face in the U.S. That doesn't mean those with conservative or liberal ideologies shouldn't voice their opinions in public, but it's sad when someone has to deface a picture of the president by comparing him to a fascist.
Should freedom trump responsibility? Can you imagine how those of us, your neighbors in Front Royal, feel? Those who lost family to Hitler's grasp in Europe? Do we really need this? Were these people fooled, holding up this picture of Obama with his little mustache? Or just hired?
I think I know the origin of this absurd display ... Fox News welcomed Glenn Beck on board the day before Obama's inauguration. Beck ramped up his analogies. On April 2, 2009, Beck promoted his next show by asking viewers, "Is this where we are headed?" and then he ran photographs of Obama and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown with images of Hitler, Stalin and Lenin; on June 10, Beck compared the Germans living under Hitler to Americans with Obama as president. I think the majority of us have grown and now know Beck for what he is. Peace.
Carol Jaworski, Front Royal