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Political Insanity Reigns Supreme

In left wing lunacy, right wing lunacy on October 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm

The Atlantic magazine reported last week that Ohio GOP candidate and Tea Party favorite Rich Iott (center of the photograph) has participated in WWII battle reenactments wearing a Waffen-SS uniform since 2003.

Iott is drawing criticism from all sides for his reenactment participation as a German SS soldier despite the fact that Iott has also participated in reenactments as a Civil War Union infantryman, a World War I dough boy and World War II American infantryman and paratrooper.  Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) appeared on ‘Fox News Sunday’ and both condemned Iott for having chosen to take part in reenactments as a member of the Nazi 5th SS Panzer Division.

I am certain that the condemnation is a political necessity given that some might be offended by what Iott chose to do with his leisure time.  However, it must be noted that since everyone must have an ancestor who was victimized to some extent by someone at some point in history, it is difficult to do anything of a historic nature, or even at a historic site, without offending someone.  These days it is impossible to hold any political, religious, philosophical, or historical view-point by which no one will be offended.  That is just the way things are.

The insanity is in the consideration of everyone’s intolerant sensibilities as if they are rational and justified, even to the extent that one cannot discuss God at a ‘sacred spot’, or the wearing of religious jewelry or emblems in certain places, or even affix certain bumper stickers to your vehicle.  These are symptoms of a society driving itself into insanity in a futile effort to avoid giving offence.

Much of the reaction to real or imagined offences are based on an odd form of situational morality.  If  Mr. Iott had been a Hollywood  actor playing a Nazi SS officer (or even Hitler himself) in a film reenactment, I doubt very much if either Cantor or Wasserman Schultz would have offered any criticism of his involvement. 

Mr. Iott says that he chose to participate in the reenactments with his son as a bonding experience and that he chose the 5th SS Panzer Division Wiking because they fought mainly on the eastern front against the Russian Red Army, and not U.S. or British soldiers. 

In any battle reenactment, someone must play the bad guy.  Is Iott is being criticised for having played the bad guy?  Between the Red Army under Stalin and the Nazis under Hitler, who is the bad guy?  Stalin murdered at least 30 million people before Hitler began his extermination of Jews and gypsies.  Stalin starved to death or executed one-quarter of the Ukrainian population. Stalin was far and away the greater mass murderer, and yet , of the two, Hitler has become the more notorious and hated.  I assume that if Iott had chosen to take part on the Red Army side he would not now be condemned for having done so.  Insanity, pure insanity.

Attorney Jailed For Not Reciting The Pledge

In right wing lunacy on October 7, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Tupelo, Mississippi Chancery Judge Talmadge Littlejohn told the people in his courtroom to stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance yesterday. 

 Danny Lampley, an attorney, stood as ordered, but failed to recite the Pledge, in fact, he refused to do so.  Judge Littlejohn ordered Lampley held in contempt of court until such time as he “shall purge himself of said criminal contempt by complying with the order of this Court by standing and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in open court.”

Lampley served a total of five hours in jail on the contempt charge when the judge ordered his release because Lampley was scheduled to represent a client.

Consider carefully the words which the Judge ordered Lampley to recite;

“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

These are solemn words which should not be spoken lightly.  The Pledge has great meaning when free citizens recite it of their own free will, it means nothing when they are coerced into repeating them.  This Judge cheapens the Pledge when he forces people to recite it under pain of imprisonment. 

The hypocrisy of Judge Littlejohn’s action is obvious.