Why do Republicans hate America?
And why do they love Nazi armored vehicles?
From the Washington Post:
Having a Blast With the Past
It was by all accounts a most successful 55th biennial convention last weekend of the College Republican National Committee. About 1,100 delegates listened to guests such as Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony J. Principi and keynote speaker and House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) and ate a gala dinner afterward at which White House senior adviser Karl Rove received the Lee Atwater Leadership Award.
There was an after-dinner salute to the group's outgoing chairman, Scott G. Stewart, and someone thought it would be fun to pass around a "College Republican Hymnal" of some of Stewart's favorite decades-old songs that had been sung by the Party of the Right, a Yale group that's part of the school's debating society.
"I think they're hilarious," Stewart, now with the Leadership Institute, said yesterday, noting how dated and over-the-top they are.
So the delegates stood to sing the hoary favorite "Stomping Out the Reds," which is sung to the tune of "Bringing in the Sheaves."
The chorus goes: "Stomping out the Reds, stomping out the Reds/ We'll advance rejoicing, stomping out the Reds!"
The first verse is: "Meet the Left in action, put them all in traction/ Get great satisfaction, bashing in their heads!"
The last verse begins: "Bayonets bright gleaming, panzers forward steaming . . . "
Panzers? Nazi tanks?
Ah, those exuberant Yalies.
First, I have to say those Republicans sure are funny, huh? I'll bet they'd all find it equally funny if a bunch of Liberals were sitting around singing L'Internationale as a joke. I'm sure that would go over splendidly and definitely would not be smeared all over the scum that is the racist Washington Times and the vast wasteland of Republican talk radio.
It's also interesting to consider that, at the time of the writing of the hymnal, those McCarthyite pricks were part of smearing George C. Marshall as a communist and, by extension, calling Eisenhower a commie lover -- men who had actually commanded our troops as they had faced Nazi Panzers!
I think we've discovered a new addition to Godwin's Law, which I suggest we call the "Rove Exception": If you invoke the charge of Nazism against yourself, we'll just have to take your word for it.