Godwin's Law has already been dismissed recently on this thread.
He said that his aim was to encourage such comparisons as Frank Rich's, and mine, to have some depth and context to them, rather than the typically gratuitous ones.OK, so he's been duly noted. But Godwin didn't exactly say he thinks Donald Trump deserves the comparison, any more than any other politician.
None of those prior leaders kept a copy of Mein Kampf on their nightstand, so these are unfair questions.So here's a Bayesian frame for the question. Out of all politicians that have ruled over major countries over the past several thousand years, what percentage have been at the level of Hitler's evil or worse? In other words, what are the odds?
No; and good question.And, is it necessary for a political career to end in ignominious defeat, in order for the evaluation as 'a Hitler' to be historically validated? How many American politicians would be evaluated as 'Hitlers' if Native Americans were writing the history books?
And now we have a corporate, urban elite Democrat playing a Trojan Populist as our Hitler, our Julius, our Nero.Every recent Republican president has been compared to Hitler.
He has an 'illegal' for a wife, a Slav who is surely a light melanin (Melania) mole for the KGB.
Jerry, does she have light melanin or not? This is proof positive. She came to this country to work with no permits. Bingo.If we're trying to run a reputable publication here, shouldn't we be at least a little bit careful about making accusations of criminal or treasonous activity on the part of our Noble Leader's wife, without the slightest bit of evidence? Even the part about 'illegal' is highly speculative, and the statute of limitations has long run out.
Jerry, does she have light melanin or not? This is proof positive.
The Ruskies like her beaver pelt pics (which likely definitively show moles)
She came to this country to work with no permits. Bingo.
The Russians are now admitting that they guided Trump's campaign.
Certainly not. I only stated earlier that we get carried away with having to use it as an analytical proof for every comparison, when such comparisons are rarely meant to be perfect equations.Are you making fun of our typological arguments against Vespasian and Titus? All that might be speculative too, but at least we have density and sequence. Besides, dead Roman emperors don't file libel lawsuits.
I fear that despite my investment in keeping my computer secure that the Ruskies likely will try to place a mole in my machine, a high tech venereal disease.Why are we speculating about this, when we could easily verify? Not that we would ever post such pics on this family friendly website, but you could send me an email with these beaver pelt pics. I want to see for myself. Before we go arguing any more over whether having a mole means you're a mole, we need to get straight about the facts.
Trump needs to register as an agent of a foreign government.You mean, they're boasting that Trump took their advice?
That said, and all sarcastic joking aside, the number of parallels between the two Lifetime Actors in question here have a massive number of parallels, as my postings have demonstrated.
This country has always been a sham construction, the romantic democracy rigged by the Hidden Hand. The Classical Greeks went to much greater lengths to try to provide real democracy to their, albeit limited, electorate. However, I think this election has taken matters fundamentally over the edge of the abyss, in terms of the sheer cravenness in both major candidates co-opting and mocking their bases. In the case of Clinton, I'm talking about the Sander's electorate, .. that likely could have made the difference.Friendly face or not, what are the characteristics that distinguish fascism from politics as usual in the United States? Or, what events would need to transpire before I would be convinced that something fundamental really has changed?
As we've discussed before, the term 'fascism' has many contextual meanings and uses. My special interpretation of it is that it means their is a superficial fascia, or mask. A mask that hides a deeper reality.well, that's fascism.
Are you serious?If Trump is so cozy with Russia, why would the Russians even need to send Trump a spy for a girlfriend? Can't Trump speak directly to Putin?
Now you're getting the picture. Besides Trump has poured a lot of concrete to build his buildings. Drum roll please.Since you have such a suspicious mind, I suppose you've also wondered about Ivanka, whose arrival from Czechoslovakia happened deep in the Cold War? But again, there would be nothing concrete to back up that suspicion. Except, maybe, that daughter Ivanka was just recently on a vacation junket with Putin's girlfriend. "Wendi Deng Murdoch—who happens to be the ex-wife of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch"?? Well, there seems to be some 'splainin to do about this. Wiki says there's no credible evidence that Wendi has really hooked up with Putin.
The best what?Again, we can only hope for the best.