Something’s wrong with the Republican logo. The stars are upside down. Five-sided stars that point upwards—like those on the Democratic donkey and the American flag—traditionally symbolize the forces of good. An overturned pentagram, however, represents the goat’s head of Satan and the forces of evil—and there are three on the Republicans’ elephant.
The GOP’s stars weren’t always upside down; some say the change occurred around 2000. When I called up the RNC to ask about the logo’s history, staffers invariably said, “we’ll have to get back to you on that” and never did. “Huh, that’s interesting,” said one, who clearly hadn’t noticed Satan hiding in plain view.
“I have a feeling some neo-pagan democratic designed this logo,” wrote a commenter on the conservative web site Free Republic. Besides like-minded rants that the design is a huge slap in the Grand Old Party’s face, some online chat-room goers speculated that the inverted stars are linked to secret society symbolism.
In any case, the stars have not only turned for the Republicans: A Hillary Clinton website featured a photo of an American flag with upside down pentagrams at the time of the New Hampshire primary.
—Caroline E. Winter