(posted to Facebook, December 17, 2008)
"There's a new president now and he says it's time for a change; well, then it's time for a change."
First, he's still the president-elect (although I think that the neo-cons are equally obsessed with this idea as the deep liberals are with acting like he's already been inaugurated); second, "anything the president says, goes!" ...that's how Germany got in trouble with Hitler in the first place and has been supported by the Solomon Asch Teacher-Learner experiements... Mr. Campbell sounds as if he doesn't want to be portrayed as a racist, but that's not the problem. by the things he says and the way he says them, he's implying he supports what Hitler did; and third, "change and hope! hope and change! a thing I like to call... CHOPE!"
"A name's a name."
Yes, well, it's also a label. Your child, Mr. Campbell, is going to grow up with the stigma of what Hitler did forever attached to him. And sociology studies have shown us that, chances are, he will strive to live up to his label. (Deviants are deviant, after all) I think it's fairly possible that this child will have serious emotional damage. If other people can't get over it and accept it as 'just a name,' why should he be any different?
"...got their cake decorated at a Wal-Mart in Pennsylvania."
If all else fails, go to Wal-Mart! ...I have other things to say about what this portrays for Wal-Mart, but can't seem to get those ideas coherent...
"If we're so racist, then why would I have them come into my home?"
...so you can put them in your gas chamber! Nah, Mr. Campbell sounds like the kind of person that takes the literal denotation of words very seriously. Racist has more to do with the degradation of others based on nationality. AP reporter should have asked if Mr. Campbell considers himself a white-supremacist. Hm. I wonder if reporters are required to take a sociology course. Or psych.
...in all honesty, I would be able to move past the name and accept the kid for his personality and not treat him as a lesser individual just because of the poor choice of his parents, however...
"The Campbells' other two children also have unusual names: JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell turns 2 in a few months and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell will be 1 in April."
See, this is where I start to get worried... "Aryan Nation"? Really??? Really? For those of you who don't know, the Aryan Race was who Hitler believed to be the best... blonde hair, blue eyes. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aryan_race
Now, I didn't know Honszlynn Hinler off the top of my head, but I googled it and...
"Hons Lynn Hiller/Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbel was named after Heinrich Luitpold Himmler a Nazi German politician who was the leader of the Schutzstaffel also called SS under Adolf Hitler. Heinrich Luitpold Himmler played a great part in the Holocaust constantly pushing for the breed a master race of Nordic Aryans."
Some other articles I stumbled across said that Mr. Campbell expressed that he was simply very interested in his German heritage and wants to remember it through his children's names. I think it's interesting that Adolph Hitler is the oldest, then Aryan Nation, and then Honszlynn. If I wanted to cause a ruckus, I'd start with the tame, lesser known name (Honszlynn), use Aryan next (and drop the Nation, certainly), and then use Hitler. That's how the first Hitler did it, anyway. And if Mr. Campbell really ONLY wanted to remember his German heritage, he certainly could have named his child Adolph and dropped the Hitler.
For other reasons, this causes a great big disturbance because, now, the world will not be able to refer to Adolph Hitler as Adolph Hitler because there has now been more than one. >.< It's now going to have to be "the first Adolph Hitler" or "the real Adolph Hitler." >.<
Another article included statements from the grocery store in New Jersey that refused to ice the cake with the kid's name. They had previously denied two other requests from the Campbells that included swastikas and the interviewee from the store said that they reserve the right to deny anything that they think is inappropriate. And here's where the war began, kids, because the definition of inappropriate is about as subjective as you can get.
In other news, the Hildene Historic Home in Manchester, Vermont (home to some Lincolns... Lincoln's mother? Something.) had some of its walls decorated with swastikas.
Now, see, some of those are swastikas and some of them are the symbol of peace (or something) on which the swastika was based. Apparently, both the swastika and the Hindu/Buddhist/Jainist symbol of "well-being" can be displayed facing either direction. But it is because of its use by the Nazis that it now has a negative stigma attached to it. See? Stigma! I wasn't kidding.
There are still some articles that refer to a Nazi Swastika and a left-facing Swastika.
Reports of whether or not one faces one way and means bad and the other faces the other way and means good are therefore inconclusive. : ( Which means, if you really want to know, you'd have to find ever article and see what says what and see what has the most support. But this is where it's sad, because you never know if you found what you found because the media conditioned it to be. : (
I hope no CIA or FBI or anything agent is tracking my Firefox browser history, because my recent Google searches include swastika, adolph hitler, aryan race, honszlynn, and so on and so forth. >.>
Addendum: I think it's funny how this "issue" has since COMPLETELY been forgotten.
(Jan 7, 2010)