Posts Tagged ‘freedom’

Flag Burning You Up?

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Unlike Latinos, Arabs, and Greeks, Americans aren’t known as a passionate people. Certainly our blood runs hotter than Brits, Scots, or Swedes – but as a nation, we don’t really get excited about much. Sometimes our national blood pressure can be raised by gas prices, Superbowls, or bouts of Brittany baloney – but usually we favor words rather than fists to express ourselves.

Except when it comes to Flag Burning.

Burn an American flag as a protest and you might as well spit on someone’s Mother’s grave. Flag burning is like dropping the “F -bomb” in church or calling a woman the “C” word. Congress endlessly debates stupid laws against the protest and editorial writers go into a dither over it. It’s a great front page or cover picture – the drama – the color – the boiling blood!

The funny thing is, the more you go nuts over the act, the more effective 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, 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 own clothes on fire.

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Skip Away. Part 3.

Monday, January 21st, 2008

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Tomorrow, January 22, 2008, is the last day for commercials by the infamous, still smoking, antismoking smokesperson, “Skip” Legault. I’m not a smoker but I’m glad to see him go. The antismoking campaign seems to have shifted into a histrionic, “worse than death” mode. Other commercials feature the operation tools of amputation, close-ups of gangrened feet, and hysterical kids making heart-wrenching appeals to Mommy and Daddy not to leave them orphans.

When fanatics start running the asylum, it’s time to reconsider the message. Gross-out commercials are insulting to the three out of four of us who DON’T smoke – in addition to adult smokers who do.

But they “work” you might think. Wrong. Today roughly the same percentage of people smoke who have always smoked: 1 out of 4 adults. Despite the skyrocketing cost of cigarettes, throwing smokers outside in the middle of winter, making them feel like social lepers, scaring their kids, and insulting them with nitwit commercials, millions of people still light up.

Of course much of this continuing habit is addiction (which has NEVER been cured by screaming and cursing at addicts) but I’d like to think there’s another part of it. The part when people say, “I’m a thinking, grown-up American and I’ll make my own decisions in life, thank you. I’m sick of the government continually telling me what to do and what not to do . So butt out, Big Brother, go pick on someone your own size!”

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