Ellis Washington Gives Up


Every week I take great delight in reading Ellis Washington’s column in the Worldnetdaily. I just crack up at his pseudo-intellectual blathering, his constant and ridiculous comparisons to Nazis and, of course, his complete invention of quotes when it suits his purposes. But in his latest column, entitled “Progressives’ Nazi-like book-burning,” he isn’t even trying to make a coherent argument anymore. He starts with this quote:

“Dort, wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen.” (Where books are burned, they will in the end burn people, too.)

– Heinrich Heine (1797-1856), German poet

Okay. So what does that have to do with American progressives? Good question, one he makes almost no attempt to answer. He goes on for paragraph after paragraph about the evils of Nazis, which nearly everyone will agree with. And then just drops this load of BS to try to make a connection:

Nazification was Hitler and the Nazis’ successful attempt to make all of Germany a Nazi State and every German citizens a Nazi by using proven tactics like Gleichschaltung (forcing into line) and Weltanschauung (Nazi worldview). Similarly, under today’s Progressive Revolution since the 1850s, the Democrat Socialist Party has totally embraced Machiavelli’s “the end justify the means,” “Might makes right,” or as Lord Acton wrote of Machiavelli, “State [and federal] power is not bound by moral law,” which can only be achieved through the liberal lie: separation of church and state. Book burnings then, Obamacare now, were simply a dramatic means to achieve these socialist ends.

The caption in the image above was perhaps written around 1943 and says that, “Ten years ago the Nazis burned these books … but in America we can still read them.” Although this statement tried to distinguish America from Nazi Germany, it is only partially true today. Why? Because while in a de jure (legal) sense America today doesn’t burn books, in a de facto (unofficial) sense through our book publishing industry, our literary agent industry, our media, our education system, our politics, our legal system and throughout culture and society, their exists an existential book burning, happening on a much greater scale by the Democrat Socialist Party, a scale the Nationalist Socialist Party could only dream of 80 years ago under Hitler and the Nazis. In modern times today, leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas, particularly those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition of intellectual thought … without lighting one match or igniting one torch. Hitler would be pleased!

Only in such an anti-God, anti-intellectual society as America has devolved into during the Age of Progressivism (1860–present) and in the Age of Obama (2009–present) are Heine’s prophetic words tantamount to those of Moses, Isaiah and St. Paul when he wrote, “Where books (ideas) are burned, they will, in the end burn people, too.”

An actual causal argument? You were expecting that? Of course not. Just incoherent ranting. It’s all he’s got.

Comments

  1. John Hinkle says

    In modern times today, leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas, particularly those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition of intellectual thought … without lighting one match…

    Fundie to English: Free thinkers just wipe the Christian dogma from the soles of their shoes, and I hate that.

  2. Synfandel says

    I’m not sure what he means by “Democratic Socialist Party”. I don’t believe there is such a party in the United States. The Democratic Socialists of American is an organization, but not a registered political party. Does he perhaps mean the Socialist Party of the United States? If so, who cares? They’re insignificant.

  3. Doug Little says

    In modern times today, leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas

    Well it isn’t that hard to do, reality has a liberal bias as they say. Sounds a lot like sour grapes to me.

  4. D. C. Sessions says

    I’m not sure what he means by “Democratic Socialist Party”.

    That’s not what he wrote. He included the obligatory dog-whistle substitution of “Democrat” for “Democratic.” It’s a thing that the Repubic Party has decided to insist upon.

    Otherwise, it boils down to the usual “they criticized me, the meanies!” whinge.

  5. Doug Little says

    I’m not sure what he means by “Democratic Socialist Party”

    Come on given that the fundies want to label anybody who doesn’t belong to their tribe socialists or commies or Nazis it isn’t that surprising that he is marking the Democratic Party with the socialist label.

  6. rabbitscribe says

    “Weltanschauung (Nazi worldview)”

    “Weltanschauung” just means “worldview.”

    “I need some Haldol after reading that.”

    That makes two of you.

  7. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    What legal regime gave way to a new order in the 1860s that might have had reverberations of a society-shaping scale?

    I’m baffled. Let’s just do an empirical test and revert the state of all law – constitutional and otherwise – to that of 1859 and see what the crucial differences are in the world Washington loves and the world of today, shall we?

