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I realize that this is opening up an issue that was discussed ad infinitum last week in an earlier thread, but this is just too juicy to let go. I'm really interested to see what the reaction to this will be here.

 

Couple of quick points:

- I pledge to NOT post any further comments or reactions of my own (which I'm sure many of you will appreciate) other than this: Holy {censored}!

 

- Also, I want to make it VERY clear to Thumper in particular (and to others like him) that I do NOT think HE is an "asshole" for wearing his pin. That is not why I'm posting this. If I wrote this I would change the first line from "show me a man who..." to "show me a Washington politician who..." I am NOT posting this saying, "this is MY opinion" or that I agree with everything said here. It is, however, a very interesting & provocative point of view.

 

So anyway, here it is. Bill Maher's take on the flag pin "crisis". -

 

By Bill Maher

 

Oct. 12, 2007 | New Rule: Show me a man wearing an American flag pin in his lapel, and I'll show you an asshole. I'm sure there are exceptions, but in general people need to remember that lapels aren't for wearing pins to create the illusion that you're supporting the troops. They're for wearing ribbons to create the illusion that you're helping cure a disease.

 

Last week we had the first genuine controversy of the presidential campaign: the shocking news that Barack Obama doesn't wear an American flag lapel pin, so apparently he and America are no longer going steady. "No lapel pin, Senator? It's like not wearing pants. Why don't you just stab the Statue of Liberty in the eye while bitch-slapping a 9/11 widow?" Another in a series of bull{censored} non-stories that have zero effect on the troops, the war or anything in the real world -- or, as Fox calls it, "Breaking News."

 

A reporter in Iowa asked Obama why he doesn't wear the pin and Obama explained that, to him, wearing the pin had come to seem like a "substitute for true patriotism." Bravo, Senator. And then, in yet another shining example of why the media is part of the problem, ABC's Claire Shipman said, "TMI, too much information -- all he had to say was, 'Don't judge me by what I wear, move on.' He played into the idea that he's not ready for prime time."

 

What, schoolgirl? "Too much information?" What is she, 12? This is typical press hypocrisy -- they say they want somebody who doesn't give pat political answers, but when they get one, they call him a loser. They say they don't like safe robots like Hillary, but they create conditions where only that species can survive. And they give cover to people like Sean Hannity, who reported on "no pin" gate and then had to call a doctor because his fake outrage hard-on lasted longer than 72 hours.

 

Of course, the Republicans are the party of Mark Foley and the Rev. Ted Haggard and Larry Craig and countless other closeted homosexuals, so their fixation on jewelry is understandable, but still ... the flag is just a symbol. You're getting pissy about a brooch, you drama queens, one that was probably made in China. It's probably leaking poison lead on you right now.

 

At least that would be some sacrifice, because let's be honest: this generation doesn't do real sacrifice or even pay for our own wars. That's what grandkids are for! No, we do flag pins and bumper stickers. And not even bumper stickers. Bumper magnets. Because stickers are tough to get off, and we may change our mind about never forgetting.

 

When I see the little flag right here, the first thing I think is, you voted for, and still like, George Bush, the man who has gotten more troops unnecessarily killed and maimed by failing to plan for their mission, by pushing their units to the breaking point, by letting his corporate enablers like Halliburton, Bechtel and Blackwater rape and pillage not just the Iraqis, but our own army.

 

Can you imagine how apoplectic the flag-pin people would be if these same transgressions against the military were being made by Bill Clinton? Oh, who am I kidding? They'd still be obsessing about the blow job.

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It's a case of "What does it mean to you?"

I'm not too sure all this Flag pin, Pink Ribbon, and lord knows what else, isn't just the new(old) chic for most ya know, my friends wear them, my boss, my company etc. No one had this {censored} before 9-11 so whats the big deal 6 years later? Because i don't wear this stuff, have it plastered on my car, or a God Bless America door bell chime doesn't mean anything as far as my support for the troops, America, or cancer research. :blah:

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Maher is oversimplifying the issue. You can't generalize peoples' motivation for wearing flag pins. If you ask ten people why they wear them, you'll get ten different responses.

 

For some it's a fashion statement, or political commentary, or an example of follow-the-herd mentality.

 

For some it's an expression of patriotism.

 

My two cents.

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He should have answered the question like this:

"I do not wear the flag pin on my lapel because I am already wearing one on the prince albert I have through my dick. If anyone thinks they are more of a patriot than I am, they can prove it by blowing me. Next question?"

 

 

 

Seriously on my "Giv-a-{censored}-o-meter" this falls right in line with anything having to do with Britney Spears.

 

 

Dan

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