Uncivil Discourse

Because civility is overrated.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

Fuck Godwin, and His Pretty Little Dog, Too

Recently, there's been a large outpouring on the right-wing blogs about how awful it is that people would fucking dare to compare Bush to Hitler. For example, Michelle Malkin finds Reuters photographers succumb to the temptation. Powerline feels all the Hitler references are a tragic, tragic indication of where the left is going. In fact, earlier, Powerline even invoked the MoveOn.org ad competition, which, if we recall, caused a huge hissy fit among Republicans.

Now, don't get me wrong. By and large, making comparisons to Hitler is stupid, because the second you do, people think "Hitler killed Jews. Bush didn't kill Jews. This comparison is totally wrong." And then the manufactured outrage ensues, distracting from the issue at all. Hell, look at what happened to Dick Durbin -- and he didn't even mention the Holocaust.

But, let's clear something up, shall we? That whole killing Jews thing? Awful, of course. Hell, awful doesn't cover it. But, hey -- it was a piece of what Hitler did. There was also the whole pretending a country that can't possibly defend itself against you poses a threat to your country so you can launch a pre-emptive war thing. There's the whole staged rallies and manipulation of photographs to serve your purposes thing. There's the implying God has anointed you thing. There's the whole corporate state thing that Mussolini installed in Italy and Hitler mimicked in Germany. To paraphrase Dick Durbin, if you didn't know I was referring to George W. Bush, well, your punk ass might think I was talking about the Nazis. Not the Khmer Rouge, of course, but that's mostly because Cambodia itself was pretty small and fucking defenseless.

But we forget these things, because Bush isn't killing Jews and Bush doesn't have that goddamned moustache. And we forget fascism isn't about killing Jews. Mussolini, who we should be able to declare someone pretty authoratative on the subject, put it this way: "The foundation of Fascism is the conception of the State, its character, its duty, and its aim. Fascism conceives of the State as an absolute, in comparison with which all individuals or groups are relative, only to be conceived of in their relation to the State."

No, Bush isn't exactly Hitler. Bush doesn't have the evil in him to wipe Hitler's dick after Hitler takes a piss. But what Bush does do is just bleed a complete disdain for the niceities of an open society. There's a legitimate discussion to have on the effect Bush's policies have on democracy. And for the love of god, there's that pastel pink dildo of an imperial war justified by self-defense (and let's remember that aside from some specifics, the spirit of what we're doing in Iraq isn't that different from the early British in India, before they decided to say "Fuck it, we're formally just taking the whole thing").

So, see, there are good, constructive Nazi comparisons, like Robert Byrd's over the nuclear option, the one Rick Santorum vomited over before announcing Democrats were just like Hitler, and presumably, Hitler while he was fucking a dog. And if you're going to make them, please, dear god, make it explicit what the comparison is.

But if you don't want to be compared to Nazis, in any way, shape, or form, then don't fucking act like Nazis. That won't stop comparisons, of course, but at least then your outrage won't be so damned laughable.