Lawyer-writer Mike Godwin says he came up with Godwin's Law to discourage facile comparisons to Hitler and Nazism, but sometimes facile happens anyway: Daily Kos featured blogger Hunter declared Monday that "Wayne LaPierre and Sarah Palin at the National Rifle Association [convention] is what an American Nazi Party rally would sound like if Germany had won the war."
From Hunter's post on the Indianapolis convention (emphasis added):
Sarah Palin speaking to the National Rifle Association sounds like a recipe for good old-fashioned nightmare fuel, and you will be happysad to know she did not disappoint.
"C'mon! Enemies who would utterly annihilate America, they would obviously have information on plots. They carry out jihad. Oh, but you can’t offend them. Can’t make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen," Palin said on Saturday during a speech at the National Rifle Association's "Stand And Fight" rally. "Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists."
C'mon, she says.
We nearly—and when I say nearly, I mean not that nearly—had a vice president of the United States who would make big public jokes about torturing people. Another one, I mean. A tin pot spokesmodel for the decay of America, the single and precise moron that H.L. Mencken was awaiting.
Wayne LaPierre and Sarah Palin at the National Rifle Association is what an American Nazi Party rally would sound like if Germany had won the war. The flag, the cross, the obsession over the danger posed to the ruling class by violent minorities and the warning that arming yourself to the teeth in order to prevent the demise of the very nation at the hands of those violent minorities, the petty mocking of the rule of law and mocking of the quaint sensibilities of those who would not commit crimes against the nation's enemies. There's nothing Godwin about it, this is what it would look like. Does look like, in certain meeting halls and convention centers...
...Wayne LaPierre warns of the urban youth and their knockout gangs, and the gin and meth version of the vice president of the United States sneers at people not willing to commit human rights crimes against people we suspect might be enemies of the nation, gets waves of applause from the loyal crowd and goes home to cash her check.