Godwin's Law: "As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1." (Source: Wikipedia)
|Kind of a bad idea. . .|
But how do you heed supposed warnings, if any comment referencing similarities to Nazi Germany are immediately deemed to be a shut down of serious discussion? No analogy is ever perfect, but there are sometimes similarities between events, even extreme events. This doesn't mean that I support anti-Obama tea baggers who paint--with no foundation--President Obama as a Nazi. With any analogy, there must be some sort of underlying similarity, and none exists there. It seems to have come in response to Bush and Cheney being similarly portrayed. But at least there was some foundation to build upon there, and many more years in office before those sorts of analogies started to be drawn. Anyway. . .
On a tangent, this subject for some reason directs my brain to a different one. That of recognizing and commenting on veiled racism. If for example one were to posit that there are racist elements in the Tea Party movement, one would be immediately slammed for playing "the race card." Now, put aside for a moment whether you believe or disbelieve my premise. Just notice how alleging racism is now equivalent to being racist. If you "play the race card," you've done pretty much the same thing--in today's politics--as making a Nazi analogy. You've effectively ended all serious discussion. Not that pictures like the above merit serious discussions of either subject. I think we can all agree that it is just a bad idea.