Leave it to Steve-o to find an authentic SS helmet to try on when we were doing the museum tour with Dad’s car club last weekend. I understand Steve-o is half German at least as far as ancestry goes (his “sperm donor” was 3/4 German…as if that means anything- I am more English than anything, but have some German ancestry) but the Nazis weren’t exactly the pinnacle of German culture. The only things Hitler did right were building the Autobahn and commissioning the development of the Volkswagen. Other than those two exceptions, he was a Really Bad Guy. I’ve tried to explain to Steve-o, being the student of 20th century history that I am, that the Germans lost the war. I hope he’s changed his mind about going as a Waffen SS officer for Halloween and about having his buddy paint a Luftwaffe cross on his newly acquired ’68 Bug. Knowing Steve-o he will do both things, because he likes stirring up shit for the sake of the smell. Perhaps Steve-o’s love of all things German goes back to a co-worker of mine who had commented that when Steve-o was a little boy he looked like a perfect specimen of Hitler Youth. Thanks a lot.
When I confronted him about his bizarre love for the rebel flag, (Steve-o adores the Confederacy) I also explained that slavery really wasn’t a good idea, and that no one in my family as far as I knew ever owned slaves even though many of them were originally from Virginia. Even for those who claim that the Confederate states had the right to secede, (which they may very well have) the Confederacy was defeated. I don’t see Jefferson Davis on the $20, Robert E. Lee on the quarter, or any other Confederate player on any other denomination of American currency, and I don’t think I will any time soon.
History is written by the winners. Had Germany won the war the world would have been a very different place. Better, who knows? Worse, one could only imagine, but it would be different at least in ideology. One could speculate that instead of communism being the forced collectivism menace of the 20th century that fascism would have taken its place. However, forced collectivism or totalitarianism, whatever one wants to call it, and regardless of the ideology that is behind it, total governmental control effects the same results.
It’s a shame, but all the hot ones are queer.