Burn It

It’s hard to disagree with the guy who noted the obvious Maoesqueness of superimposing Obomba’s face on the U.S. flag, but I have to admit, I can’t really muster a whole lot of outrage.  Well, okay, none, actually.  Let’s see: Idolizing a sitting president is bad, but worshipping a tri-colored piece of fabric makes perfect sense.  I know we’re supposed to unquestioningly respect the brave souls who’ve fought to protect our freedoms—one of which is not, apparently, the freedom to burn said piece of tri-colored fabric—but, seriously, when are these people going to wake up and realize that the flag doesn’t represent what they think it represents?  You didn’t go all the way to Korea in 1951 to protect your neighbors in Lake County, Florida from the red menace, for shit’s sake; you went there to kill and die and be maimed and to develop PTSD in order to further the interests of a handful of wealthy men in expensive suits who hold you in about the same regard as a head of cattle.

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One thought on “Burn It

  1. I still recall arguing with my step-father and uncle one Thanksgiving about soldiers “dying for the flag.” It’s strange to see the variations in context where different people allow the flag to be a symbol for something. People of my parents’ generation and grandparents’ generation both tend to think soldiers “died for the flag” but as you note, they often are (or were) reluctant to admit that if such a symbolism exists it extends to being a symbol for free speech of a kind found in flag burning. Seems that’s too esoteric for some.

    I think a lot of people are/were really fastened onto the Iwo Jima photo and memorial image… struggling to plant a USA flag on foreign soil while bullets, grenades, shrapnel and bombs are flying. Not too often you can get such a symbolist to admit the land wasn’t the USA’s before or after that flag was planted. And never have I heard such a symbolist admit that soldiers are treated like ants, lemmings or cattle so that the tiny % of social “leaders” can profiteer off war and soldiers’ death.

    Nice shot, Joe!

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