  8. says

    Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden “I’m baffled. Let’s just do an empirical test and revert the state of all law – constitutional and otherwise – to that of 1859 and see what the crucial differences are in the world Washington loves and the world of today, shall we?”
    Sure, but if you’d be so kind, Ellis Washington would prefer that you keep the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments.

  9. alanb says

    In modern times today, leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas, particularly those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition of intellectual thought …

    This sounds like it’s out of a Monty Python sketch: “He used… sarcasm. He knew all the tricks, dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and… satire.” (YouTube)

  10. Synfandel says

    Okay, so “Democrat Socialist Party” is a terribly witty reference to the Democratic Party. I get it now.

    That didn’t even occur to me, because the Democratic Party is anything but socialist. If you took all of the mainstream parties in all of western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and plotted them on the (albeit vague) left-right spectrum, the USA’s Democratic Party could be positioned to the right of the whole lot, including the currently governing Conservative Party of the UK, Conservative Party of Canada, Christian-Democratic Party of Germany, and National Party of New Zealand.

    Given what a potent bogeyman ‘socialism’ is in US political culture, it’s amazing how few Americans appear to have any idea what it is.

  11. iknklast says

    In modern times today, leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas, particularly those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition of intellectual thought … without lighting one match or igniting one torch

    He’s equating argument against ideas to book burning? Basically, what he seems to be saying is that we shouldn’t even be arguing against ideas. Simply publsihing books on the other side of the issue is…book burning. Looking through my book catalogs, I see little evidence that conservative thinkers are unable to get their books published.

  12. John Pieret says

    There you go, Ed, once again not lighting matches and not igniting torches just so you can burn Washington’s books and articles.

  13. Lofty says

    Book burning = not letting them flood the world (especially the schools) with their dreck to the exclusion of all other books. I suppose if a warehouse full of unsold creationist tracts accidentally went up in flames, it’s the fault of somebody associated with satan.

  14. marcus says

    @14 I saw this “…conservative thinkers” and wondered, ” Are there any of those still around?”

  15. Nathair says

    Given what a potent bogeyman ‘socialism’ is in US political culture, it’s amazing how few Americans appear to have any idea what it is

    They know exactly what it is. Any position to the left of Rush Limbaugh=Socialism=Marxism=Communism=Stalinism=Fascism.

    It makes everything so simple.

  16. cptdoom says

    Of course Washington shows no sign of understanding the irony of complaining, in published text, of “leftists” trying to stop conservative or religious ideas from being published.

  17. Gvlgeologist, FCD says

    It seems to me that his argument primarily consists of saying that Liberals argue against Conservatives, effectively.

    Oh, the horror.

    It seems to me that whenever someone points out that a conservative has said something abhorrent, the complaint is that the Conservative’s right to free speech is being infringed, when in fact what happens is that other people are pointing out that the Conservative is… wrong.

    And it’s my memory that the actual calls for book burning in the US are by conservatives and conservative religious figures. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_book-burning_incidents, especially. Some of the incidents are by the left, but the overriding characteristic is authoritarians.

  18. Akira MacKenzie says

    You aren’t supposed to argue against conservativism or Christianity! They are so self-evidently “true” that to question them is a nefarious act in itself.

  19. gshelley says

    If not for the fact that Washington makes a habit of this, I’d think that the World Nut Daily had been Sokaled

  20. bahrfeldt says

    Washington has apparently never tried to read Machiavelli. Nor Heine, who was rather too liberal to be a wingnut saint.

  21. dingojack says

    While ‘the left’ of Mr. Washington’s fevered imaginings are busy books*, his political fellow travellers are busy burning down the Reichstag.
    @@
    Dingo
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    * OBTW whatever happened to that ‘pinko socialist commiesymp’ who actually tried a little book burning – Korans. I’m sure Mr Washington is absolutely against him, right? Right?

  22. dingojack says

    Synfandel – ” If you took all of the mainstream parties in all of western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and plotted them on the (albeit vague) left-right spectrum, the USA’s Democratic Party could be positioned to the right of the whole lot, including the currently governing Conservative Party of the UK, Conservative Party of Canada, Christian-Democratic Party of Germany, and National Party of New Zealand”.

