Archive for January 1st, 2012

Flag Fires Burning You Up?

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Cliched protest (yawn)

A few members of the Occupy Charlotte Movement burned an American flag yesterday enraging critics and sharply dividing its own crew. Some protesters said they’d leave the camp if the burners weren’t thrown out.  Others said they’d leave if they were.  And Rush of Flatulence got a whole new whine to snivel.

The funny thing is, the more everyone goes nuts over the act, the more successful it becomes. Demonstrators WANT you to go nuts. They WANT you to become emotionally involved in their issues. Bad publicity is better than no publicity and flag burning is a surefire, over-the-top button to press.

So let’s take a breath here and use our heads.

Flags aren’t the country, they’re SYMBOLS of the country. They’re little pieces of rectangular cloth sold to retailers by wholesalers – just like any other product. Flags aren’t manufactured reverently and rabbis don’t make them kosher. If one gets burned, there’s an endless supply to take its place.

So the next time you see some protesting dolt burn an American flag in a dull, cliched, protest, don’t get excited. Don’t let your buttons get pushed. Smile. Think about our wonderful Bill of Rights which allows the nitwit to express himself freely in the land of the free.

And then hope for a little breeze so the goofball will accidentally set his clothes on fire.