I read with interest the July 7 Point of View “Whole lot of nothing – except fright” by Kevin Nesbitt, a self-described salesman, about his observations of the recent Donald Trump rally.
He began with the tired old cliche that Trump, like all Republicans, was Hitleresque – a moniker that has been leveled against every Republican I can remember.
The problem is that the term Nazi is short for the National Socialist German Workers’ Party. That is right, Hitler was a left-wing demagogue. An inconvenient truth, but a fact nonetheless.
Second, he accused Trump of being like Hitler because he railed against radical Islamist terrorism as a problem that needs to be addressed. As any good salesman knows, to be successful you must identify a problem and suggest a solution. Trump is identifying the problem and suggesting a solution.
Which raises a question: When FDR rallied the country against the Nazis in the 1940s by identifying Hitler as the problem, was he being Hitleresque?
John H. Ruocchio