Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Do You Believe In The Flag?

Seriously? It's a potentially damaging character trait that Barack Obama doesn't wear the flag? Like a lapel pin? Really? Really. Really?!

What a fucking joke. Yeah, I f-bombed, and I don't mind.

Cops and servicemen wear the flag, but you don't, Senator Obama. How can we really believe that you love this country if you don't WEAR A TWO-CENT PIECE OF ENAMEL OR METAL ON YOUR LAPEL?

I wish he hadn't taken the bait on that question and answered it with the same dismissive spirit he's used on other pointless questions so far.

Okay, at least he's calling it now a manufactured issue that distracts us from actual work. And yet Georgie Stephanopoulos says, with a straight face, "and if you get the nomination, you'll have to beat back that distraction."

NO HE DOESN'T. Only if you treat it like a legitimate issue, which you are because you're asking about it like it's a question that matters.

At this exact moment - with the Tom Coburn example - I like Obama. I want to believe him.

And Hillary's bullshit answer to the question takes her WAY down. Catherine - you better rehab me quick! HRC is seeming like an amazingly small person right now. Petty, small, and foolish. Chomping at the bait. It's ugly.


Anonymous said...

You may remember George Bush attacking Michael Dukakis for following the advice of his states Attorney General in not signing a bill requiring that the pledge of allegiance be said in public schools every day. The problem is that there are an awful lot of people in this country who think if you don't support or participate in proudly showing off your love of country, you don't really mean it. Sad.

Anonymous said...

But WHY do they believe these token acts are true indicators of patriotism?

Frankly, the pledge issue is a hell of a lot more compelling than a lapel pin, or lack there of.

People are parroting what they've been told to believe is important. It's a top down sentiment, not a bottom up sentiment.

Anonymous said...

I hear you, but I think you are wrong. I really believe it's a bottom up issue (which is sad). I would compare it with King Lear (which I seem to be referring to a lot this week) where he thinks his daughters who praise him so much care more for him than the daughter who doesn't. More on point, I think a lot of people think that the public display of patriotism has a lot to do with teaching people to really love their country and that downplaying it actually lessens loyalty and patriotic love. That's not a view I have, but I think that a very large number of Americans, maybe even a majority feel that way.