19 November 2002
Next time, don't ask
Columnist and "liberal iconoclast" Harley Sorensen asks the following "rhetorical question with no response required":
Suppose there was such a thing as a time machine. Suppose all the bad-guy Germans of the 1930s and 1940s the Gestapo, the Brownshirts, the Blackshirts were fed into the time machine and emerged as modern-day Americans. Suppose they all still held the beliefs they had when they died.
So my question is, Which political party would they support now, Democratic or Republican?
Sorensen, as it happens, was using this opening as a wedge to take a potshot or three at the nascent Department of Homeland Security, but there is an answer to his question. Gregory Hlatky takes up the query:
Well, if you consider some of the features of the Nazis an obsession with racial characteristics, an overweening sense of having been oppressed by larger forces, and a belief that private means should be subordinated to the ends of the State I think the answer is pretty clear, don't you?
He shoots, he scores.