Thursday, April 28, 2016

Everyone is Hitler now.

In case you missed it, Donald Trump gave a major foreign policy speech yesterday. It was a wide ranging speech and it covered many different issues, but the main point of the speech was that we should put America first. Instead of putting foreign interests first, we should take care of our own. In other words, we should do what the vast majority of countries  have done throughout history.

There are arguments against this kind of thinking. Some of them might even be good arguments. But what do you think the media is harping on? The term "America First". Apparently that means that Donald Trump is literally Adolf Hitler. Yep, THE Adolf Hitler, they guy that took over France, invaded Russia and did horrible things to Jews. Trump is now a Nazi just because he used the term America First. Very few media outlets have said that directly, but more then a few have implied it rather explicitly.

How does that work? Well if you use the tortured logic of the left it goes like this. America First was semi-popular isolationist American movement in the 1930's and 1940's that wanted the United States to stay out of World War II. One of the people in this movement was Charles Lindbergh, American hero. Lindbergh was accused of being a sympathizer for the Nazis. Since Donald Trump said something to a guy that has been dead for a long time that may have had some sympathy for the Nazis, Trump is obviously Adolf Hitler now.

This whole argument is incredibly stupid but it has been all too common lately. Everyone on the right politically has been called Hitler. Everyone. And quite a few people on the left have been too. Why? Because everyone hates Hitler so if you manage to paint your opponent as Hitler, then everyone will hate your opponent as well.

It's nothing new, calling people Hitler has been popular even when Hitler was still alive. This is so universal there is a law for it called Godwin's law. Godwin's law states  "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1". Basically, it states that comparing people to Hitler is inevitable. Sooner or later it will happen eventually.

I prefer the corollary to that law. Anyone who invokes Adolf Hitler in an argument automatically loses the argument. If I could make this into an actual law, with punishment for anyone violates it, I would be tempted to have it enforced. It is obvious to me that anyone who makes the Hitler argument is simply trying to manipulate you emotionally. The only exception is if someone actually does defend Hitler, which, as far as I know, Donald Trump has not done.

So I would say that anyone in the media, left or right, that has made this comparison has already lost and should be ignored. And I am very supportive of popularizing the corollary to Godwin's Law that states if you compare someone to Hitler, you automatically lose.

I would also like to point out the obvious hypocrisy here. These left wing news outlets are the same people that were demanding isolationism back in the George Bush II years. Remember "no blood for oil"? Back then everyone said that George Bush was a Nazi for overthrowing a Middle East regime. And now that Donald Trump is saying that doing so was a bad idea and we should avoid doing so in the future and he is just as big of a Hitler as George Bush.

In short, you can be called Hitler by the same people for supporting totally opposite positions on a major issue. If that is the case, then the Hitler comparison is completely useless and is only a dog whistle/applause light that can be freely ignored by anyone not part of the left side of the political spectrum.

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