Patriotism & Pins

28 Feb

Pre-9/11, not that many people wore American flag lapel pins. In fact, my most vivid memory of politicians wearing lapel pins looks like this:

Some are criticizing Obama’s refusal to wear such a lapel pin. While I like to think he’s avoiding pandering to people who like shiny, colorful objects, some are going so far as to question his patriotism.

These people are farking morons.

For instance,

And this:

If wearing a lapel pin is the ultimate test of one’s patriotism, then this country is way too far gone.

17 Responses to “Patriotism & Pins”

  1. Eric P. February 28, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    A lapel pin and a fairly wide stance.

  2. Calanan February 28, 2008 at 11:08 pm #

    An aside – this was just greenlit over at Fark:

    “Dude crying about Obama’s lack of lapel pin shows up on Dan Abram’s show without a lapel pin. Self-pwning ensues”
    http://forums.fark.com/cgi/fark/comments.pl?IDLink=3433701

    …and the very first comment summed everything up quite nicely:

    Asshat. Stop treating your countrymen like enemies and start trying to do your job. What a spoiled piece of garbage.

  3. Mike from Grand Island February 29, 2008 at 1:58 am #

    well done BP.
    Until we embrace reality instead of superficial BS our stature and development will remain muted.

  4. rosie February 29, 2008 at 9:07 am #

    Perhaps they could exchange their “hypersensitivity buttons” for lapel pins…

  5. steve February 29, 2008 at 10:14 am #

    If he could lose the southern accent, Rep. Kingston would be perfect for a remake of “Animal House” — in the role of Greg Marmalard.

    Dean Wormer: Greg, what is the worst fraternity on this campus?
    Greg Marmalard: Well that would be hard to say, sir. They’re each outstanding in their own way.
    Dean Wormer: Cut the horseshit, son. I’ve got their disciplinary files right here. Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner? Every Halloween, the trees are filled with underwear. Every spring, the toilets explode.
    Greg Marmalard: You’re talking about Delta, sir.
    Dean Wormer: Of course I’m talking about Delta, you TWERP!

  6. Mike from Grand Island February 29, 2008 at 10:17 am #

    Steve: you are the man…that is great

  7. hank February 29, 2008 at 10:20 am #

    In the opinion of the 8% of the population who have served in the Armed Forces, it’s very clear.

    He’s not proud to be an American.
    He’s a Blame America Firster.
    He’s a JF Kerry “Citizen of the World” who would prefer that we be governed by the even more corrupt than the US Congress—United Nations.

    OK, I know you consider it bullshit. But if the leader of the United States doesn’t want to show enough pride in our country to display the flag on a suit lapel, what fucking lurks inside I don’t want to discover.

    It’s simple to me. If I wear a Lapel Pin, it’s to show something I’m Proud of. Be that the Masonic Square and Compasses, the Eagle Globe and anchor of our beloved US Marine Corps, or just the Stars and Stripes, it’s the symbol of something I’m proud to belong to.

    If you had an OBAMA 08 pin on your lapel, it’s not because you’re ashamed to support him—HE WANTS you to wear that.

    Whatever the fuck you do—Don’t let ANYONE THINK YOU MIGHT BE PROUD OF AMERICA–Because until he becomes the President, It’s all fucked up.

    Where’s his plan to get his wife, and the rest of us, proud of America?
    Don’t hear too much–an eloquent orator in an empty suit so far.

    OK–I got it now. Thanks

  8. peter scott February 29, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    McCain doesn’t usually wear a lapel pin…

    and its not “blame-America first”…its being intelligent enough to realize that actions have consequences…and you have the greatest ability to adjust your own actions…

  9. stone February 29, 2008 at 12:49 pm #

    Wow this really shows that most people including the cable news networks have way to much time on their hands.

  10. eac February 29, 2008 at 1:36 pm #

    In the opinion of the 8% of the population who have served in the Armed Forces, it’s very clear.

    Sir, yes sir: because you’ve had your critical thinking skills (assuming you ever had any to begin with; we’ll never know) conditioned right the hell out of your brain, and have had obeisance and servitude conditioned in their stead.

