The Quick Defensiveness Against Warnings of Tyranny
If you’re following my posts on the Tiverton Citizens for Change blog, you might have noticed my liveblog mention of Tiverton Town Council Member Hannibal Costa’s comparison of federal mandates on the town to the rise of the Nazis. His comment was surely a bit on the incendiary side, given the minimal nature of the requirement (emergency training for town officials), but the general argument is right on, and one that he’s been making as long as I’ve been watching town politics.
Well, the editors of the Newport Daily News thought Costa’s statements egregious enough to merit a chastisement in Wednesday’s paper (making a curious reference to his “ilk”). This morning, I explain why the editors’ reaction is, itself, a bit extreme and, moreover, potentially dangerous.