Thursday, February 3, 2005

Red-State Fashion [space-edited]

Ah, those neocon patriots! They're "more patriotic than thou." You know what? A lot of right-wing blog commenters will want to say that the left is more likely to abuse the flag than the right. I say the right-wingers who I have observed overwhelmingly demonstrate a tendency to abuse the flag, according to the code below. I've seen them use it as clothing, bumper-stickers in many forms, beer coolers, the list goes on. The fellow above was probably cheered by his fellow neocons, who think that turning the flag into a codpiece is patriotic. The important difference between us and them is that they proclaim themselves to be true-blue patriots who are more righteous than the rest of us, then they reveal their hypocrisy by showing contempt for the flag. They'll arrest you if you burn the flag in protest, but they're okay with the idea of making a pair of pants out of the flag and sitting on it. Consider:

TITLE 4, CHAPTER 1, § 8:

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America...

(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

(d) The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery.

(e) The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.

(h) The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

(i) The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on... anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.

(j) No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.


Watch 'n Wait said...

Glad you posted that flag info. The general public, unless they've been in the military and learned flag etiquette just don't know the rules. Some in government do, some don't. Damned shame.

SheaNC said...

You know, I'm not even a flag-wavin' kind of guy... I never had a problem with people using flag imagery before. But now, when someone has a "love it or leave it" sticker on one side of their pickup and another the flag (probably made in a third-world sweatshop), it galls me. I just think about what they say compared with what they do...