FETISHIZING THE FLAG

An article in Sunday's New York Times reports on conservative hostility to Obama. He doesn't wear a flag pin, they complain, and he doesn't put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem. In Monday's Times, William Kristol added insult to injury with a hyperbolic ad-hominem attack on Obama, calling him "grandiose" and accusing him of "moral vanity."

I remember when Americans weren't obsessed with outward shows of patriotism. People only flew flags at their homes on Flag Day or the 4th of July. Now every day is Flag Day, and private homes can be hard to distinguish from government offices. I've fantasized knocking on doors and asking for a packet of stamps.

RLCC: The people who have been wearing them have in general proven less trustworthy on the most important matters of the life and death of the entire planet.

I must say that in my lifetime, there have always been those who put out the flag at their homes everyday. It certainly did increase since 9/11 though. Nevertheless, it will fade.

Originally by admin from CommonDreams.org on February 26, 2008, 9:12am

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    Employment: 2008 - present, website developer and writer. 2015 - present, insurance broker. Education: Arizona State University, Bachelor of Science in Political Science. City University of Seattle, graduate studies in Public Administration. Volunteerism: 2007 - present, president of the Real Liberal Christian Church and Christian Commons Project.
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