Write Winger's guide to being branded a Nazi

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Write Winger's guide to being branded a Nazi

For the last 18 months, if you didn't agree with liberals on everything, you were publicly labeled a Nazi or a racist. Everything. Trump is Hitler, and all his supporters are Nazis. It's one of the things that quietly got him elected; nobody likes being called something they're not. It's almost as if calling innocent people Nazis everyday for over a year will make them turn on you.

 When I was a teenager, I wanted my father to watch a new movie that I thought would be right up his alley. It was American History X. This was obviously before I knew anything about anything, particularly about Hollywood politics, so I was surprised when he said at the end that he didn't like it.

What wasn't to like, I thought. It was about overcoming racism through tragedy, and it had the Captain from Deep Space 9 and that kid from Terminator 2! But this was during that time in every kid's life when we don't listen to our parents' explanation of things like distasteful movies or crude songs on the radio; our parents just weren't cool enough to understand, so I honestly can't remember his explanation to this day. But it wasn't until my twenties, after developing a foundation for my political beliefs, when I watched it again and realized what he was likely trying to explain.

If you haven't seen it before, I'll give you the underlying tone: if you're a conservative, you're a Nazi. It's just that simple. If you're against illegal immigration, you're a Nazi. If you oppose people being selected for jobs or college based on race instead of merit, you're a Nazi. If you don't support Democrats, you're a Nazi. Hell, if you don't like black licorice jelly beans, you're a Nazi... and I hate black licorice jelly beans.

Why am I bringing up a 20 year old movie? Because this narrative has obviously been going on a lot longer than the last election cycle, but it's taking on a new disgusting and violent role in American politics.

For the last 18 months, if you didn't agree with liberals on everything, you were publicly labeled a Nazi or a racist. Everything. Trump is Hitler, and all his supporters are Nazis. It's one of the things that quietly got him elected; nobody likes being called something they're not. It's almost as if calling innocent people Nazis everyday for over a year will make them turn on you.

It doesn't and shouldn't have to be said, but I will anyway: Conservatives are not Nazis. Republicans are not Nazis. Libertarians are not Nazis. I don't necessarily even like Trump, but he's not Hitler. Just because liberals say we are day in and day out doesn't mean we have to defend ourselves as such.

So when a group of actual Nazis, or KKK members, or white supremacists, or alt-right or whoever does something abhorrent, and you look at me because you called me a Nazi for years, it means I get to say, "Go fuck yourself". I don't have to disavow anything, because it has nothing to do with me.

Yet because we've been labeled Nazis for years, we're expected to grovel and kiss the bare ass of Jesse Jackson like Stan's dad on South Park after his terrible "I'd like to solve the puzzle" incident. We also have to worry about this brand of "anti-fascists" who believes they're righteously indignant and get a pass or an excuse by the media and politicians when they go to Republican rallies and beat the hell out of men and women walking to their car. They also go to real Nazi rallies and beat the hell out of them as well, but to them we're all the same.

I am anti-fascist, a real anti-fascist, not the kind that calls everyone who disagrees with them a fascist so it entitles them to mob riot, assault people, and destroy property in the name of being anti-fascist. Fascism is a leftist ideology that promotes an authoritarian big government and severe involvement or control of private industry while forcibly suppressing opposition. It is not a "right wing" philosophy by any stretch of anyone's imagination, except of course the media, Hollywood, and Democrats. Though, being an open anti-fascist I've never been demanded to disavow Antifa... strange how that works.

People like me believe in Liberty, free markets, and Capitalism (not the kind that involves businesses paying politicians for special regulations that keep competitors out, that's not Capitalism). We believe in treating people as equals and individuals, not as groups with special privileges or grievances. We believe in freedom of association and of speech, even for those we disagree with. We want you responsibly armed to protect yourself from criminals and tyrants, with enough rounds in your mags to stave off a group, mob, or army. We want your life, liberty, rights, and property defended and protected both individually and publicly, which should be the sole purpose of government. These are not principles enjoyed and shared only by white people as some would have you believe; they're open to anyone and everyone.

The only course of action that should be taken when things seem like they're in upheaval is to cling to those ideals - to protect liberty, not crack down on it. And if someone violates anyone else's life, rights, liberty, or property, they should be punished through due process. Adherence to these principles creates order, and is very un-Nazi like.

When a person or group speaks about something you disagree with or find abhorrent, debate it, don't shut it down. Sunlight is the best disinfectant. If someone tries to kill innocents with a gun (or car), support the right and ability of innocents to defend themselves, don't disarm them. I don't know any group of "Nazis" that fights so hard for all people (regardless of race, gender, religion, or however else we're pigeonholed and subcategorized) to own firearms. Seems a little odd, doesn't it, to want to subjugate minorities and fight for their right to be armed at the same time? If you find a contradiction, maybe you should check your premise - you'll find one of them is wrong.

I'm still a young man, but I'm old enough to remember when it was taught that we should be colorblind, that we should judge people by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. Somewhere along the way that sentiment has changed, that if you don't acknowledge someone's race you're ignoring their racial experiences and not checking your own inherent racial privilege, and therefore - your a racist... and a Nazi.

To which I say...

*you're

God forbid these social justice warriors start believing Martin Luther King Jr was a sellout race traitor Uncle Tom house negro not quite "woke enough" for today's standards, and whose monuments should be toppled.

I honestly hope this doesn't keep spinning out of control. I hope that people will see through the false narratives. I hope that the continuous compartmentalizing of races and other identity groups doesn't cause more people to believe they too need to segregate themselves into those groups. And I hope it doesn't have to keep getting met with violence in the streets or in our neighborhoods.

But if it does, be prepared to defend your home and hearth.

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