By Bob Steiner
Regrettably, there have been many references in the recent press to the “Swastika” . I am quite disappointed to have to point out both major political parties have resorted to using this despicable emblem in an attempt to further their respective goals with regard to the health plan presently being considered by our congress. Without taking sides on this legislation and the miserable way the parties have handled their legislative duties on this matter, I believe some discussion regarding this demonic emblem is warranted.
Origin: According to “Google” The Swastika was originated in ancient India by Sanskrit/Hindu adherents. It was believed to be a symbol for “Good Luck”. In the 1920’s it is believed that a one-time Swabbian chicken farmer by the name of Heinrich Himmler had adopted this symbol as the emblem for the newly formed Nationale Sozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter Partei, (National Socialist German Workers Party), The Political movement we know as the “NAZI” Party. Due to their racist policies and trying to identify with earlier Aryan race groups, Mr Himmler and his associates expended large sums of money trying to develop a historical connection to what they regarded as a “racially-pure” group as a justification for their abhorrent behavior. Their efforts were to eventually evolve into what became an almost pagan religion, among the “elite ” members of the “Nazi hierarchy”.
Any student of twentieth century history knows well how this fanatical group ended up. While they were ultimately defeated, their barbaric acts against the Jews and other European minorities are well recorded. History has not seen anything more horrific than their actions. For this reason they and all their symbols belong on the bottom of History’s scrap heap and should in no way be resurrected.
Now, as a resident of Twenty first Century America, I sit in front of my TV and hear members of the Republican Party compare actions of the Democrats with those of the Nazis because of their unseemly offensive legislative action on the Health plan, I am dismayed. Then I hear the Speaker of the House of Representatives bring up the Swastika issue and go one step further and refer to the opposition as “Brown Shirts,” a term that the early Nazis were known by, because they wore surplus (WWI) brown uniform shirts.
Just imagine if you were a concentration camp survivor, or had lost a relative at Auschwitz and had to experience this “reminder” on your TV screen. I do believe that all our elected representatives can do better.
It should be noted that the Federal Republic of Germany enacted legislation in 1949 prohibiting any display of the hated “Hackenkreutz” (German word for “Swastika” ( can also be translated as “Hacking Cross”). Perhaps it is time that we do the same!