Santorum earns mischief points

Mr. Santorum has been showing more bravado in recent weeks as his base of support grows and he strives to make himself more ‘presidential.’ However, his efforts seem to have gone a bit too far.

From the New York Times article:

In a long analogy, [Santorum] compared the threat to Americans’ freedom under Mr. Obama to the “great peril” of World War II and likened the present moment to the isolationist period when Americans were complacent about “this guy over in Europe.” Unlike the challenge for the “greatest generation,” Mr. Santorum said, there is no “cataclysmic event” to rally around.

I haven’t yet heard the speech this quote was taken from. But Santorum seems to be inviting an analogy between Mr. Obama and Hitler.

Really Santorum? Obama passed healthcare reform. “That guy over in Europe” killed 5.8 million jews. I’d say Hitlers brand of national healthcare reform was slightly more radical than Obama’s.

This analogy, no matter how indirect, is enough to earn Rick 20 mischief points. For those of you who don’t know, the beta version of the site will include a negative point metric called ‘mischief points.’ If your comments get flagged for defamatory language, insults, or other careless verbage, your point score will diminish through the accumulation of these mischief points. This will ultimately reduce the visibility of that individual’s comments, and reduce his privileges to moderate issues and contribute content.

Naturally, a comment made in real-life won’t be counted against someone’s online profile. But politicians will be expected to maintain a presence on the site where they represent their viewpoints to the rest of the community. Our algorithm for allocating mischief would definitely effect Santorum’s score if he posted an Obama-Hitler analogy on the site.

Biased system? No, there is nothing personal about it, you simply can’t run around calling your opponents Nazis.

Besides, maybe this is a teachable moment Santorum. Someone who purports to lead the country based on faith and Christian values should be trying to unite people behind the intrinsically good in us. Encouraging your followers to hate your opponent based on radical analogies just doesn’t cut it.

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