Just got home from Feldenkrais Method, and barged into the middle of Thom Hartmann explaining that the Republican Party has become a death cult, similar to Nazism and Japanese Emperor-worship. And he pointed out something very interesting, which is that, as Hitler flipped over the swastika, so have the Republicans flipped over the star in the American flag. It’s true! Look at the elephant symbol at http://www.rnc.org/
We are now, Hartmann suggests, at the stage where the people are awakening to what has happened to their country, as the Germans and Japanese did at the end of the War.
That flipping of the star, I suppose one might claim it was done ‘for esthetics’, but it’s a distinguishing mark nevertheless, and to me it’s creepy.