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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?