Posts Tagged ‘Flag’

Democrats Should Fly a Flag More Suitable to Obama

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Let the Flag Match the Philosophy

Rather than deface the American flag, leftists should consider a different standard.  Barack Obama has noted his disdain for the US Flag much too frequently to paste his face into its blue field as some leftists have done.  President Obama is not America, and he does not stand in place of the fifty states(or the imaginary seven he added during the 2008 campaign.)  I realize he didn’t create the flag in question at the center of this controversy, but neither did he do as a responsible commander-in-chief should and step in to stop it or at least give a dressing-down by way of discouragement.  Let’s face it:  Barack Obama enjoys and encourages the cult of personality that swirls around him in the throngs of fawning socialists whose interest he pretends to represent.  Since they’re socialists, which really translates into “thieves” I am submitting the design at left as more appropriate to both their philosophy and his.

If you’re not familiar with the controversy, you will want to read the Fox Nation article about the Lake County, Florida Democrat Party that flew a flag depicting Obama in the blue field with the stars and stripes over their headquarters. It accompanied a standard flag on their flagpole, but the fact that it was displayed in this fashion speaks to a sort of sickness that pervades the cultural left.  They don’t like the flag, and to the degree they tolerate it, it’s more of a matter of condescension.  They don’t like America much, either, so it’s really no surprise that these same people who support fundamental transformation of the country into a socialist state now display their intentions for a nation having more in common with the Venezuela of Hugo Chavez than with the country of our founding.  Here’s the picture from Fox News:

This is the Democrats' idea of respect?

According to the article, one elderly veteran saw it and snapped pictures to share with others so as to bring the matter to the attention of the media and the general public.  From the article:

“It’s absolutely disrespectful,” Jim Bradford, a 71-year-old veteran who participated in the Bay of Pigs Invasion told “It’s totally ridiculous. To put somebody’s picture there, to me, it’s a disgrace to do that.”

Bradford, an organizer with the Veterans Memorial at Fountain Park in Leesburg, Fla., snapped photos of the flag and distributed them to fellow veterans and friends. By late afternoon, he and several other veterans delivered a copy of the federal flag code to Nancy Hurlbert, chairwoman of the Lake County Democratic Party.

“We read that to her, but she would not accept that,” Bradford said. “The discussion finally got a little bit heated.”

Hurlbert didn’t want to tke it down, and she won’t commit to it staying down:

Hurlbert said she intends to contact an attorney regarding the matter and remained non-committal as to whether she’ll fly the flag again.

“I won’t say no and I won’t say yes,” she said. “We want to find out what our legal rights are.”

That’s incredible, but what’s more incredible is that Hurlbert saw nothing wrong with this, and even implying that it was about the President’s race:

“It leads me to believe that it’s not about the flag,” she told “Certain elements cannot accept Barack Obama as president.”

I have a few observations about all of this, and it’s important to understand why this is so important to men like Jim Bradford, who have gone to war under our nation’s colors.  Real men and women have spilled real blood carrying that banner, hoisting it, planting it, and are all too frequently delivered to their final resting places under it.  The flag of the United States is a cherished emblem, and to elevate a politician to that place of honor is a frivolously disrespectful act.

I am a veteran.  I have served in more honor guards and ceremonies of various types and under varying conditions than I can recall.  Even the simple honor of hoisting the flag, or retiring it at day’s end is a matter of reverence for men and women in uniform.  It’s an honor to be given that duty, and to bear the nation’s colors is a matter that ought to command simple reverence and respect.  I realize that these are foreign concepts to most leftists, since their concepts are generally foreign to traditional American values.

It is for this reason that I suggest they instead adopt the Jolly Roger insignia of the brigands and pirates, that also serves as a symbol for poison.  This is far more suitable to use in the context of leftists and of the philosophy of Barack Obama and the direction he has taken this country.  It might just as well serve as a warning about Obamacare, the direction of the economy, and everything else these leftist fools intend to impose by coercion and force upon the American people.  If ever there was an insignia suited to their cause, it is this one.

Leave the US flag alone.  It doesn’t belong to Democrats or Republicans, and certainly not to any one man, but instead, it represents a nation that was to be united under its banner.  Pasting President Obama’s face onto the blue field in place of the stars that are the standard merely sullies its meaning.  I realize many frivolous people who know less than nothing about history, and who have even less respect for our nation or our military wind up in political positions, but it’s time they be held to account, whether they’re a local party chairwoman, or the President of the United States.  Some things simply go too far.


Flags at Half-Staff for Whitney Houston – What’s Wrong With Chris Christie?

