Funny thing: I was just citing Godwin’s Law to my fellow standees as we slowly moved past the usual line of idiots calling us Nazis up there in Portland, and now a reader has alerted me to our own Greenwich resident, a Miss Sarah Littman, engaging in the same thing. Littman is a former columnist for Greenwich Time who still prefaces all of her social commentary with a recital of the horrors suffered by her family in the Holocaust, and says that as a child, she evaluated everyone she met by judging whether they “would hunt me or hide me”. Probably not the sign of a sound mind.
Godwin posited that, “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1″ —that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler or Nazism. My version of that law simply applies it to modern American politics. As the pictures below illustrate, this “he’s a Nazi” attack has been going on at least since Nixon was sworn in in 1968, and is hardly a new or original claim, yet each time a liberal uses the theme, she thinks she’s being wildly provocative and daring.