Rare Note of Sanity Winner: Henry Gasparian
When confronted by an Obama-is-Hitler poster toting protester, Henry Gasparian did the only thing he felt was appropriate. This Edmonds, Washington man whose father was destroyed fighting the Nazis as an Armenian conscript in the Soviet Army, whose uncles were killed by Nazis, whose entire country was so decimated by the Nazis that every other military-aged man was killed… this man attempted to grab the fliers of the protesters (which further made Obama-Nazi comparisons) and ended up in a shoving match with the protesters.
Henry Gasparian, for your entirely justifiable frustration and anger, we salute you and hereby honor you with our Rare Note Of Sanity award. You have more than earned it.
He tried to grab the fliers being passed out by supporters of Lyndon LaRouche, a perennial presidential candidate who has likened Obama’s health-care proposals to the Nazi extermination of Jews and other “undesirables.”
Two young LaRouche supporters told police that Gasparian repeatedly pushed them and grabbed one of their arms. Gasparian said it was they who first pushed him.
Now Gasparian is charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault in Edmonds Municipal Court for what he describes as an attempt by “an old man to say you cannot insult the president with this outrageous campaign.” Source: Seattle Times
No one wants to see violence break out in response to stupid people making stupid comparisons to the Nazis. But one can certainly wish that more people would confront these people and explain clearly why they are in fact nucking futs. Maybe, just maybe, they’ll try a better analogy if they get hassled enough. Maybe they’ll read my primer and take it to heart. Hey, crazier things have happened…