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Put Up More Flags

As anyone even vaguely aware of the current political atmosphere in America well knows, our friends on the Left are often bleating about those questioning their patriotism. From Boston to Berkeley, leftists decry the shrill right-wing tactic of castigating them as unpatriotic.

Never mind the fact that one seldom sees real examples of this in action. If you don't count Ann Coulter--who appears to think that all Americans save J. Edgar Hoover are guilty of treason--it's difficult to come up with an example of this sordid machination. In fact, we think that lefties question the purported questioning of their patriotism far more often than it is actually questioned. If you get our drift.

To this end, driving on the streets of, say, Madison, WI, one can see bumper stickers that read "Peace Is Patriotic" or "Dissent Is Patriotic." We can't wait until we stumble upon a T-shirt with the slogan "Hoping for the Defeat of America Is Patriotic" emblazoned on its front.

The touchiness that leftists appear to feel in regard to patriotism might lead you to believe that they wouldn't use it as an issue with which to browbeat their opponents. Which is why we found this article from the popular left-wing Democratic Underground "website" most curious. Penned by one Nancy Gregg, it amounts to a wholly unsophisticated lefty version of what liberals supposedly despise.

Titled "It's Time to Take Down the Flag," it begins thus:

In view of what we have seen and heard for the past few years, and especially in the last few months, it is time for all of you who still support George W. Bush and this Administration to take down your American flags. Remove them from your front porch, from the flagpole on the lawn. Pack away your stars-and-stripes T-shirts, and remove the flag-pins from your lapels.

After offering the typical un-nuanced anti-Bush vituperations, Ms. Gregg gets to her point:

A true patriot doesn't ignore the needs of the nation, nor its citizenry, and does not systematically revoke the very freedoms our democracy was founded upon. If you support the Bush regime, what it stands for, and what it has done, you are no patriot.

We know what you're thinking: Coming from those who detest the questioning of their patriotism, that's about as hypocritical an assault as you can offer. It's interesting that sundry comments left by fans of the Democratic Underground don't see it that way.

(Note: The Crack Young Staff usually "weblog" over at "The Hatemonger's Quarterly," where they are currently silk-screening "'Peace' Is Patronizing" T-shirts.)


Comments (9)

There's a Home Owner's Asso... (Below threshold)
snowballs:

There's a Home Owner's Association in a nearby development to me. I visited their website, and they had a "special section" on when it was appropriate to fly the American flag.

Whatever "schedule" they, or anyone else has outlined, they can blow me - I'll fly it whenever I damn well please.

Democratic Underground writ... (Below threshold)
blue:

Democratic Underground writer mouths off about conservatives being a bunch of rednecks waving flags, while complaining about the government 'invading' bank records (yeah, those supposed to be private. Isn't that was the Second Ammendment I keep hearing about is for?).

Can it get any more "Dog bites man?"

I don't own a flag, but really, no matter how disgusting some DUmmies' post is, why spread it?

What if I disapprove of man... (Below threshold)
JimK:

What if I disapprove of many of Bush's actions but love and respect my country? Am I allowed to keep my flag up then?

How about this for a concept, Ms. Gregg: Don't *ever* tell me why I should or shouldn't fly the flag of my country, and I won't punch you in the goddamned mouth.

Picked this up from the com... (Below threshold)
wave_man:

Picked this up from the comments section on Ms. Gregg's post

LibDemAlways
35. I hope you'll take the time to send this
to the LTTE section of as many newspapers as you have time for. They won't all print it,of course, but some will. It's a message well worth spreading.

We can only hope that this 'essay' is submitted as a LTTE or guest opinion to all the major and minor newspapers in the country. The Left thinks that they didn't get their message out in 2002 and 2004. Print this in every market. And then ride the wave generated from it to victory in 2006! [/sarcasm]

??^^^<... (Below threshold)
914:

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Ha Ha. Did get their message out in 2002/2004! Ha Ha

Lefties hate patriotism bec... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Lefties hate patriotism because there dream is a totalarian regime where the supposed elite can rule over the masses.

I think it's telling that most liberal countries are former colonies or countries once ruled by a monarchy. I think that is the ultimate wish of the left. A ruling class of elitists dictacting to the rest of the world how and why they live. You need only look at their heroes like Che to see their truly dispicable beliefs.

It's why the Left is far closer to the Facist they so readily accuse the Right of being. While I don't agree with everything Bush has done I am 10 times more terrified of what horrible and disater fate letting a liberal into power would bring.

Yes, they want the flag taken down. People who want to believe in themselves, who want a a say in how they live are an anathema to the Left. Notice that all their positions are in-line to take the power of the individual--from anti-gun control to enslaving people to social programs. It's all a deisre to rule others. They are apparently willing to destroy their country in order to regain that power.

Lefties hate patriotism ... (Below threshold)
mantis:

Lefties hate patriotism because there dream is a totalarian regime where the supposed elite can rule over the masses.

Yep, that's exactly what I want.

I think it's telling that most liberal countries are former colonies or countries once ruled by a monarchy. I think that is the ultimate wish of the left.

I do miss courtiers and jesters and such.

A ruling class of elitists dictacting to the rest of the world how and why they live. You need only look at their heroes like Che to see their truly dispicable beliefs.

Yes, all on the left are communist guerrillas waiting to eat your children. Nevermind that my heroes are Albert Einstein and Norman Borlaug, I'm on the left so I must love Che. Faith, hasn't your image of political beliefs moved beyond naive 20-year-old college students yet?

It's why the Left is far closer to the Facist they so readily accuse the Right of being. While I don't agree with everything Bush has done I am 10 times more terrified of what horrible and disater fate letting a liberal into power would bring.

Like the fascist state we had under Bill Clinton, right?

Yes, they want the flag taken down. People who want to believe in themselves, who want a a say in how they live are an anathema to the Left. Notice that all their positions are in-line to take the power of the individual--from anti-gun control to enslaving people to social programs. It's all a deisre to rule others. They are apparently willing to destroy their country in order to regain that power.

While I do love taking people's guns and enslaving them in social programs (huh?), I'm having a hard time getting this whole "destroy the country" project off the ground. Maybe I need to take more flags away from people. Yeah, that oughta do it.

(Note to the right: maybe you shouldn't take things posted on DU too seriously. The grownups on the left don't; we don't ever visit that congregation of idiots.)

yeah, RIGHT - like these Go... (Below threshold)

yeah, RIGHT - like these Godless commies even own flags...

Like the fascist state w... (Below threshold)
MikeSC:

Like the fascist state we had under Bill Clinton, right?

We had a far more extensive domestic spying program used for political reasons under Clinton than we have under Bush.

So, yes, Clinton was more fascistic. Good call.
-=Mike




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