That "Socialist" in the name makes 'em assert - immediately, reflexively - that Hitler represented a leftist ideology!
In this worldview, a paradox immediately appears:
1. Words in and of themselves define reality.If you begin from the premise that all things bad derive from the Left, it's really quite easy to conclude that all things bad are Leftist - and find magical Words to support the conclusion.
2. Words mean what their user says they mean.
During the previous administration, I noted that W and his minions were adherents of a Kabbalistic "magical thinking" worldview: simply invoking the right incantation was sufficient to change - in their minds, at least - reality.
One of them went so far as to say this explicitly:
"We're an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality."It can be difficult to engage these folks in honest debate.
[unnamed White House aide, quoted by Ron Suskind, NYT Magazine, 17 Oct 2004]
Resort to ridicule as the best rhetorical weapon at your disposal!!!