If you would forgive my little narrative of a petty blog drama, I'd like to share some words from two of my harshest critics.
These two particular bloggers recently joined forces to attack me. Due to being banned at both of their blogs, I had no ability to respond, So I'll just submit my defense here.
What terms describe people who would dishonestly attack a person, while denying him the opportunity to defend himself?
If that dishonesty conveys an outright falsehood, then “liar” might seem quite appropriate.
Perhaps “coward” would also apply in that situation?
From Dictionary.com: “a person who lacks courage in facing danger, difficulty, opposition, pain, etc.; a timid or easily intimidated person.”
Last month one my “fans” named Jerry dedicated a post to demean me as a “wacko” for noting the similarities in the rise of German Nazis to the rise of radical Right Trumpism in the US. Readers may remember his profound annoyance with me in previous comment threads at: "Dare I Compare" and "Racist Projection".
Holocaust survivors agree with my comparison, and I posted a list of them saying so. Will Jerry call them the “wacko left”?
He simply refused to acknowledge them and fled from the discussion.
What is he afraid of?
Definitions of words might be high on the list.
I tried to explain to him:
“Nobody is EQUATING Trump to Hitler, or the Republican Party to Hitler's Nazi Party.
Compare: to estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.
Equate: consider (one thing) to be the same as or equivalent to another.
Words have meanings.”
Jerry refused to acknowledge these distinctions and definitions.
This all goes back to when I requested facts to support his claim that I was wrong about Hitler's Brownshirts.
Jerry claimed: “Hitler and his brown shirts beat, imprisoned, and murdered top government officials and elected German representatives before and after he was given the leadership off Germany.”
Multiple times I asked him for evidence of his claim. “Recheck your history” was his response. He refused to cite evidence and doubled down, saying I was wrong and motivated by “hate”.
Of course he failed to name ONE of those “imprisoned, and murdered top government official”.
He had nothing. He became angry, and accused me of “many falsehoods”. So how many facts did he share to support his accusation? Zero.
Well, ol’ Jer still can’t get me out of his head.
Here is his diatribe from Monday, January 31, 2022:
The wacko left loves to compare Trump to Hitler. So, I asked them where are the Trump concentration camps? Did Trump murder millions of Muslims? Did Trump bomb, or invade other countries and murder their citizens? Did Trump kill people in the millions? Did Trump murder his political opponents? Did he murder teachers, homosexuals, artists, news people, or others he felt were his enemies. The answer is obviously NO. But by my saying they were falsely accusing Trump of being a Hitler I was branded a pedophile and told by a supposed Buddhist I was full of shit.
Well watch the news Hitler lovers. If you want to compare anyone to Hitler it is Putin. He is about to invade another country with real bullets and real innocent people are going to die. What will he do to those he considers enemies of his government? We know what he has done to Russia. We know he has killed reporters. We know he already has concentration camps.
So save your Hitler comparisons for those who are real evil, or prove to me Trump did any of the evils I listed in my first paragraph.
Did Jerry call me a “Hitler lover”? It seems so.
Wait a minute. If I’m a “Hitler lover”, wouldn’t that make me a Trump lover as well? Only Jerry knows for sure.
Our old buddy Darrell joined in, as they commiserated in their shared victimhood.
As for people such as our old friend that we both have "sanctioned" he continues to compare Trump to Hitler. The irony that his beloved leftists are the ones that are coercing behaviors, censoring unapproved speech, and seeking ways to disenfranchise those with whom they disagree is evidently lost on his Kool-aide addled mind.
By the way, it was our long-winded friend who called me a pedophile for denouncing his Trump is Hitler comparisons.
It appears Trump isn’t the only victim of my vicious libel. ( I never said, "Trump is Hitler".) Jerry’s delicate sensibilities somehow perceived I branded him a “pedophile”, in addition to “falsely accusing Trump of being a Hitler”.
As any decent person would do, you’re probably wondering why I would brand poor Jerry a pedophile.
I used that as a hypothetical example of accusations without evidence.
I told him by his standards of leveling accusations without evidence, I could say he is a pedophile and not show any facts to support the claim. He took it personally.
I tried to explain:
“I'll have to trust you are not a pedophile, because I have seen no evidence or indication of your pedophilia. Is this reasonable?”
Apparently it was not reasonable to him. He’s like a delicate snowflake that way.
Jerry demanded: "...now show me where the Republican party, or Trump emulated that behavior."
So I did:
“I already showed you, Jerry. Demonizing the opposition as communists, fueling bigotry and racism, embracing white nationalism, scapegoating minorities, the Big Lie, staging a Putsch, etc.
I suppose that’s just what a Hitler lover would say, amirite?
Now let’s review the wild accusations from Jerry’s partner Darrell.
He had these words to say about me:
The left simply is about emphasizing hate, division, and destruction. They seemingly want nothing more than to destroy what they see as a racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, and greedy nation.... The Left claims that they love America and are sometimes even comprised of “old fashioned Americans” and yet they find fatal flaws in our nation, its founding, and its governance. America is a racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic nation since its inception according to the left, and yet they still love it supposedly. ...Our resident leftist who is no longer welcome at this site, jubilantly suggested that I "was caught in a lie" regarding the Churchill meme. The hate-America Leftists these days evidently live constantly with their own lies all the time so that they assume everyone else does too.
Dare I mention these are the same kind of demonizing attacks Nazis would use against Jews, socialists, educators and journalists?
Maybe you've noted neither of these fellows would quote any of my words to justify their accusations. This turns out to be a feature, not a bug.
To Darrell’s credit, he did remove the quote he erroneously attributed to Churchill. Instead of thanking me for pointing out his mistake, he decided to smear me.
Goes to show how difficult life can be when you’re a “Hitler-loving, America-hating leftist who wants to destroy our nation”.
A discerning reader may wonder what rationale these fellows have for their fierce hatred for me.
Best I can tell is they deeply resent my requests for information that supports their accusations.
Poor Darrell was shocked into silence when I asked for evidence that Trump beat Biden. And his circuits were fried when I questioned his support for a man who praised his seditionist thugs by saying, “You’re special. We love you.”
Yup. If that doesn’t tell you I hate America, what will?
They used to comment here, and both are still welcome to do so. Neither are particularly informed or brave enough to step up and face me on equal terms in evidence-based discussion.
My clear-eyed critics are still going on about me at Darrell's recent post. Typically, none of them quoted any “lie” from me. Name calling seems to be an entirely acceptable privilege, but only if you are sufficiently radical Right. And Jerry is still playing his imaginary victim card.
Hey Darrell and Jerry, Dave Dubya is whining about you too on his latest propaganda post.
Just the Facts aka Anonymous ("Dave is a racist commie") Vern said:
Dave has banned the posting of polls on his blog, lol. He is such an authoritarian.
I did not read Dave's post, but anyone who calls people pedophiles should not be listened to. (See above.)
I could care less what Mr. Dubya ("leftist who hates America") has to say about me. His falsehoods and name calling have long been an issue, hence his being banned here.