Obama's Face on American Flag

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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: 05-03-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:14am
Yes. Thanks for posting the links.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:14am
Well, yes, I prefer it. ;-)
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:15am
I'm not the one having a problem understanding anything. A violation of the Flag Code is a violation of the Flag Code. Once again, I don't care who does it. It is wrong.
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Registered: 04-09-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:17am

It seems most agree it was inappropriate, which of course is a far cry from saying you cannot do this, because as much as it was in poor taste, it would run up against satire precedents and freedom of speech issues. In this day and age of Citizens United and easy flowing political money, I doubt a court would strip away the right of such display.

Now on a political level, the question would be 'what were they thinking?'

Some wear the flag in protest, some in pride, and both should stand as appropriate, because making it illegal eviscerates what it stands for amongst us. It never bothered me someone burned one, but it sure as heck bothered me when this country dropped napalm on innocent people. Which matters more? If we want to have it be a symbol of some pride, perhaps we need conduct ourselves in ways of which we can be proud. In my lifetime, we as a nation haven't always taken that high road.

A political party doing this is just plain dumb, not thought out.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:17am
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They are both violations of the Flag Code.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 11:17am
There aren't varying degrees of violations in the Flag Code. One either follows it or one doesn't.
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Registered: 03-30-2007
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 12:14pm

Remember when that Senator from Texas, had a fit when Pres. Obama was in Ohio during the 2008 elections.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 12:33pm
LOL! Yes, I remember that.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2008_10/015233.php

October 17, 2008

OHIO'S STATE FLAG IS NOT OBAMA'S FAULT.... Barack Obama gave a speech in Toledo, Ohio, the other day, and behind his podium were several American and Ohioan flags. Not exactly newsworthy stuff.

The problem is, Ohio's flag features a prominent, large "O." Obama's right-wing detractors didn't know this, and assumed that the Obama campaign had created its own flag to stand alongside the American flag. Conservative activists and talk-show hosts had a bit of a freak-out. Here's a hilarious example.

On the October 15 broadcast of his nationally syndicated radio show, Bob Grant said: "[W]hat is that flag that Obama's been standing in front of that looks like an American flag, but instead of having the field of 50 stars representing the 50 states, there's a circle?" He then said: "Is the circle the 'O' for Obama? Is that what it is?" Grant later said: "[D]id you notice Obama is not content with just having several American flags, plain old American flags with the 50 states represented by 50 stars? He has the 'O' flag. And that's what that 'O' is. That's what that 'O' is."

John Cole also noted a Townhall commenter who was outraged that Obama would "change" the American flag: "I don't want to hear any looney left comments that they are only decoration. They ARE a modification of the American flag."

Here's the Ohio state flag, and here's Obama standing in front of Ohio's state flag.

Sometimes, the right finds the strangest things to get worked up about.
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Registered: 03-02-2009
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 12:40pm

True, very well reasoned. Of course someone wearing a flag pin to show their support is completely different from defacing the flag to show that they support Obama in lieu of the flag. Any reasonable person can see that, it's really not that difficult to grasp.

And it's not a huge thing, but it is just another one of many little things that build a clear picture of where they are coming from. The communists/socialsts appointments, the "czars", the shabang, etc, etc... It goes no and on.

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

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Registered: 04-09-2011
Fri, 03-16-2012 - 12:58pm

The communists/socialsts appointments, the "czars", the shabang, etc, etc... It goes no and on.

Commies, socialists, and democrats, oh my.

Only socialist I know of is Bernie Sanders, and... he makes a boatload of sense in 90% of his opinions such that most people if aware of the facts would support him. They don't involve taking anyone's property, nor curtailing anyone's freedom, and he's as patriotic as any other American.

Obama is mainstream centrist, no more to the left than Richard Nixon on most things. He's not Muslim, he's an American by birth, and he considers alternate opinions. He has the smallest ego of any president in fifty years.

But two things nag at the right...he's a Democrat and he's Black, and whether you or anyone on the right admits it or not, there is a large subset of opposition in this country that relates directly to his skin colour, and that's a shame.