It Ought To Be A Law

Happy Monday.

As the misinformation and lies about health care reform continue, the White House has launched a new “reality check” website.

Perhaps the most disturbing counter-argument that’s started to emerge is this whole comparison to Hitler and the Nazis. I first heard it from a caller on a radio show I did Friday afternoon, and then about an hour later, Sarah Palin regurgitated the same crap on Facebook.

I’m reminded once again of Godwin’s Law which Mike Godwin explained himself in Wired back in 1994:

I developed Godwin’s Law of Nazi Analogies: As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one.

Urban Dictionary:

There is a tradition in many groups that, once this occurs, that thread is over, and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever argument was in progress.

I’m all for it. Who’s with me?

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