Thursday, December 11, 2008

"Terrorism" Is The New "Hitler"

For the past few decades it has been well accepted that a debate has reached a pathetic low when one party equates the other to Hitler. This is known as Godwin's Law, and the consensus is that, once "Hitler" has been invoked, the party that used the epithet has effectively surrendered the debate.

Since 2001, though, the new boogieman is "terrorists."

"...then the terrorists have already won."

"...that's just what the terrorists want."

Earlier this week Pat Boone (yes that Pat Boone) dropped this gem on World Net Daily, equating California Proposition 8 protests to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai two weeks ago: "...there is a real, unbroken line between the jihadist savagery in Mumbai and the hedonistic, irresponsible, blindly selfish goals and tactics of our homegrown sexual jihadists."

So, can we just call this debate over already?

It's tempting to give Pat Boone the benefit of the doubt and conclude that he's only comparing the violent protesters to terrorists (and yeah, protesters who physically harass an old lady certainly warrant that comparison), but he really is painting the entire protest movement with the same brush. Why else would he castigate Brad-freakin'-Pitt for donating money to the Human Rights Campaign?

Today's writing totals:
Blog: 202 words
Novel: 0 words (sorry about that)
DAILY TOTAL: 202 words

DECEMBER RUNNING TOTAL: 6,471/15,500 words


Mark said...

It's only a matter of time before Bin Laden cashes in on his fame, forming a crappy pop group cranking out lame covers of KC and the Sunshine Band classics.

When they're on Top of the Pops, THEN you'll know the terr**ists have won.

,,,hey, it makes as much sense as a lot of what Pat Boone says!

Mark said...

Oh, and don't bother giving Boone the benefit of the doubt here. He's already made it abundantly clear how he feels: just Google "Boone Kentucky Robocall" if you're ever in need of a good wash of anger.

Bittersweet Sage said...

Mark: I looked up the Pat Boone Kentucky Robocall and found a sound archive.

The tag line is "Now do you want a governor who'd like Kentucky to be another San Francisco?"

To which the answer was apparently, "Naw, Pat. We wants to keep them there homersexsuals out. Them tol'rant places attract fancy 'high tek' cump'nies, and that might could interfere with our chief industry: selling cancer by the stick."