Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Quote of the Day

"[Tea baggers and conservative bloggers] want Obama to be ruthless and authoritarian because they want to think of themselves as a heroic resistance. They evoke Hitler not because they fear another Hitler, their very obsession with Nazi imagery betrays their attraction; no, they're longing for a Leader, a Hitler of their own. Even a Hitler in high heels, if you can picture such a lady, and I think we all can..." — James Wolcott, Vanity Fair


Eric Wilde said...

I can. She winks as she pulls the lever on the guillotine.

Smitty said...

A you-betcha in every pot.

steves said...

Yawn. I was tired of the Hitler comparisons years ago and tend to completely ignore them. I am reminded of Goodwin's law, which states:

As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.

This has since been expanded to include:

...any threaded online discussion: electronic mailing lists, message boards, chat rooms, and more recently blog comment threads and wiki talk pages.

Personally, I think that James Wolcott is making a silly argument. I would guess that most of the use of "Hitler" has more to do with hyperbole and lazy arguments than any obsession with Hitler. The Left certainly made frequent use of Hitler throughout the Bush Administration. Was this part of an obsession?

Eric Wilde said...

Yawn. I was tired of the Hitler comparisons years ago

Given the actions of our government over the last decade (torture, lack of habeas corpus, spying on citizens) I think you should dust off jaded perspective. It can happen here.

steves said...

True, Eric. I would say that you can even extend that further than 10 years. This is certainly a legitimate topic for discussion, but I get the impression that most of the Hitler afficianados are more interested in spouting off as opposed to any substantive discussions.

I should note that this also applies to people that make the socialist, communist, or fascist comparisons.

Missives From Suburbia said...

Red ones. In fact, I believe Shehitler's favorite brand is Naughty Monkey, no?