March 13, 2005

by Reb Yudel
Former New Voices editor Mik Moore takes on Abe Foxman

Does Abe Foxman Speak for You?:
In your statement, you claim that it was "hideous, outrageous and offensive for Senator Byrd to suggest that the Republican Party's tactics could in any way resemble those of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party." This is ridiculous. Senator Byrd's comparison is both fair and accurate. He argues that Hitler came to power "with, and not against, the power of the State" and "turned the law inside out and made illegality legal." The Republican attempt to eliminate the filibuster to force the confirmation of radical right wing judges, thereby ending the long-standing Senate tradition of unlimited debate, is a Republican ploy to consolidate power.

Byrd never suggests a remote resemblance between the Republican agenda and Hitler's agenda. He doesn't suggest that the Republicans are using Hitler's tactics as a model. He doesn't call Republicans "Nazis" or "Nazi-like" or even fascists. He doesn't warn of a possible holocaust if Republicans succeed in ending unlimited debate in the Senate. His points are simple and clear: minority rights are vital to democracy and should be protected vigorously; procedural changes can have serious consequences.

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