Obama's Face on American Flag

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Registered: 06-24-2010
Obama's Face on American Flag
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Wed, 03-14-2012 - 10:56am

I saw this story come across on Twitter this morning:

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 1:16pm

The flag is a piece of material. What it stands for is far more important than the material itself.

When I was a child, there was nothing "flag themed" other than perhaps bunting or the flag itself. No longer is such the case and the flag or its theme is worn, flown, or used in ways which would have been considered very disrespectful fifty years ago.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 06-24-2010
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 1:29pm
jabberwocka wrote:

The flag is a piece of material. What it stands for is far more important than the material itself.

When I was a child, there was nothing "flag themed" other than perhaps bunting or the flag itself. No longer is such the case and the flag or its theme is worn, flown, or used in ways which would have been considered very disrespectful fifty years ago.

If the Fox story is correct (they have a tendency to play fast and loose with facts), it was inappropriate to have substituted Obama's face for the stars. Presumably the person(s) responsible have been taken to task since the flag has been taken down. Hopefully, they learned a lesson.

Let us leave it at that rather than become as irrational in our ire over a piece of fabric as the Afghans became, willing to kill or be killed, over ink printed on paper pulp.

I don't remember anything flag-themed when I was growing up either (t-shirts, pants, hats, etc.).

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Registered: 02-23-2012
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 2:05pm
Yes it certainly is disrespectful. The flag is a symbol of our country, of the land that our military members have fought to protect, and of our freedom. The President had little to do with the original 13 colonies or the 50 states represented on the flag and his image should not be covering them up. It's disrespectful to our troops, to our country and goes against US Flag Code:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Flag_Code

"Significantly, the Flag Code prohibits using the flag "for any advertising purpose" and also states that the flag "should not be embroidered, printed, or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use".[24] Both of these codes are generally ignored, almost always without comment."
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 2:17pm
The issue of flag wearing came up on an iVillage board (may have been this one, I don't remember) in the context of several students wearing U.S. flag t-shirts. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/fed-judge-calif-school-was-right-to-forbid-students-american-flag-t-shirts-on-cinco-de-mayo/

I thought their behavior was needlessly inflammatory, given the date and circumstances. Evidently the judge agreed.

Free speech? If we go with that line of defense, then the Obama flag must surely be covered as well!

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 03-18-2011
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 4:45pm

I think it's in poor taste, mainly because you know there's going to be someone out there who takes offense to it. Obviously as political volunteers they didn't mean disrespect. They just must be pretty dumb to think it was a good call.

I just don't see why things like this have to be such a big deal? Yes, the flag is a symbol of our country, but it's just that - a symbol. No one needs to take it so personally. They left the real flag on the top of the flag pole and put this one up in addition to make whatever point they were trying to make. Maybe it was "We swear he's as American as the flag?" :smileyvery-happy:

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009
Wed, 03-14-2012 - 8:33pm

Yup, that's disrespectful. And offensive. From the flag code;

"The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."

In addition, it's like saying he's bigger than the country.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 10:45am
I remember arguing on this very site with conservatives who found the flag code to mean absolutely nothing and now they are outraged about "this" particular flag. Funny how that works.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 12:59pm

I'm not going to follow all those links since they are blind links, but I would venture to guess that you posted links to people violating the code. And of course, they all were republicans, never a democrat.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 03-15-2012 - 1:13pm
Oh, where's the outrage when conservatives violate the Flag Code?

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