I say fuck Godwin’s law. We NEED to remember the Nazis. We need to remember Hitler and how evil he was. We have to never, ever forget it, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with bringing it up.
In this case, I think it’s just important to note that while Europeans think of themselves as very civilized and peaceful and progressive right NOW, little more than half a century ago they had Hitler, Mussolini, and all of the leaders of the other countries that cooperated with them. Make no mistake - the Nazis had about half of Europe on their side. And put out of your mind the idea that the people who collaborated with the Nazis did it because they were forced to. Those French and Hungarians and Romanians and Poles and Lithuanians, they were horrifically anti-Semitic long before Hitler ever existed, and they killed the Jews with great glee. Some of them helped the Jews, but the majority went along like sheep and helped Hitler.
So forgive me if I’m a little indignant about Europeans acting like they’re so much more peaceful and progressive than Americans, those wild, wild West cowboy vigilante gun-slinging Americans. At least in this country we’re allowed to protect ourselves. And yeah, we fucked the Indians over. It was really shitty of us. But the Europeans were slaughtering each other by the hundreds of thousands in stupid religious wars, long before America ever existed. The British committed genocide against the people of Ireland, and they also wiped out the Tasmanians. Every country has its sins, but it seems like America in the long run has a much better record of human rights. Today is Independence Day, goddammit, and I’ll be fucked if I don’t take the opportunity to stand up for my country. I love it here. My ancestors had to run away from Europe and come here because if they didn’t, they would have all been killed. This country is a haven for people who suffered under the brutal regimes of Europe.
Just my humble opinion.