Sunday, February 24, 2008

Seriously?? SERIOUSLY??!!

(CNN) -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama defended himself and his wife Sunday against suggestions that they are insufficiently patriotic.
Asked during a town hall meeting in Lorain, Ohio, about "an attempt by conservatives and Republicans to paint you as unpatriotic," a questioner cited the fact that Obama once failed to put his hand over his heart while singing the national anthem.

The questioner also noted that the Illinois senator does not wear an American flag lapel pin, has met with former members of the radical anti-Vietnam War group, Weather Underground, and his wife was quoted recently as saying she never felt really proud of the United States until recently


He doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin?? Have we really stooped to this level?? I am one hell of a patriot; I support the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, I have educated myself through reading about the founding of our country, I vote in every election, I attend every caucus, I volunteer, I pay my taxes, I follow laws, I eat potato salad on July 4th, I buy bonds, I know my neighbors, and I sing the anthem with gusto. But I don't recite the pledge because I find it fascist, and I sure don't put my hand over my heart. I don't wear insipid little lapel pins, nor do I put asinine ribbon magnets on my car. My God, we are as shallow as the world thinks we are.

6 comments:

kirelimel said...

Read "The End of America" by Naomi Wolf. I promise it will fire you up and scare the pants off you at the same time.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I'm with ya sister.

Scott J. said...

Ain't America 2.0 grand?

Christopher Tassava said...

Holy cow. I missed that. America is truly a bizarre and sometimes loathesome place.

Cheesecake Maven said...

Have you also noticed the battle between neighbors in rural America to see who can run the largest American flag up the tallest flag pole and have the brightest light shine on it at night? I'm the most patriotic. No, I am! No, I am! And all the while they shop in mega-shopping centers for those cheap car magnets which are produced in small sweatshops in other countries. America the Bizarre - indeed.

Johnny Yen said...

My son and I were talking about the lapel pin thing. That is the most idiotic measure of patriotism imaginable. That is, in fact, one of the known warning signs of fascism-- promoting symbolism over actual content.