The Use of Reductio ad Hitlerum
Upon reading the definition though, the examples given are absurd, hence Strauss's correlation between his newly defined reductio ad Hitlerum and reductio ad absurdum, which is a logical fallacy that tries to correlate two absurd items. As shown in the absurdum definition, usually the use of this logical fallacy is related to the use of the straw man logical fallacy.
So here we have a conundrum. Republicans use reductio ad Hitlerum frequently and often. Their use of this fallacy is tied to their use of a straw man. Yet no one seems to call them on it. Moreover, Republicans don't care if they use logical fallacies to paint their political opponents in a bad way. This is their straw man, and the backbone of their political strategy. "Don't vote for them because it will be worse with them in power."
So this is what Bush had to say:
"Bin laden and his terrorists' allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them," the president said before the Military Officers Association of America and diplomatic representatives of other countries that have suffered terrorist attacks. "The question is `Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?"'
So the reductio ad Hitlerum and reductio ad Leninum that Bush uses says that Bin Laden and their allies are bad because Hitler and Lenin were bad. Okay. So what? What's your point, Mr. President? Why do you get to throw those names around and the rest of us cannot?
What makes a comment logically false? If I say Rumsfeld appeased terrorists by meeting with and condoning Saddam's actions in the 1980s, is that somehow logically false? What is not true about those comments? Is it that Republicans did not consider Saddam a terrorist in the 1980s, because he was their man? Only now when he is being tried for war crimes he committed in the 1980s is Saddam a terrorist? What about those who condoned his actions? Does not the supposed paradigm shift that 9/11 caused also reflect the same on those who supported Saddam in the 1980s?
yeah, I smell hypocrisy here.