WASHINGTON. Godwin’s Law is an internet adage derived from one of the earliest bits of Usenet wisdom. The “law” posits that “if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis, you’ve automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in.” Following the Trump – Putin summit, Godwin’s Law is in full flower.
However, media pundits, politicians and those screaming through bullhorns might also be wise to remember what the German philosopher Leo Strauss, a Jewish refugee from Hitler, called the argumentum ad Hitlerum. Strauss says it is a cheap debating trick because, quite simply, “A view is not refuted by the fact that it happens to have been shared by Hitler.”
Civility disappears from the political discourse
The usual talking heads who daily deluge their audiences with anti-Trump rhetoric have forgotten the first rule of civility.
If you can’t say something nice, say nothing at all.
In other words, no one expects any individual to always agree with another. But everyone should agree to disagree in a civil manner. Not since the Civil War or the Civil Rights movement — two conflicts that were anything but civil — has America experienced such vehement political disagreement.
Today’s political environment is enough to make the generations that still remember Presidents John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan physically ill. It is certainly enough to make reasonable Baby Boomers, whose parents fought in World War II and who have a generally well-rounded understanding of world history, shake their heads in despair.
The Internet — once touted as an information and learning gateway — is frequently the cause of today’s political Tower of Babel. Instead of being a vehicle to share ideas, it has frequently become a dangerous highway to perdition, leading America to the sketchy side of town.
If you search for information on Bush (1 or 2), Trump, or Hillary Clinton as Hitler, numerous entries and imagery are available. Search President Bill Clinton (1993-2001), whose presidency occurred during the Internet’s ascendancy but prior to social media (Facebook b. February 2004 and Twitter b. March 2006), we generally do not see the vile creativity spawned by the more recent ability to quickly and massively share whatever memes we can image.
The rhetoric of Anti-Trumpers inside the beltway and among the populace is dangerous.
Anti-Trumpers comparisons of the President’s agenda to the Holocaust, without a conscious use of reason, shows a lack of education that is the result of school agendas that no longer teach history or the humanities. It is a conclusion that relies on hyperbole over facts. Hyperbole because one has to believe that our politicians, despite their verbosity, hopefully, would understand that political differences are simply not comparable to the murder of millions.
The Ignorance of Millennials
When the Anti-Defamation League conducted a global poll asking if responders had heard of the Holocaust, only 54% responded in the affirmative. 32% believing the “story” is greatly exaggerated or a myth. It would be interesting to have those Holocaust deniers speak with a Holocaust survivor.
In this video featuring Lydia’s story, she explains deniers may just not be able to accept that it happened, saying:
“All of us have the capacity to be sadistic and horrible to other people. We manage not to do it, you know, but the potential for destructiveness is in all of us.”
According to the Holocaust Encyclopedia, those that died at the hands of the Nazi’s include the following.
- Jews: Up to 6 million.
- Soviet civilians: Around 7 million (including 1.3 Soviet Jewish civilians, who are included in the 6 million figure for Jews).
- Soviet prisoners of war: Around 3 million (including about 50,000 Jewish soldiers).
- Non-Jewish Polish civilians: Around 1.8 million (including between 50,000 and 100,000 members of the Polish elite).
- Serb civilians: 312,000.
- People with disabilities living in institutions: Up to 250,000.
- Roma (Gypsies): 196,000–220,000.
- Jehovah’s Witnesses: Around 1,900.
- Repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials: At least 70,000.
- Homosexuals: Hundreds, perhaps thousands (possibly also counted in part under the 70,000 repeat criminal offenders and so-called asocials noted above).
If you know your history, you know that nothing happening in America, not even at our Southern border, equates with the evils of fascists like Hitler.
The Trump news business is hard to live with.
Not because of the President. It is the rancor of Democrats, desperate to regain power on their quest for a global economy managed by the Soros elite, that is nothing short of demagoguery at its finest.
The exploitation of liberal prejudice and ignorance is obvious as the party embraces the upcoming Democratic Socialists of America like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Bernie Sanders.
A visit to the U.S. Democratic Socialist Facebook page shows multiple posts calling for violence against the President.
Please note, this a felony under the United States Code Title 18, Section 871, that says it is a crime to knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making “any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States”.
One has to ask themselves, are these images an expression of free speech, and therefore protected?
Love him, or not, the list of accomplishments by this President are amazing. He works tirelessly, without taking a paycheck. He does not need the job. Some might believe he never wanted the job.
But he got it. And he is working on behalf of America around the world. But as he is moving our economy, domestically and globally, forward. But for every positive step forward, the anti-American anti-Trumpers air their dirty laundry, putting America up to ridicule.
Fortunately, it seems most world leaders realize that what whining liberals and Democratic socialists and Anti-Trumpers say simply does not matter. What matters is what the President says and is willing to do.
And a prediction is that in the upcoming 2018 mid-terms, Americans will vote out those that seek to destroy America on both the national and international stage.
Because while Millennial voters may be growing to larger numbers than Baby Boomers, the reality is that most Millennia’s will not bother to vote in either the 2018 or 2020 elections.
As Pew Research center has noted, it is one thing to be eligible to vote and another entirely to cast a ballot.
“While it might be a ‘slam-dunk’ that millennials soon will be the largest generation in the electorate, it will likely be a much longer time before they are the largest bloc of voters,” Pew senior researcher Richard Fry wrote in May 2016.
And while there are an estimated 62 million millennial voters, according to Pew, Generation X ( 57 million ages 36-51) and Baby Boomer (70 million ages 52 to 70) are still the largest voting blocks.
However, Millennial and Gen X voters are not necessarily going to vote the Democrat Socialist party of hate and rancor that the DNC offers.
According to CNN It might be time to rethink the millennial voter.
A new paper suggests that Americans are more politically polarized now than they’ve been in the past 46 years, and millennials are guiding this trend. Young adults, who were born between 1980 and 1994, are currently more politically polarized than Generation Xers and Baby Boomers, according to the paper, which was published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin on Wednesday.
Additionally, millennials are more likely to identify as conservative than either Generation Xers or Baby Boomers were at the same age, said Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of the book Generation Me says:
“High school seniors are more likely to identify as political conservatives now compared to 10 years ago. Most surprising, more identify as conservatives now compared to the 1980s, presumably the era of the young conservative, such as the character Alex P. Keaton in the 1980s show ‘Family Ties.’ That goes against the common view of millennials as very liberal.”
“So the current view of millennials as liberals might be due to their age — young people are more likely to be liberal. But if you compare young people now to young people in previous decades, those now are more conservative.”
According to that same CNN article, 1.6% of Americans identified as “extremely liberal” in 1972 compared to 3.7% in 2014. About 2.4% of Americans identified as “extremely conservative” in 1972 compared to 4.2% in 2014. Data shows that as entering college students, 23% of millennials identified as leaning far right, compared to 17% of Baby Boomers and 22% of Generation Xers.
Less than half — 47% — of millennials identified as “middle-of-the-road,” compared to 50% of Baby Boomers and more than half — 53% — of Generation Xers.
And while they are leaving us in greater numbers every day, those of the Greatest Generation (ages 70+) are still voting.
Both of the later groups having a better understanding of the clear and present dangers of an emerging Democrat Socialist party.