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Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:02 PM

Should the fasces on the wall of the House of Representatives be taken down? I'm torn.

On the one hand it is the original symbol of fascism (not to mention the source of the word itself) and has been embraced by neoNazis as well. The wanna-be soldiers of Vanguard America uses the symbol on their plastic shields during their various circle jerks.

On the other hand, I understand why the founders and subsequent generations embraced the symbol. The American Republic was inspired by the Roman Republic, and the fasces does represent e pluribus unum.

The symbol also appears in many other places, by the way. For years it was on the back of the dime. It is also worked into the chair in the Lincoln Memorial.

Anyway, I know there are much more pressing issues out there. But in light of the current national debate over other public displays in the Capitol building, I couldn't help think about the prominent display of the fasces in the House chamber. Notice how they flank the Speaker's rostrum.



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Reply Should the fasces on the wall of the House of Representatives be taken down? I'm torn. (Original post)
malchickiwick Aug 2017 OP
uponit7771 Aug 2017 #1
jrthin Aug 2017 #2
malchickiwick Aug 2017 #6
Wounded Bear Aug 2017 #3
Squinch Aug 2017 #4
malchickiwick Aug 2017 #5
COLGATE4 Aug 2017 #7

Response to malchickiwick (Original post)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:03 PM

1. All signs of traitors and oppression should NOT BE memorialized (check your links)

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:10 PM

2. Agreed. n/t

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Response to uponit7771 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:57 PM

6. The symbols were co-opted by them, so isn't that a form of surrender? (The images appear fine to me)

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Response to malchickiwick (Original post)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:12 PM

3. No, that would be submitting to the NAZIs...nt

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Response to malchickiwick (Original post)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:27 PM

4. Are you torn? Are you really?

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Response to Squinch (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 12:55 PM

5. Yes, actually, I am torn. I gather you are not, but you don't say how you feel.

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Response to malchickiwick (Original post)

Sat Aug 19, 2017, 01:10 PM

7. No, but we should take down all the feces on the walls!

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