Friday, October 10, 2008

My Grandpa Sense is Tingling (An Old Man vs. Obama vs. Hitler vs. Godwin's Law)

My wonderful BYU college paper printed the following editorial this morning:

Hitler and Obama

My wife and I took a trip down to St. George this weekend and we had an opportunity to talk with a great uncle who lived in Austria during World War II. He remembered he was six years old when he heard Hitler speak for the first time. He told us he had a very distinct feeling of how evil Hitler was. The conversation switched to politics later on and he told us that he had the exact same feeling when he heard Obama speak for the first time. There's the common saying that those who don't learn from history are bound to repeat it. I'm not a hard-core Republican or anything like that, but since he received the same revelation for these two people, shouldn't we be doing something?

St. George

The wonder of this letter pretty much speaks for itself. Were it an anonymous letter, I would presume it some sort of sly satire against the sort of people who might actually write something like this. Unfortunately, this student has elected to have his name attached to the actual letter, something that no sly satirist would ever allow without some sort of winking comment in the letter itself to indicate that, no, I am not in fact that stupid.

I was immediately inspired to fire off the following response, which undoubtedly will not be published on Monday:

My Grandpa Sense is Tingling

Daily Universe,

Friday's letter from Christian Anderson has set a good many of us straight. After all, if his great uncle in St. George feels that Barack Obama is eeeevil - the same way he felt as a child in Austria when he heard Hitler (gasp!) speak - then all of this debate, issue-weighing and consideration of the abuses of the current administration is naught but a waste of time.

As Christian said, "I'm not a hard-core Republican or anything like that, but since he received the same revelation for these two people [Hitler and Obama], shouldn't we be doing something?" As a man of unrestrained passion and principle, I felt compelled to punch out a couple of bull moose and read the collected works of Walt Whitman before issuing a resounding "Yes!"

I'd like to thank the Daily Universe for printing that cogent, astute letter, but there's still a long way to go. Now that secondhand accounts from octogenarian immigrants are the standard, I'd like to suggest an elite force of such individuals determine the next election, rather than the farce we currently have in place called the electoral college. "McCain is a kind man", one might say, prompting a hundred thousand people in Miami to register Republican and watch reruns of the Dick Van Dyke show on Nick at Nite.

Dustin Steinacker

Christian's letter has been the butt of many jokes around campus. I left the following line out in the hopes that it wouldn't be venomous enough to entirely dismiss for publication: "I am inspired by the thought that this "Christian Anderson", an honest-to-God college student, may be receiving an actual University Degree in the foreseeable future. Good luck with that, Christian, though I wouldn't stick with a major until you consulted Herr Unkle Anderson first. One must not be a hardcore Republican to maintain a personal status as a dedicated idiot."


  1. HRPKathy12:45 PM

    Clumpy, came over to apologize that your comments were trapped in my spam filter.

    I don't check it that often, so I'm sorry your comments became trapped and I have no explanation why.

    We have a few regulars on our site that are Obama supporters so we don't have 'group think'. There would be no purpose for comments if that was the case.

    Thank you for commenting at HRP and hope you'll visit us again.

  2. Thank you and no problem (for my visitors, the site is

    I don't know if you'll see this, but it seems that every time I post my last few comments disappear. Thanks for pulling my old messages back, but I don't want to cause you trouble pulling my old posts back every time I post. Maybe check a setting somewhere? Thanks :).

  3. Sorry, Kathy, but I'm not overly fond of my messages disappearing every time I post. The other editors haven't been as diligent about restoring them (though I appreciate your efforts), so I'll probably come back in a couple of months and see if the spam filter is a little less paranoid.

  4. Thanks for posting this. I haven't indulged in the hysteria that is The Daily Universe's editorial section in a long time.

    Interestingly, Michelle Obama cites The Dick Van Dyke Show as her favorite.

  5. Obama is intelligent and serious and dignified - not evil. Personal political preferences will determine whether an individual thinks he's the best fit for the country or not.

    Obama's fairly leftist but our system isn't set up to accommodate fringe candidates so I doubt he'll socialize the country as much as some will think (at the very most he'll push in a different "big government" direction than previous administrations.


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