Austrian History Lesson
A great man, speaking at the RNC, once said "One of my movies was called 'True Lies.' It's what the Democrats should have called their convention." This, of course was met with thunderous applause. However, this is kind of funny considering what happened a few minutes later.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has been ridiculed by Austrian historians for telling the Republican national convention that he saw Soviet tanks in his homeland as a child and left a “socialist” country when he emigrated to America in 1968. Recalling that the Soviets occupied parts of Austria after the Second World War, Mr Schwarzenegger, the Governor of California, told the convention on Tuesday: “I saw tanks in the streets. I saw Communism with my own eyes.”
However, Stefan Karner, an historian, said that Schwarzenegger, who was born on July 30, 1947, would not have seen Russian tanks in his home town. “The fact is that as a child in Styria, he could not have seen Soviet tanks,” Herr Karner said. By the time Schwarzenegger was born, the province was occupied by the British, he added.
Martin Polaschek, a legal historian at the Karl Franzen University, said that he could not understand Mr Schwarzenegger’s claim that Austria “became socialist after the Soviets left”. “Austria was ruled by a coalition government,” he said. “He is getting a free country mixed up with a socialist one.” Herr Polaschek accused the Governor of “trying to use the old Communist threat for Bush’s election campaign”.
Arnold, you took an event and spun it to make it seem more personal thus giving you the political advantage, even if your lies are uncovered later. Just like your hero, Richard Nixon, you truly embody the Republican party.