Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Stop Talking About Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal

Some of my fellow liberal bloggers have seized upon the documented fact that a huge American flag was dragged across the ground by the McCain campaign. They have even provided this video of the atrocity, which ought to make "real" Americans angry, especially here in Missouri, because Missouri is where they chose to demonstrate their disregard and disdain for America.
It bothers me to even post the video.

Despite my strong patriotism, I am calling on my fellow liberal bloggers to cease discussion of the Republican flag-desecration scandal. While it provides a vivid example of how the Republicans have a penchant for false patriotism, and how little respect they really have for patriotism after it has served their self-interest, I think that we should be better than that.

We should remember that not all Republicans are flag-tramplers. In fact, even in this case, we have no evidence that John McCain personally approved of the flag-dragging. I doubt that he personally approved or ordered the flag-desecration, because he has been terribly busy planning attacks on Obama's patriotism, and on the patriotism of those who support him. When Governor Palin claimed that "real Americans" are supporting her ticket, and "anti-Americans" are supporting Obama, I'm willing to bet that she was not even thinking about her next opportunity to drag the American flag across the ground.

Some might point out that the McCain campaign deserves to be criticized for this Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal, because they attempted to create and exploit a false flag desecration scandal earlier in the campaign in an attempt to damage Obama. To that I say, let bygones be bygones, and let's just ignore the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri!!

Why do I think we should ignore the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri? Because this campaign ought to be about the issues, not about the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri. Personally, I would rather talk about Health Care Policy and Foreign Policy and the Economy than the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri.

We also must remember that after November 4, we will need to work with the Republicans across the aisle, whether they were part of the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri, or not. So, please, fellow liberal bloggers, let's stop talking about the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri.

Okay? I don't want to see this video ever again.

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14 Comments:

Anonymous Whistleblowme said...

Dan, the McCain campaign did not drag the flag itself. It paid for people to drag the flag through the dirt. I think it's important to remember that while McCain was planning his next attack on the patriotism of Democrats, he was paying somebody to drag the flag through Missouri dirt.

But if the Republicans would suddenly rather talk about the issues, I'm with you. I'm willing to let bygones be bygones, and never even mention the Republican Flag-Desecration Scandal That Happened Right Here In Missouri.

10/22/2008 8:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

excellent post bluebloggers

10/22/2008 8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical liberal leap of logic. According to Dan, all Republicans are only patriotic when it suits their needs. Dan, you can't really mean this. If you do, then this is simply one more reason to disregard what you say. Try to be honest from now on instead of making such ridiculous statements. I would expect better even from a liberal. WKB

10/22/2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger les said...

KSDK -- A production company is apologizing for how its workers treated the American Flag. It happened Monday after everybody left Senator John McCain's rally in St. Charles.

Video: Watch Rebecca Wu's report
NewsChannel 5 photographer Larry Johnson could not believe what was happening when he saw the workers let the giant flag fall to the ground. While he's rolling his camera, you could hear him say, "I feel like going over there and saying, 'what the *&^% you're doing?'"

Johnson stopped rolling his camera and confronted the worker. The cofounder of the production company hired to set the stage apologized to our photographer. Trent Edgerton of Sound Central, a Wisconsin-based company, told NewsChannel 5 the workers were trying to bring down the flag as soon as possible because of the wind. He apologized again and said he would make sure it did not happen again.

We showed the video to Terry Souders, a Vietnam Veteran and ex-commander of VFW Post 3500 in Richmond Heights.

"This is pathetic," he said while watching a replay of the video.

Souders contained his reaction during the interview but said there's no excuse for what happened.

"This is our national symbol. So many men and women went to war under this flag and have died so we can fly this flag," he said.

In a prepared statement, Wendy Riemann, Missouri Spokeswoman for McCain's campaign said: "We find the action, done by an outside vendor separate from the campaign, very troubling and have followed up with the vendor to express our displeasure. We take flag protocol very seriously and we will continue working to ensure our flag is given the proper respect."

10/22/2008 9:11 AM  
Blogger les said...

Nice, very nice. A deft touch; just flip your side, abandon your principles and this might qualify for the more "reasonable" end of the wingnut welfare line. And that can pay.

10/22/2008 9:13 AM  
Blogger les said...

And anon 9:11 confirms the oft-observed fact that conservatives have no sense of humor. I'd lend you my irony meter, son, but it blew out somewhere around the Palin announcement.

10/22/2008 9:15 AM  
Blogger Reverse_Vampyr said...

This post brought to you by the Department of Redundancy Department.

And the letter Q, and the number 4. :)

10/22/2008 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone remember the Obama nomination gala after it was over? Thousands of brand new unused American flags were thrown in the trash by the people the Obama campaign paid to clean up the mess. Tsk tsk

10/23/2008 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Whistleblowme said...

Anonymous - That's the lie that Dan mentioned - it has been debunked. There's certainly not video of it, as there is of the Great McCain Flag Trample!

Hold it! I just watched the video again, and the Guy That McCain Hired to Desecrate the Flag doesn't appear to have a flag pin in his lapel!!!

OMG - alert the pundits!!

10/23/2008 9:27 AM  
Blogger Capt. Geoffrey Spaulding said...

Maybe- if the Republicrats would STICK TO THE ISSUES...

10/24/2008 8:21 AM  
Blogger les said...

Good idea, Cap'n G; but as McCain's campaign said, if they do that they lose. So...

10/24/2008 9:11 AM  
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