- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I was discomforted by Mark Steyn’s column on the Super Bowl Audi commercial (“Giving in to group-think,” Opinion, Monday). Audi was born out of the German motorcycle company DKW, developed during World War I.

In 1925, DKW began to manufacture four-cylinder cars. During World War II, the Nazis drove those cars. In Holland, we called them “Deutsche Kinderwagen” - “German baby strollers” - because of their small size and ugly gray color. I still remember how during the cold, hungry winter of 1944-45, two furious Nazi officers drove their DKW purposely back and forth over the bike of a bakery helper because the bakery had sold out of its few loaves of bread. This horrid image is cemented in my memory as a symbol of that fearful statist regime.

In 1932, the DKW manufacturers merged with Auto Union, which in 1910 had manufactured a luxury model called Audi, a diminutive of the first name of the firm’s founder, August Horch. After World War II, Auto Union still manufactured its cars under the DKW name. In 1969, through various mergers, Auto Union, maker of DKW, became the Audi Co. That is why I could never buy an Audi.

I came to the United States to escape fear of the statist regime with which I associate Audi cars, as I thought our liberators had a different mind-set. However, I got frightened to see so many people here voting for President Obama’s fundamental “change.” I saw his campaign, and it scared the heck out of me. Mr. Steyn is right. It is “awfully late in the day” for the Tea Party movement to start reversing that change and hold onto the America that ended two world wars and helped fell the Berlin Wall.

My advice to Americans: Buy a Ford, not an Audi. Ford is the icon of the holdouts, as it refused to step into the group-think stimulus claptrap. America, please drink your tea and wake up.

JOHN SCHWARTZ

Alexandria, Va.

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