Obama Lovers Can’t Seem to Grasp Basic Flag Etiquette

March 14, 2012 at 4:19 pm (America, Democrats, Etiquette, Flag, Florida, Lake County, Nancy Hulbert, President Obama, Republicans, United States)

A flag flying outside Democrat headquarters in Lake County, Florida, featured something amiss.  There seemed to be a subtle change that was difficult to spot at first glance.  Wait, there it is!

There, in the place where we’re used to seeing a blue field adorned with 50 stars that represent the 50 states in the United States of America, was a lone star.  A rock star.  A Democrat rock star.

50 stars had been replaced with President Obama’s face:

All Patriots Media writes:
A group of Veterans in Lake County, Florida have shown their disgust for the county Democrats who have desecrated the American flag by putting up a mock flag that has President Obama’s face where the 50 stars belong…
In a story from WFTV.com, the veterans went to the offices and demanded the flag be taken down. At first, Lake County Democrat Party Chairwoman Nancy Hulbert declined to take it down, letting the veterans know that if they touch the flag she’ll call the police. 10 minutes later, she came out with a pair of scissors, and took the flag down, noting that she had looked online to figure out if the flag was against the US Flag Code:
Just went online. Just went online and looked up the flag code. There is no higher-up in Lake County. I’m responsible. I take responsibility.

Warner Todd Huston at Right Pundits adds:

The Party hack at the office fought against the veteran that went to demand they take down the altered U.S. flag (because it violates the flag code, he said) saying it was private property and she could do whatever she wanted.
NOW Democrats are worried about private property?
Anyway, the fact that these Democrat hacks didn’t understand immediately that putting Obama’s face on a U.S. flag was not only a violation of the flag codes (an honor system rule, not a law) but was actually offensive to most people, well it’s telling, indeed.

While it is upsetting to veterans for obvious reasons, this is nothing new for Obama fans.

Inside Charm City reported on another example in 2009, citing a photograph that appeared in the Baltimore Sun.

And even prior to that, I covered a story back in August of 2008, in which the tickets for the Democrat National Convention featured Barack Obama draped in an upside-down flag.
…a ticket design for the Democratic National Convention has been accompanied by a bit of controversy.
The credential appears to show an upside-down American flag on both sides. What’s worse, the front makes it appear as if Obama is cloaked in the flag, as the stars are almost visually equivalent to his shirt. In fact, Matt Chandler speaking on behalf of the Obama campaign states:
“…it is a stylized flag designed to blend the stars on Senator Obama’s shirt with the flag blowing in the wind.”
The first question that arises is why would a man who once refused to wear the American flag on his lapel, be interested in sporting a patriotic shirt, overflowing with stars?
Second question, despite the following denial from the Democratic National Convention Committee…
“The DNCC community credentials incorporate patriotic design elements. They do not depict an actual American flag.”
… How did the designer of the credentials not realize that perception might lead people to believe this is indeed a representation of an upside-down flag?
Of course, where all of us pundits lose our point is when we bring up the question of flag etiquette, and U.S. flag codes.  We assume that those on the left are equally as concerned with patriotic symbolism – they are not.  Don’t believe me?  Just check out this Harvard study that confirmed that July 4th celebrations beget more Republicans:
USNews reports a new Harvard study confirms Republicans are more patriotic than Democrats.
A new Harvard University study finds that July 4th parades energize only Republicans, turn kids into Republicans, and help to boost the GOP turnout of adults on Election Day.

“Fourth of July celebrations in the United States shape the nation’s political landscape by forming beliefs and increasing participation, primarily in favor of the Republican Party,” said the report from Harvard.

“The political right has been more successful in appropriating American patriotism and its symbols during the 20th century. Survey evidence also confirms that Republicans consider themselves more patriotic than Democrats. According to this interpretation, there is a political congruence between the patriotism promoted on Fourth of July and the values associated with the Republican party. Fourth of July celebrations in Republican dominated counties may thus be more politically biased events that socialize children into Republicans,” write Harvard Kennedy School Assistant Professor David Yanagizawa-Drott and Bocconi University Assistant Professor Andreas Madestam. 

Perhaps if liberals spent less time burning the flag, and more time learning about it’s history and symbolism, these mistakes would be less frequent.

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