Recently I had a conversation with a blogger on the Right. What seemed innocuous enough turned out to be far stranger, and underscrored the aggression all too prevalent on the Right, whether it be the unhealthy and paranoic exaltation of a gun and violence culture, to rationalizing and excusing abhorrent behavior during wartime-something which far too few of them have actually experienced.
I knew I was being baited by this blogger. At one point he questioned my credentials. Fair enough. It is too easy to blather out an opinion. Some vetting of the people making those opinions is more than fair. Interesting that when I replied and offered my experience and credentials, he was suddenly incredulous.
What was at the core of this back and forth was an assertion that Hitler and the Nazis were Leftists, which is a fairly recent effort on the far Right to reframe a well established historical fact, one even admitted to by the Nazis themselves. There is on the Right a significant effort to reframe history to justify their positions, which is a dangerous thing. History proves nothing, except to serve as a mile post to our earlier ignorance. Only propagandists make use of history as a justification for anything. Mass graves around the planet are filled with the proof of such justifications.
Now I have spent the better part of 20 years studying Genocide and nationalist movements. There is no better documented case of genocide than the Holocaust against the Jews in Europe. There is no greater example of what happens when a ambitious self-aggrandizing cabal vaults a sociopathic personality to power as a means of manipulating and controlling a willing or gulliblly nationalist-oriented population. I have interviewed former Nazis and their victims alike.
Offered as evidence to my blogger counterpart on the Right was almost a dozen books, both historical and contemporary showing clearly that there is no debate regarding the ideological orientation of the Nazis, except among propagandists. these alone came from my personal library. the citings were readily dismissed. The rebuttal, of course was the familiar refrain all too often used on FOX and in the Rightwing media when no one legitimate can be found for an opinion: “Some say.”
I am happy for debate, but for factual and substantive debate. I know in myself that when I become frustrated that I have reached the end of my own logic and knowledge. What I wasn’t expecting, after offering the blogger the final word was the e-tantrum waiting me in my email. What I found was a bizarre attempt not to “hold the Left accountable,” as this person told his own readers, but instead, which his readers never saw, was an effort to harrass and perhaps intimidate. I was greated with a flood of emails, as can be seen below.
What it highlights is that arguments on the Right are anger, ignorance and fear based. When confronted with the inconsistency or hypocrisy of their positions they turn all too often to tactics that amount to a tantrum. Perhaps that’s why they assign greater value to the second amendment that to the first. Could be why rather than wage a civil election their effort is to disenfranchise voters, dredge up antiquated terms like communist, rewrite history and tease the racial issue regarding President Obama. Sad. Too sad.