    A distinct advantage for cannon fodder, but not so much for citizens.

  11. Eric P. February 29, 2008 at 1:45 pm #

    I am not even wearing lapels.

    Hank says: “OK, I know you consider it bullshit. But if the leader of the United States doesn’t want to show enough pride in our country to display the flag on a suit lapel, what fucking lurks inside I don’t want to discover.” and also uses the phrase “Blame America First”.

    Hank, you are sounding like a brainwashed Fox news fan. Unfortunately, there are lots of folk who share your nonsensical view(s).

    Also, “It’s simple to me. If I wear a Lapel Pin, it’s to show something I’m Proud of. Be that the Masonic Square and Compasses, the Eagle Globe and anchor of our beloved US Marine Corps, or just the Stars and Stripes, it’s the symbol of something I’m proud to belong to.”

    Hank, what if your not wearing your Masonic or Marines jewelry on your lapel? What would that mean?

    As a Liberal, the first thing I do when I get up in the morning (after I blame America) is to pin my heart on my sleeve – so no one has to wonder what “lurks inside”.

    George Bush doesn’t always wear a lapel pin flag. he has always blamed America first and GWB and the GOP last.

  12. hank February 29, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    It would mean I have a Flag Lapel Pin on.

    Get out and see some of the world Eric, then comment on it.
    What you see from Buffalo don’t fill up a thimble.

  13. hank February 29, 2008 at 2:42 pm #

    Some asshat who’s too afraid to tell anyone what their name is and hides behind 3 letters, wrote:

    Sir, yes sir: because you’ve had your critical thinking skills (assuming you ever had any to begin with; we’ll never know) conditioned right the hell out of your brain, and have had obeisance and servitude conditioned in their stead.

    That’s EXACTLY the same obediance and SERVICE that allows you to run your ignorant pie hole in freedom and safety. Pack a lunch and spend the rest of the day kissing my entire ass.

    Come out from behind that handle and stand up for the constipation of your thoughts and the diarrhea of your words.

  14. eac February 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm #

    That’s EXACTLY the same obediance and SERVICE that allows you to run your ignorant pie hole in freedom and safety. Pack a lunch and spend the rest of the day kissing my entire ass.

    Wait up; how come all that “freedom & safety” puts us behind China–China, that bastion of freedom!!–in our per capita incarceration rate? Pah. BushCo has been rolling back our freedoms at a pretty reliable rate ever since gaining office. You have so little capacity for cognition that you actually believe we use our armed services in defense of freedom and safety. Not since WWII has that been even remotely true, and even then, there were many other reasons we got involved.

    And how do I know you have no critical thinking skills? Because you claim my anonymity actually invalidates my logic. Whether you know who I am or not is completely irrelevant to whether I am right or wrong. Anyone with critical thinking skills knows that. Ergo, you have few or none.

    So no, Hank; kiss *my* ass all day. With your lapel pin on or off, I really couldn’t care less.

  15. Pauldub February 29, 2008 at 3:32 pm #

    Hank – I will say that a lot of the people wear flag pins because right now it’s the cool thing to do. I don’t wear one. I don’t need a friggin pin to show I’m proud of my country. Just like those yellow ribbons on the cars screaming “Look at me! I’m Patriotic!”
    It’s a piece of tin. Actions speak, pins don’t.

  16. Eric P. February 29, 2008 at 3:34 pm #

    Former Marine and now a corrections officer in North Carolina. Grunt gone screw(y) in North Carolina. Some world view. Hank, your “neck” is showing.

  17. Buffalo Rox February 29, 2008 at 3:41 pm #

    Did anyone bother to look at Obama’s car? If it has at least one magnetic yellow or red, white & blue ribbon on it he has to be a true patriot. [sarcasm if you weren’t sure] These expressions of patriotism are hollow if you’re just going along with the crowd.

    I’ll never forget when my grandfather, who was a 2nd lt. in an armored division in WWII, came to visit when I lived outside of Boston. He though it total BS that all the houses had their American flags hanging outside. He noted that they were left outside at night in the dark and in the rain. He felt that they were more exterior decorations than showings of patriotism.

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