JimSmith - 10/1/2005 6:48 AM
MS Fowler - 9/30/2005 10:03 PM
The use of the term, "nazi" to demonize your enemies is not aimed at the intellect. It is purely an emotional appeal. It doesn't matter if there is any truth to it; the charge, alone is enough to create the emotional response.
Emotional appeals are useful if rational, intellectual arguments are not on your side.
If the name-calling fails, then just yell louder.
Not exactly. The Nazi label is intended to draw attention to the purposeful use of information to numb Americans, as Hitler and his team did to the Germans, to the slow but steady erosion of what it really means to be American, all in the name of America but to serve the purposes of the few with money. I lived in Germany in the 1960s. None of the Germans I met would have voted Hitler into power after he did what he did. But before, the likelihood that he would do what he did was never apparent, never anticipated by anyone but Hitler and his cohorts. He was viewed as a German Patriot. He was going to restore Germany to its rightful leadership role in Europe. He never got into power advocating what he would do when he got into power.
America is just repeating the pattern. You "American Patriots" get so worked up when other countries criticize us. Instead, you should ask why they are criticizing us. Having lived there when the average German was still in awe of how well they were treated by America after WWII, and how grateful the Germans were that we were standing in the way of Communism sweeping over them, especially when Berlin was isolated, it is much easier to ask, I guess, why Germans have changed their view. The answer, and this is always more obvious to an outsider, is we are not the same America we were. We are changing, and the change is pretty scary to them. They find it hard to believe we don't see it.
Before you just dismiss the Nazi label on the basis of your emotional reaction, take a minute to examine the other side. Why is the world that used to admire us now filled with fear and loathing? Just for a minute don't dismiss it as irrational anti-American behavior. What changed? We may not be running concentration camps and the like, yet, but it Hitler didn't do that right off the bat either. They see us sliding down this spiral that can only mean really bad stuff for them. That causes the fear and loathing, feeling threatened by what used to be a trusted friend. Jim