…then please stop using historical references when discussing politics. It’s not helping your cause with people who do know better. The latest example is calling Trump’s illegal immigrant child detention centers “concentration camps”. This hyperbole is so off-base that it’s doesn’t even make a good exaggerated example. It doesn’t make a good point. All it does is show how utterly and absolutely dumb you are for making the claim and/or gullible you are for buying into it and spreading it further.
So, stop. Just stop. Yes, we all know that movements are fueled by emotion. But it has been proven time and again that when the emotion is based on lies the movements eventually fail. The lies also give ammunition to the other side, by discrediting your side. The lies of calling our detention centers “concentration camps” makes our detention centers look good by comparison when people catch on… and they will… that you lied to them about the true depth of the situation. If you lied about this, what else did you lie about?
I’ll grant that there are some parallels to totalitarian states that we are beginning to emulate. These are of grave concern to me. For example, our current penchant for militarizing the police is a serious concern, and one that needs to be nipped in the bud… if it’s not too late. How many different federal police forces do we need that all do essentially the same thing? But at the same time we are nowhere near events like a “Kristallnacht” or a “Night of the Long Knives”, so stop with the mindless hyperbole. You can show me all the photos and videos you want of small children in detention centers crying and upset… and I’m not suggesting that that isn’t relevant or not big deal… but I can show you just as many and more photos from real concentration camps that are ten times more harrowing. It’s not even close.
Misrepresenting historical contexts for furthering your agenda does nothing less than destroy your own credibility.