via Daily Kos: State of the Nation

I’m always impressed at the level of insanity that the Right is able to get away with, while the Left is demonized for proposing what amount to Centrist policies.  Ugh.  Anyway, the above link is to the news-of-the-day story: Georgia congressman Paul Broun compares Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.  The context is a discussion of a “national security force” which, according to Broun, is an indicator of Marxism and Socialism.

The Daily Show did a segment on this as well, by the way.  I didn’t think the sketch was terribly funny, although I do think that John Oliver is a brilliant comedian, and he probably made it better than it would have been otherwise.

I’m writing this post, though, in part because what I wanted the Daily Show sketch to do was invoke Godwin’s Law on Broun and the Republican pundits who think like him.  For those who don’t want to read the Wikipedia entry, Godwin’s Law is simply the principle that, as a discussion goes on, the probability of someone making a comparison to Hitler or the Nazis approaches 1.  A popular corrollary is that the first person to make such a comparison automatically loses whatever debate was going on at the time.  I wish there was a way to enforce that in the “public sphere” of political commentary: something along the lines of “I’m sorry, you’ve obviously become too ridiculous.  You have to shut up now.”

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