I have a very modest beer stein collection. Just a few. One is solid brass and is made of an old German WWI artillery shell casing. It has 1915 stamped on the base. Others are souvenir steins that I picked up on my only trip to the Old Country.
But a fourth is perhaps the one I cherish the most.
It was, in short, a nightmare that is thankfully now just an asterisk in historical texts.
Yesterday, Teabagger Alaska Senator Wannabe Joe Miller dredged it all back up when he cited this despised edifice as something to be admired. Something that we should be doing at our borders.
“East Germany was very, very able to reduce the flow. Now, obviously, other things were involved. We have the capacity to, as a great nation, secure the border. If East Germany could, we could.”
Joe Miller is one sick, sick puppy.
And not just a little ignorant of the facts.
Point of fact, the reason that the DDR built that wall was not to keep West Berliners from crossing into East Berlin and taking all those jobs, but to keep East Berliners from leaving.
Just about the only thing that Miller is correct about is the fact that the Berlin Wall was very effective in curbing the flow of fleeing citizens.
And the reason it was so effective didn’t have to do with the wall, the wire or the pit traps, it had to do with the watch towers constructed at intervals.
Watch towers equipped with machine guns.
But this apparently is what Joe Miller - and who knows who else - has in mind for the future Utopia that they envision for my country.
If that’s the case, then here is what I have to say to all the Teabaggers who “want their country back:”
Only if you take it from my cold dead hands.