    Why looky, there’s a graph label “divided we stand”.(Out of date ,but it gives you some idea).
    Dingo

  23. matty1 says

    @9

    Let’s just do an empirical test and revert the state of all law – constitutional and otherwise – to that of 1859 and see what the crucial differences are in the world Washington loves and the world of today, shall we?

    Don’t be silly Ellis Washington doesn’t want all those old laws back, just three fifths.

  24. arakasi says

    Lets see… Over here in the real world, Fox News is running 24/7; Regnery Publishing is cranking out toilet paper at a phenominal rate, Holt & Company is publishing Bill O’Reily’s dreck, and Simon & Schuster has an entire imprint (Threshold Editions) specializing in conservative non-fiction. Then there is the Washington Times, the holdings of the News Corporation, and the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of smaller papers. And, of course, conservative ideas can be found at Redstate, Beitbart.com, WND, Free Republic, and Townhall, amoung countless others,

    I think that it is safe to say that if someone is interested in conservative thought, it isn’t difficult to find

    Whether we take it seriously, is another matter.

    That’s the crux of his argument – in Washington’s world, not taking ideas seriously = book burning. In his world the revised Heine quote would read, “Where ideas are mocked, they will, in the end, mock people, too.”

    The days of me not taking Mr. Washington seriously are certainly coming to a middle.

  25. DaveL says

    Let me attempt to translate:

    Liberals burn books.

    Well, it’s not that they burn books, but they control the media so completely, shutting out alternative points of view, that they might as well.

    Well, it’s not that they actually control the media or shut out alternative points of view, but people aren’t paying enough attention to me.

  26. matty1 says

    @29 You haven’t gone quite far enough, what he is really saying is “Look at me, look at me, look at meeee”

  27. Michael Heath says

    DaveL writes:

    Let me attempt to translate:

    Liberals burn books.

    Well, it’s not that they burn books, but they control the media so completely, shutting out alternative points of view, that they might as well.

    Well, it’s not that they actually control the media or shut out alternative points of view, but people aren’t paying enough attention to me.
    [Emphasis DaveL’s]

    Well no, that’s not it. Instead Ellis Washington is using the Sarah Palin argument. That argument is that when conservative rhetoric is credibly criticized, especially those arguments which can’t withstand criticism, that’s the same as suppression of speech. Here’s Mr. Washington making that very argument:

    In modern times today, leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas, particularly those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition of intellectual thought … without lighting one match or igniting one torch. Hitler would be pleased!

    Mr. Washington’s merely putting a faux-intellectual spin on Palin’s “uncommon common sense” pose. They’re both responding to criticism to which they have no coherent response yet still want to maintain their positions and standing within the tribe.

  28. dingojack says

    Matty, Michael Heath – I think you’re both right. It’s an artful concoction of Look at meeee and I know I am, but what are you?.
    Mr Washington will,, one day we hope, reach the mental age of an eight year old
    Dingo

  29. freehand says

    I think I would be too embarrassed to complain that someone is criticizing my ideas successfully. Options would include:
    1. Trying to think of a better argument.
    2. Considering the possibility that I was wrong (and perhaps even changing my mind?!).
    3. Shutting up.

    But whining while saying stupid stuff really would not occur to me.

  30. Thumper; Immorally Inferior Sergeant Major in the Grand Gynarchy Mangina Corps (GGMC) says

    Because while in a de jure (legal) sense America today doesn’t burn books, in a de facto (unofficial)…

    If there were a hell, there would be a special place there reserved for smug writers who deliberately use unnecessarily obscure words or phrases they do not expect their readership to understand just so they can explain them. The image of Washington endlessly writing the line “Knowing the odd latin phrase does not make me smart; Knowing the odd latin phrase does not make me smart” over and over for eternity is a pleasing one.

  31. coffeehound says

    leftists creates this book burning atmosphere by deconstructing, perverting and destroying conservative ideas, particularly those out of the Judeo-Christian tradition of intellectual thought …

    WTF? So those terrible leftists are destroying conservative thought by analyzing and critiquing it?
    So much for the power of their Christian philosophy…..
    But yeah, it’s exactly like book burning.

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