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The Challenge I Tried To Post On OEN And Was Rejected

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I tried to post   a poll and was rejected.   It was an   unusual poll:   I posted a challenge to all the OEN authors: if any of them agreed with me that GOP   rhetoric   resembled down to the letter the Nazi propaganda methodology,   I urged those people to write an article   about that and call it   Newt Mitt   Uns. The heading is a paraphrase of the statement   Gott Mitt Uns ( God is with us) which was   curved on   the buckle of the uniform belt of every German   military in the WWII- from private to Reichfuhrer ( Fuhrer   Hitler preferred the civilian cloth in most cases).   I like my heading -- it   bears grotesque double- meaning : Newt   is a primary ideologue   of the GOP   and Mitt is its a primary product.   In   German schools   of   Nazi times they   told the students to learn   by heart   the statement,   "If   Jesus would have come back now, He would   have followed the Furher.' In   the GOP- developed   and nourished environment   this would sound   something like "Jesus   guides his   messenger Mitt through his prophet   Newt'. Newt Mitt Uns- works for me. I   formulated   that as a poll to see how many people shared my views and could accept the challenge because that required a detailed analysis, similar   to the   one   written by Matt Taibbi on the real face of Romney:




Apparently it does not work for the OEN administrative   system because   my poll offer was rejected with unusual    fastness- in   about an hour. If the answer comes so quickly it means that   it   is delivered by a software- some   database sorter picks up an   inappropriate phrase or a   word and rejects it   by default.   It is an IF- Then-Else- sequence    working.


I   bear no grudge. To run an enterprise   like OEN is a tough job and   whoever does it must feel comfortable   about the inputs.   I have my own blog and I surely could    publish   an article on it,   write whatever I wanted.   The difference though    in this case was that I did not want to write an article on my own; I asked   other people to pitch in. And the machine   stopped me short. I think in this case the machine harmed itself and harmed the cause.


I understand   why the poll was rejected: it was because   of the Nazi-association. OEN policy   states that Nazi- association is an overused insult   because Nazis were evil people who tortured, performed genocide and also   were lawless.   Supposefully,   the usage of any analogy   to them in the debate would be counterproductive because people would consider that as an   extreme and shut themselves down   on conversation. That's the perception. And   that's a policy. I respect it.


At the same time   I would like to argue that the policy above   reflects a rather deep level of ignorance of the American populace about the   events and human features of the WWII as well as even deeper ignorance in the areas of   distinguishing between human psychology and ideology; those two types   of    ignorance   are uniquely nourished   in the US   due to the   two specific    and unique   features of this society: the   overwhelming     selloff of Christian values and   nuclear bombardment   of Japan.


It is not my goal   here to go deeper into the root cause analysis on why the machine rejected my poll. I just want to mention the following:   the machine   consider the Nazis formally as people who did something bad, so bad that   they became an " unholy ghost- nation of bad people', the characters that   did not seem to belong to any nation or a class, who somehow   did all those atrocious things and who   have nothing to do with us, good, loving, compassionate Americans ( yes, it is only in   America because throughout the world such   denial -- based approach   would be considered   as bizarre, to say the least- MS). The policy insists that   no matter what and how we do here- we are not even close   to those evil ghosts;   we have nothing to do with it; that's what the machine reflects, catering to the American Psyche. Or maybe to the American Psycho?

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The writer is 66 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE, CEM. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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