Some advice for politicians of both parties, liberal and conservative commentators and social media posters: Before you make a comparison between something happening today and Nazi Germany, think twice.
And then just don’t.
State Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, may have learned this the hard way a few weeks ago when he wore a yellow Star of David on his shirt when discussing COVID restrictions with a group in Lacey. After briefly trying to defend the indefensible, he apologized.
I wouldn’t bring it up again, were it not for a statement by Gov. Jay Inslee at last week’s press conference that people who are not vaccinated are going to be required by their employer to wear masks if they return to an indoor workplace. One can almost hear the gears churning in the outrage machine by people who believe vaccination is a personal choice.
The machine is unlikely to be stilled by the fact that Inslee referred to such vaccine doubters as “bio-reactor mutation labs” and described the typical non-vaxxed person as “a 50-year-old man who voted for Donald Trump.”
It shouldn’t be necessary to say this, but here goes: Wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID in 2021 America is not the same as wearing an arm band to mark you as a member of a religious faith in antisemitic 1930s Nazi Germany. The former is a public health measure, and the wearers are not going to be rounded up for extermination. The comparison is offensive to the survivors of the Holocaust, their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And to anyone with a passing knowledge of history.