Saturday, April 16, 2022

Senator Frank Nicely uses Hitler as an example of a homeless person who 'went on to lead a life that got him in the history books' while pushing to criminalize camping on public property

Senator Frank Nicely
by Rod Williams, April 16, 2022 - What? Senator Frank Nicely used Hitler as an example of someone who once lived on the streets as a homeless person and went on to achieve success. 

This was said in a debate over a bill that would levy a $50 fine for camping on public property that is not designated for camping.  

This is what the Senator said:

I wanted to give you a little history on homelessness.  In1910, Hitler decided to live on the streets for a while. So for two years, Hitler lived on the streets and practiced his oratory, and his body language, and how to connect with citizens and then went on to lead a life that got him in the history books.

So, all these people — it's not a dead end, they can come out of this, these homeless camps, and have a productive life or in Hitler's case, a very unproductive life.

I have met Senator Frank Nicely and have seen him at events, but I don't know him. I doubt he is a Nazi, I assume he is just stupid.  This is simply not acceptable. Everyone, I guess has some positive traits.  One could probably find something inspirational or admirable in the life of Jeffery Dahmer, Charles Manson,  Mao Ze Dong, or Fidel Castro.  Hitler also loved dogs and was a patron of the arts, but I would not use Hitler as an example if I were arguing for supporting the local dog shelter or if I was raising money to support the symphony. Surely, Senator Nicely could have come up with a better example of someone who lived on the streets, overcame homelessness, and went on to achieve success. 

This story is making national news and is an embarrassment. For more see link, link, and link

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