That Hitler Thing Again

There is some “law” of debates that states whenever “Hitler” or “Nazi” is used, the rational portion of the argument goes off the tracks, and reasonable debate concludes.*

Stop Me Before I Incarnate Again!

[* Godwin's Law. See HERE for how to get around it.‡]

[‡This is NOT to be confused with Hart's Three Laws of Mechanics (circa 1989):

  1. Every task will require ONE more hand than you've got.
  2. You WILL invent a new yoga position, and
  3. It's always ONE @#$%%& screw. §]

[§ This is not to be confused with Sturgeon's Law: "90% of everything is crud."†]

[† This is not to be confused with "Linda Syndrome" which suggests that the quickest way for a porn actress to find acceptance in the overground is to loudly denounce porn.]

I’ve watched it since childhood, and it’s a damned shame. Hitler was a process, and yet we’re taught that he sprang full-blown from the head of Satan, like some Anti-Athena in full repression array. Nothing could be further from the truth, nor more of a disservice to us all. Hitler and his cronies became utter inhuman monsters via a PROCESS, and it is in the understanding of that process that the chance to literally “nip them in the bud” occurs.

So, less sneering and more attention, if you please.

Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first.

The last five years have seen a steady assault on every fundamental of our Constitution, … what the rest of the world looked at for the last 200 years as a model and experiment to the rest of the world – in checks and balances, limited government, Bill of Rights, individual rights protected from majority infringement by the Congress, an independent judiciary, the possibility of impeachment.

These words come from Daniel Ellsberg — who you youngsters should know was the Defense Department analyst who leaked the 7000-page secret report, the “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times in 1971. It is from a speech given on September 20, entitled “A Coup Has Occurred.”

Mr Ellsberg notes:

If there’s another 9/11 under this regime … it means that they switch on full extent all the apparatus of a police state that has been patiently constructed, largely secretly at first but eventually leaked out and known and accepted by the Democratic people in Congress, by the Republicans and so forth.

Yes, we KNOW that KBR (formerly a subsidiary of Halliburton until spun off last year) received, LAST YEAR, a $385 million contract to build “detention camps”– allegedly for “illegal immigrants,” but it’s easy to retask prisons, if you get my drift. But danged if I can find out WHERE, or whether they’re finished. I am, however, haunted by the knowledge that we don’t build prisons and then NOT use them. We know that there are “secret prisons” in Europe, and we know that Naomi Wolf has been on tour promoting her new book, which details the Ten Steps to Fascism, many of which sound chillingly familiar. (Step 7 particularly worries me, personally.)

It’s bad. We knew that. But, when I suggested in a private email (which was then posted and sneered at on a European blog) that Bush could be compared with Hitler circa 1933, I was roundly and soundly abused. That’s all right. I never suggested that the idea originated with– or was unique to — me. But, alas, ostriches will be ostriches. Kill the messenger, and so forth. Well, Ellsberg’s essay/speech should be read, remembering that this was someone targeted by Nixon’s “black bag” plumbers before Watergate, and that Ellsberg has quite a bit of credibility as a man of integrity, and as an historical analyst. He says this, significantly:

Unless this somehow, by a change in our political climate, of a radical change, unless this gets rolled back in the next year or two before a new administration comes in – and there’s no move to do this at this point – unless that happens I don’t see it happening under the next administration, whether Republican or Democratic.

Which seems self-evident. As with copyright’s ‘use it or lose it’ admonition (Federal courts hold that if you don’t defend your copyright, it will be considered that you have abandoned it), so, too, the Bill of Rights.

Use ‘em or lose ‘em. The clock HAS to be turned back, and soon, else there will be no remedy, and history will offer you no alibis.

Read the essay. And for gawd’s sake DO SOMETHING dammit! And read the amazing Libby Spencer’s essay on it, HERE, as well.

Other, of course, than turning up your nose, citing Godwin’s Law, and pretending that Hitlers can always be easily spotted by their mustaches.


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