Friday, October 03, 2003

It's okay... Even if this is true, Arnold can just make it go away by saying he'll be "a champion for Jews."

Honestly, though, this is one time I will side with Arnold, and say that this probably is just a smear campaign against him. I sincerely doubt that he actually does approve of what Hitler did. I could be wrong, of course.

I don't care for this type of exploitation, despite the fact that I support those against Arnold. The reason why I find this offensive is because it's so incredibly cheap to say "He said good things about Hitler... He must be evil!" No, Arnold is not evil, just stupid.

Oddly enough, if Arnold actually said that "I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for his way of getting to the people and so on. But I didn't admire him for what he did with it," I have a little bit more respect for him. Why? Because that is a completely valid, grown-up statement. You know what? Hitler did do some impressive things in terms of rallying a nation and making himself a serious front-runner for world domination. The guy was organized and got shit done. In saying that, does it mean one approves of what Hitler did? Fuck no. To paraphrase Bill Maher, it is possible to hold two seemingly conflicting thoughts in your head and still be able to rationally reconcile them.

I most typically hear Hitler referred to as an "evil genius," which is the right statement to make. It acknowledges that someone can be intelligent, yet a huge fucked up asshole all at the same time. Understanding things like that is crucial - just like today, when we need to acknowledge that the terrorists who are trying to kill us are a bunch of smart fuckers, but they are still fuckers. We're in much better shape to combat the enemy if we're willing to first understand the enemy.

People have a hard time dealing with unpleasant truths such as this, because they're afraid that acknowledging those truths will make them sound like a 'Nazi lover' or 'terrorist sympathizer.' They also want everything to be absolute, because when things are just black and white it prevents a whole lot of having to think about tough issues, something Americans don't seem to care for.

"I am prepared to say that anyone who says they admire Hitler shocks the public conscience, because there's nothing about Hitler that warrants admiration, nothing at all." Well, that's offensive to me, because it's just a lame-ass, easy-way-out way of handling things. It's nothing but bullshit inflammatory rhetoric. Attack Arnold for what he is - a shitty choice for governor, and not for some out-of-context statement.

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