Wednesday, October 10, 2007

The Red, White, and Blue

I was browsing CNN today and read a very disturbing commentary written by Lou Dobbs. Here's an excerpt:

Like many Americans, I began wearing a flag pin after September 11. I do so out of respect for those killed in the terrorist attacks, and in recognition of this country's war on radical Islamist terror. It turns out that some journalists and some presidential candidates are uncomfortable and even upset about flags on lapels. Their comments are both disappointing and bizarre given the very serious issues facing this nation. But maybe their superior and supercilious views offer a window into what ails us as a society.

He goes on to say that Barack Obama has stopped wearing his flag lapel pin, chosing instead to let his words and actions speak for his patriotism. Lou quotes Katie Couric, opposing "the whole culture of wearing flags on our lapel and saying 'we' when referring to the United States."

Since when did being proud of being an American become offensive- to OTHER Americans? "We" ARE Americans. "We" ARE the United States. "We" have EVERY right to display our country's flag.

If being a patriotic American feels so wrong to you, Katie, and Obama, you can just leave. We have NOTHING to be embarrassed about as a nation. NOTHING. And NOTHING will EVER stop me from displaying our flag- either as a lapel pin or flying from the pole in front of our house.


  • I don't think anyone really cares whether you dispay a flag or wear a cheap pin. The point was that NOT displaying one says nothing about Obama's patriotism. His acts say more about that than his wardrobe.

    If I were a spy for a hostile power, YOU BET I would wear an American flag! Then at least the more gullible segment of the population would think I was a loyal American, because that is all they care about.

    Anyone can wear a pin. My Army service is much more of an indication of my patriotism than whether or not I wear a cheap, made in Taiwan, piece of jewelry.

    So WEAR your pin proudly, and permit the rest of us to take advantage of our First Amendment right not to. The pin, or absence of same, says NOTHING about patriotism.

    I am reminded of Matthew 6:5, where Jesus points out that those who do their praying in public are hypocrites: ""And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men...But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut they door, pray to thy Father which is in secret..."

    Same goes for lapel pins.

    By Blogger Repack Rider, at 9:34 PM  

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