Godwin’s law (or Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies) is an internet adage asserting that as … discussion grows longer … sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Adolf Hitler or his deeds.
…there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that, when a Hitler comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever made the comparison loses whatever debate is in progress
Exhibit A, an editorial on the front page of the Star-Tribune’s Opinion page this past Sunday:
How did otherwise honest, decent, Christian and well-intentioned Germans allow political leaders, who were supported by a minority of the electorate, to do what was done in Germany during the years 1930 through 1945? That is a question that has bedeviled historians, theologians and philosophers for the last 80 years.
It is the same question that we, as Americans, should be asking ourselves today. The phrase that came into existence to describe what occurred is known as: “The Good Germans.” Are we in America moving toward becoming known as “Good Americans”?
Once in control of the levers of power, the party with a minority of the popular vote enacted laws that allowed it to engage in conduct that was legal but morally reprehensible and inhumane.
If we want to avoid becoming known as “Good Americans,” we need to recognize and resist. Recognize that there is such a thing as truth and that democracy’s foundation is premised on the existence of certain, immutable truths. Recognize that any leader who is incapable of distinguishing truth from prevarication is a significant threat to our democracy. We also need to recognize, resist and defeat at the ballot box any candidate who lacks the courage to confront those who would deliberately promulgate false facts.
If we don’t want to become known as “Good Americans,” it is essential that we resist every effort by those who would aggrandize themselves at the expense of the values that made America Great.
To be sure, a tap dance is being done by the author to try to avoid the invocation of Godwin’s Law, but it ends up being a clumsy spin around the ballroom floor that fails.
If Trump voters and/or Deplorables are indeed Hitler/Nazi enablers, then aren’t the members of The Resistance well within thier moral rights to deal with these American Fascists by any means necessary?
But why stop there?
Why restrict the approbation to members of The Orange Hitler’s administration?
Shouldn’t those voters who brought about the reign of the You’re Fired Fuehrer also be held accountable?
Were not towns full of “good Germans” made to march past the death camps and bury the charred bodies?
If past is prolougue, and we are living in the First American Riech, isn’t The Resistance Absolutely Justified with taking actions including “by whatever means necessary” to quell this clear and present danger?
As the Trump is Literally Hitler meme goes mainstream, such as in the case at the StarTribune, doesn’t the likelyhood of justification for increased violence and possible use of deadly force against the fascist menace by The Resistance rise proportionally?
I think it does and it will.
Prudence now dictates that I entertain the possibility of upgrading my method of personal defense.
I’m not there yet, but the fact that I’m even thinking about it means my own Overton Window has moved and not in what I consider a good way.
My guess is that the same thing is happening with a whole lot more folk (some would say “volk”) like me as well…