Tad Williams, an author of some stature and self-described liberal who “doesn’t beat his kids” and “doesn’t fight his dogs” has some wisdom to share with the world. Republicans are Nazis. Or, in his own words:
Of course it’s an oversimplification, and it’s in no way meant to suggest Republicans are actually Nazis. (Although there is a curious area of Venn diagram overlap, especially when it comes to racist beliefs and unthinking nationalism.) But, no, our American conservatives are not anywhere near as bad as the Nazis — once the Nazis obtained real power. But there are disturbing similarities between what motivates fascists and what motivates the American right wing. I’ll leave it at that.
Vox’s book, SJWs Always Lie, is instructive here. First, Mr. Williams asserts that no, he didn’t really mean to call Republicans Nazis. Then he proceeds to indicate all the ways in which Nazis and Republicans are purportedly similar, suggesting that there is significant overlap between them, and that they were not so different from Nazis before they obtained power in Germany.
In essence, he is simultaneously claiming that Republicans are NOT Nazis, then implying that they ARE Nazis. In other words, he is lying, and then creating a way to weasel out of the lie should he be called out on it.
…One current fact is that the current Republican front-runner is an out and out racist. Or do you consider “illegal Mexican immigrants are rapists” to be a statement of something other than racist stereotyping on a grand scale?
…The fact is, the part of your party that is wagging the dog right now is racist, homophobic, and fundamentalist as an ayatollah…
This gentleman actually believes that the Republican party is as fundamentalist and homophobic as the Ayatollah. Let’s stop and analyze this for a moment. In Iran, being gay gets you the hangman’s noose. How many gays have Republicans executed for practicing homosexuality? So far as I know, that number is zero.
Furthermore, the Iranian regime frequently spouts off anti-Semitic rhetoric. Whereas, American conservatives are more inclined to support Israel and provide weapons, funding and political assistance to them. In fact, one of the essential qualities of a Nazi is a hatred of Jewish folk, a trait the Republicans conspicuously lack. So far, we find that Mr. Williams is either incredibly ignorant, or, more likely, he is lying through his teeth because he doesn’t like Republicans.
It’s worth noting that I am not a fan of the Republican party myself. I no longer register as one, and have serious issues with it (albeit, very different issues than Mr. Williams has). But, despite my dislike for the party, I know they are not Nazis.
And you — apparently responsible conservatives and conservative libertarians — keep pretending like these people represent responsible positions.
Mr. Williams tells us that Republican positions are not responsible positions. He explains this to us while simultaneously comparing them to Nazis and the Ayatollah. Because, apparently, THAT is what a responsible position looks like: everyone who disagrees with me is a Fascist.
Today’s Democrats are yesterday’s Eisenhower Republicans. We haven’t had an actually left-leaning Democratic president since Roosevelt. And yet no matter how far toward the conservative side of the center Democrats steer, the Republicans are always stampeding further to the right and suggesting that mainstream Dems are Marxist revolutionaries.
The fascinating thing here, is that Mr. Williams doesn’t even recognize Democrats as Left-wing. He considers that they steer toward the Conservative side too much. Now, to be fair, I don’t consider all Leftists as outright Marxists. I know a few who are of a more moderate bent and are generally more pleasant to deal with than Mr. Williams. Although, it’s worth noting that such pleasant Liberals are a dying breed.
But, when he considers our current President as “conservative steering” one wonders if, perhaps, Mr. Williams is a Marxist himself. Clearly, he views Democrat Presidents (with the exception of Franklin D. Roosevelt) as somewhere to the right of himself.
Of course, I can’t answer that question myself. Only Mr. Williams knows whether or not he is an out-and-out Marxist. But there is certainly more circumstantial evidence to support that assertion than there is to support the lunatic position that Republicans (and thus 48% of the electorate) are Nazis or, more charitably, Nazi-like at some level.
The conclusion, then? Tad Williams is a liar. But, of course, he is not done:
No, I was probably smarter than you are now when I was nine or ten, so it doesn’t matter if I’m older. I’m just pointing out that my superior intelligence is also seasoned by many encounters with trolls over the decades.
This man knows nothing about me, and just ignorantly described Republicans as Nazis, but declares that he possesses superior intelligence. His arrogance is stunning, and an interesting companion to his outright bigotry and ignorance.
I am fond of quoting Socrates on the matter of wisdom:
I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.
I am no wise man, but on the matter of wisdom, I will suggest that I rank higher than Mr. Williams, if only because I am aware that I am not wise.
Update: Francis reminded me that I had not posted the original source material for Tad Williams. You will find it in this Facebook thread, though you may have to scroll through a lot of replies to get to it. This was a flame war worthy of the ancient epics.