August 06, 2009

Pelosi Claims Swastikas at Healthcare Protests and Godwin's Law

Kevin Aylward debunks Pelosi's claim. However, scroll down to the very bottom screencap he posts and you will see what appear to be Nazi type SS lightning bolts.

The problem with Pelosi's claim is not that it might not be true. It might, in fact, be true. I've received dozens of emails regarding Obama's health care plans which use Nazi analogies.

The problem is that Pelosi is trying to infer that those protesting Obama's version of health care reform are far right wing radicals: ie, neo-Nazis.

Look, a Swastika, see they must be white supremacists

It's part of the Democratic narrative: any who oppose Obama are racist, any who oppose his policies are extremists -- organized extremists.

However, look at the pic posted by Kevin carefully. You'll see that the Nazi lightning bolt is used as an "S" and that the last S -- the one that I can see -- is the first letter of "Socialism".

In other words, if protesters are bringing signs with Nazi symbology on them it is likely that they are comparing Pelosi and Obama to Nazis for their socialistic tendencies. For instance, one of the photoshops sent to me by reader Corky.


What we have here is a perfect example of Godwin's law -- also called Godwin's Rule of Nazi Analogies: As a Usenet discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.

If Pelosi saw a sign with a Swastika on it and didn't realize the protester was calling her a Nazi, then she is indeed more stupid and out of touch than I previously thought.

: Case in point, sent by Andrea Shea King.


As Gd. Lt and Mongol remind us in the comments, though, the Bush-Nazi analogies came practically every day for 8 years.

Which I think goes to the point of Godwin's law: people make stupid analogies all the time and as arguments become heated they inevitably lead to comparisons with Hitler.

Bush was no Hitler.

Just like Obama is no Hitler. A Jimmy Carter? Yes. And worse. But not a Hitler.

And Allahpundit asks this important question: If it's all an astroturfing campaign, then why send out your operatives with swastika posters?

Of course, the answer is obvious: it isn't an astroturfing campaign.

However, given the number of emails I've been getting over the past two weeks using Nazi analogies and symbology, I wouldn't discount the claim altogether.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 10:49 AM | Comments |