a reply to: TonyS
There are some corrections that need making to your statement.
People are not calling Trump supporters Nazis. People are saying that there are Nazis in his support base, and they would also be right to point out
that there are Nazis and sympathisers all throughout the Republican base. That is not the same as saying that Republicans, or Trump supporters are
Nazis. Context, nuance, these things ARE important (something, by the way, which seems entirely lost on Trump and those following him).
And another thing. US leftists do not "attack" Israel, do not engage in antisemitism (although that is very common in the aforementioned Republican
and Trump support base) or anything of the sort. What they DO, which is entirely legitimate and indeed absolutely necessary, is refuse to turn a blind
eye to violations of international law, and a refusal on the part of the Israeli government, to accept that settlements outside their borders are not
acceptable and are an oppressive act which cannot be overlooked.
There is a massive difference, between antisemitism, and being against the Israeli government, a huge difference. That there is a difference is not a
matter which requires debate, it is simply a fact. Judaism, the religious and cultural, ethnic descriptor, and Israel, a nation with a government no
cleaner than any other, are NOT like unto one another, and to criticise the government of Israel is NOT to do down the religious beliefs, cultural
origins or even the genetic identity of ANY single, or group of Jews. They are COMPLETELY separate issues.
And one more thing... It is not authoritarian to insist that people refrain from phobic responses to people, based on nothing other than the tone of
their skin, the accent they might have, their sexual identity, gender, orientation or the assumed religious beliefs or cultural origins they have. It
is not authoritarian to insist that people accept the inherent humanity in all people, nor to insist that all people are treated equally well by the
state, and indeed by people in general. It is not authoritarian in the least to insist that the law reflect the right of all people to be treated with
respect, decency, by making a criminal matter out of a refusal on the part of a person, company or legislative body, to accept the humanity and the
rights of folk to be treated with respect. That is not authoritarian in the slightest. Authoritarian thinking would hold that no one is permitted to
be different, that all difference between people be eradicated until there is just a homogeneous group of near identical, cookie cutter people, of
precisely matched skin tones, dialects, sexual and gender identities, cultural origins and religious beliefs.
That is NOT what the left are after. The left are after ensuring that no matter a persons religion, colour, origins or sexual/gender identity, that
they are treated with basic respect and decency by all, as a matter of course, and that failure of people to treat others with that basic respect,
becomes a violation of law, as it damned well should have been for years already.
edit on 19-7-2018 by TrueBrit because: (no reason