I get that some people don’t like President Barack Obama. That’s not a problem; that’s democracy. But too many people have convinced themselves that the duly-elected president of the United States is Hitler with a BlackBerry, and a socialist-Muslim-Marxist-communist.

I think it can be agreed that the recent distribution of material from the pro-Obama group Organizing for America by a government teacher at Perry High School in Massillon, Ohio, was a mistake.

It was a good-faith but flawed effort by the teacher to get her students interested in something other than their next incoming text.

The incident triggered a hair-on-fire response from the blogosphere. Some bloggers practically likened the incident to “The Manchurian Candidate.” At least one blogger compares the material to brown-shirted, Nazi indoctrination.

Can we just call a time out on the Nazi baiting?

I’m just saying.

I get that some people don’t like President Barack Obama. That’s not a problem; that’s democracy. But too many people have convinced themselves that the duly-elected president of the United States is Hitler with a BlackBerry, and a socialist-Muslim-Marxist-communist.

And here I thought he was just biracial.

Get a grip

When pressed, people who lob such labels like so many stones not only can’t explain the differences between the aforementioned political philosophies but also have no idea that some of the bloodiest battles of World War II were waged between — wait for it —  Nazis and communists.

There’s a lazy presumption that such groups are in cahoots, so what does it matter, and that there’s a nefarious scheme afoot to transform American kids into godless goose-stepppers.

Good luck with that. If you can even find American teenagers who can identify Karl Marx, they’re just as likely to place him somewhere between Harpo and Zeppo in the birth order.

Just like Democrats in 2000, there’s a segment of people who simply can’t come to grips with the outcome of the 2008 election. They point to ACORN, the liberal community activist group that was cited for discrepancies in registering voters — as it should have been.

But anyone dim enough to mistake a geek for a pimp is hardly smart enough to engineer a coup.

Mr. President

I was no fan of former President George W. Bush, mostly because I thought he was in over his head, and because I thought he let himself be manipulated by people with far darker and more extreme motives. I suspect even he knows it, now.

But while he was in office, George W. Bush was my president. As such, he deserved, at the very least, my basic respect as the president.

Criticism and respect aren’t mutually exclusive, are they?

According to a recent poll taken by the liberal blog Daily Kos, 63 percent of Republicans surveyed think Obama is a socialist, though socialists have said “not hardly.” Thirty-six percent said they believe the president was born in another country. Twenty-four percent of those polled said Obama wants the terrorists to win, even though al-Qaida is being picked off by American drones like tin ducks in a shooting gallery.

Twenty-three percent want their states to secede from the union, and Sarah Palin emerged as the favorite presidential candidate for 2012. No word on who the secessionists want in 2012, not that it matters.

One of the ways babies learn to talk is by repeating everything they hear. Being babies, there’s probably not much thought given to what they’re repeating, even if it makes no sense.

Great way to learn a language. Dumb way to run a country.

Charita Goshay writes for The Repository in Canton, Ohio. Contact her at charita.goshay@cantonrep.com.