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Ruler of New Jersey

The fact that a man is elected to high office does not entitle him to re-order the high standards we set for those who we honor and memorialize by displaying the flag at half-mast.  It’s not a privilege of office to discard what has always been the long-standing tradition of honoring those who have served and died by deciding that a celebrity is due the same respect as those whose service to a grateful nation we thereby honor.  This tradition isn’t intended for every person upon whom we wish to heap recognition, and this act by New Jersey governor Chris Christie reveals more about him than it does about his state or its people.  Whitney Houston was a fine singer, maybe the best, when she had been young and at the height of her singing power, but she died not in service to her nation, but in a bathtub, apparently the victim of her own addictions.

Please don’t misunderstand me:  I admired Houston’s singing long ago when she started out, and as I’ve written, I’d prefer to remember her that way.   How she finished her life is another matter, and while it is sad, it is not worthy of remembrance by lowering the symbol of state to half-staff.   To place her on the same pedestal that we reserve for our deceased leaders and for our national days of remembrance reveals a scandalous disregard for what the gesture means.  It’s not intended to show support, attract attention, or curry favor as a political act.  It’s a sign of respect and in mourning, it is intended to highlight the length of the staff above the flag where nothing is now present, indicating the loss for which the mourning is intended.  As a matter of official mourning, it is proper to display the flag at half-staff:

  • Following the death of the President or a former President, the flag should be flown at half-staff for 30 days.
  • Following the death of the Vice President, the Chief Justice, a retired Chief Justice of the United States or the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the flag should be flown at half-staff for 10 days.
  • Following the death of an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, a Secretary of an executive or military department, a former Vice President, or the Governor of a State, territory or possession, the flag should be flown at half-staff from the day of death until interment.
  • Following the death of a Member of Congress, the flag should be flown at half-staff the day of death and the following day.

The President may order the flag flown at half-staff, and so can the Governor order the flag of his own state lowered. Ordinarily, however, other than the list above, it is only flown at half-staff on the following days of remembrance:

  • Memorial Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Pearl Harbor Day

That’s it. Now, as for Governor Christie and his decision to lower the flag to half-staff in memory of Whitney Houston, I am unwilling to listen to his buffoonish, irresponsible answers to criticism because he has not bothered to inform himself of any of the foregoing.  It’s not his place to pick and choose which citizens upon whom to bestow such an honor in such a careless fashion.  It’s not his place to decide that he is the arbiter of what is proper.  We already know what is proper, and Whitney Houston, while a great singer, is not a suitable recipient of this honor.  According to USA Today, Christie said the following:

“I am disturbed by people who believe that because her ultimate demise — and we don’t know what is the cause of her death yet — but because of her history of substance abuse that somehow she’s forfeited the good things that she did in her life,” said the governor during a briefing in northern New Jersey. “I just reject that on a human level.”

This jackass of a liberal disguised as a conservative is simply offering bad excuses.  That he rejects it on a “human level,” whatever that means, is irrelevant, because he is not a dictator, and this is not about his person, or his humanity, or any of those things.  Instead, he is the Governor of New Jersey, and his job in this matter is not to act as the official voice of the state.  The State of New Jersey should remain neutral to Whitney Houston’s death as a matter of official conduct.  Christie’s intransigence to this fact is simply stunning, and the fact that he would inflict his personal preferences on this practice is a shocking display of disregard for his office and this tradition.  Last year, he order the same distinguished honor for Clarence Clemons, the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.  What it appears that Christie is doing is to use this as a hat-tip to celebrities of note from his state, or something along those lines, but I think it could be something even more cynical.

USA Today also reports the remarks of an Anna Simpson, who was at the New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston’s funeral will be held:

After Houston became famous she continued to make regular trips to the public school she attended in East Orange and to which her family has directed donations be sent in lieu of flowers.

Simpson said she admires Christie for honoring Houston because “if it were Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi, nobody would bat an eye.”

“I don’t agree with a lot of things that he does, but I admire him for that,” she said. “Whoever don’t agree, they will get over it.”

What Anna Simpson is implying is that any who complain are motivated by race.  Leave it to USA Today to dig up such an opinion.  The truth is, Governor Christie shouldn’t be doing this for any celebrity, whatever their race, sex, age, or state of addiction.  That’s not the meaning of this tradition.    One New Jersey woman whose son died recently in Afghanistan is offended over this, and for good reason.  It’s not the role of the state to worship at the altar of pop culture, and I don’t care if it is Bruce Springsteen or Jon Bon Jovi(whoever he is,) so perhaps rather than leading his state like a cheer-leading section for celebrities, perhaps he could impart to his own service in office a bit of the dignity expected of our leaders.  We should expect our leaders to remember with solemn reverence the actual meaning of such official gestures by the state, and one would think Christie would have known better.

Then again, perhaps not.