A few months ago, some out-of-towners showed up at the La Cañada post office, bearing posters depicting President Obama as Hitler. My criticism was immediate and heartfelt. (Around Town: “Even offensive idiocy is protected,” Feb. 13).
Many of you concurred, which is proof positive that La Cañadans value thoughtful discussion and disapprove of polemicists. It doesn’t matter if the polemicist is on the right or the left. When self-styled activists compare our leaders, whether Democrat or Republican, to the most evil, genocidal mass murderer in human history, it is a bad thing.
In the early days of technology, when flame wars were the lingua franca of the Internet, a lawyer named Mike Godwin coined the famous formula that became known as Godwin’s Law: “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1.”