GERMANY: Germany One People--Two Flags

One People—Two Flags

Paul von Hindenburg swore eternal fealty to the Hohenzollern Crown—yet permitted himself to be elected President. Elected and reelected, he twice swore as President to preserve, protect and defend the Republican Constitution, Article 3 of which reads: The national colors are black- red-gold.

Power to alter this national flag is not vested in the President, even by Article 48 which permits him to invoke many extraordinary powers. Therefore last week Old Paul broke his oath and violated the Constitution when he issued an edict triumphantly read to Germans over the radio...

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