Adolph Hitler described the Jewish people as..."a horde of rats," "parasites," "blood-sucking tyrants," "ruthless," "dishonest," "usurers," "unscrupulous," and more. In terms of hindsight we know where this led... Law, Truth, Meaning and Lies (2009).
There are those who claim that attacking an individual or a group in the manner Hitler did is "just words," or "merely rhetoric." But this is simply not true. These words are the precursors of a process of destruction. These words feed certain beliefs and grow them in order to dominate the mind-set of the populace. And we have history to prove it.
All Men Are Created Equal
Our most sacred document is the Declaration of Independence. In its essential words it says: "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
Such words represent a powerful belief. They represent the reason why our forefathers were forced into war in order to resist oppression and tyranny.
Whenever an individual or a group decides to oppress someone, the first thing that is attacked is this idea of equality. The first thing that is attacked is the belief that we are all human. The first thing that is done is to create an "us versus them" mentality. The goal of such beliefs is to paint our group as "human" and the "others" as subhuman, or even animals.