I...don't know how to explain this to you. The Canadians in 1820 did not have it particularly bad, compared to the people who wound up under German rule in the 1940s. Sure, Benedict Arnold betrayed America in particular rather than some other country. What makes that particularly worse or more shocking? He betrayed it to the British of the mid-18th century. While we didn't want to stay ruled by them, they were not, in fact the Third Reich
. This is not a Godwin's Law situation. I am not comparing
Quisling's treachery to someone who would sell his country to Hitler. He did
sell his country to Hitler. George III was not awesome. But he was not, in fact, Hitler.
And there are Minnesotans alive and voting now who remember fighting Hitler. There are Minnesotans alive now who suffered under the Quisling regime, and Minnesotans whose family did. Benedict Arnold's treachery not only failed, but it failed generations ago. Quisling temporarily succeeded, and did so in a way that affected the Minnesotans around us. timprov
's dad knew a man who died last month who was part of the liberation of Norway. This is real, and it matters.
And to compare someone who disagrees with you on which candidate for governor in a free election is best to someone who was the puppet ruler for a fascist regime responsible for the murder of millions across Europe is so far beyond bounds of civil political discourse, I can hardly say. It is deeply shocking to me that someone in high position in a political party in this state--in this
state, for all love--would consider that a reasonable position to take in public.