Posted by: Lister | May 19, 2008

It’s Something Like Godwin’s Law

Glenn Greenwald takes a step back in time and lists some of the Chamberlain comparisons made when Ronald Reagan talked to the Soviets. This one from Rumsfeld is a little older, 1979 still being Carter’s term:

“Our nation’s situation is more dangerous today than it has been any time since Neville Chamberlain left Munich, setting the stage for World War II,” Rumsfeld said at a news conference.

The people who think this way, who casually toss the Chamberlain slur around towards anyone who doesn’t crave more war, today claim the Canonized Ronald Reagan as their Patron Saint of Strength and Greatness. But, back in the 1980s, people who thought that way were so far on the crazed fringe that they believed Ronald Reagan was too far to the Left, that he was the New Neville Chamberlain, “appeasing” the Soviet Union by sitting down and speaking with them in an effort to achieve a negotiated peace. Today, those same people and their core mentality dominate and define the Republican Party.

Well, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. It’s something like Godwin’s Law, except the people who use it seem to win the argument by default.

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