Conservatives spanked President Obama for not wearing a flag pin. Which raises the question, what does a flag pin signify? The wearer believes it’s patriotism. It isn’t. The pin is no more than a biker patch – his ‘colors’ if you will. The pin wearer declares himself to be no more than a nationalist wearing patriot’s clothing. Worse, in today’s America, a white nationalist.

What’s the point? Why do it? To rally the troops. America is a battleground. On one side the plutocrats and their poodles in Congress. On the other, trouble-makers like ‘Black Lives Matter’, ‘Occupy Wall Street’ and elitists, urbanites, coastal types and other liberals.

The plutocrats need foot soldiers to win elections. In turn to ensure an environment conducive to the fleecing of the regular guy. Their enablers – the craven politicians who pass or block legislation benefitting the richest amongst us – signal the confused, scared, and fearful white working class that they have their backs.

Wall-to-wall flags. Lapels full of pins. Days in uniform: Zero. The dickless duo.

Wall-to-wall flags. Lapels full of pins. Days in uniform: Zero.

The pin sends the message: You can have your great (white) America again. Trust us. We’re wearing a flag.

And consider this, if you are the patriots, the other side must be the traitors. And if they are traitors they can’t be trusted. Their every protest is a protest against America. Their dissent is a product of some blend of socialism, Islam, immorality, and atheism.

And therein lies the second meaning of the pin. What goes with country – like vanilla ice-cream with apple-pie? God – naturally. It is no surprise there are no atheists in Congress. Or are there?

God is an outsized presence in the American imagination. There is no bigger totem. It is no surprise there are no atheists in Congress. Or are there?

Do you think that most politicians are true believers? After all, these are people who lie for a living. If you believe their bios, every congressperson is a person of faith with the exception of Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Which, in a country that is increasingly non-religious, seems statistically improbable. We are even witnessing a rash of pastors losing their religion.

Of course, the talk of religion has nothing more to do with God than talk of patriotism has to do with country. Even evangelicals are not a religious group. As their support for Donald Trump clearly showed, they are America’s largest white supremacist organization.

Distracting the needy from their need, the lacking from their lack, has been the treasured goal of every demagogue, and his trusted propagandist, since one man decided he ought to have more than the next guy. Even if it meant taking stuff from the next guy.

We like to think that we are rational beings. The type of people who laugh at the poor primitives who sold Manhattan for trinkets. But many of us are no better. In case, those who cede authority to men who say that they are doing God’s work. Men whose only evidence for this ridiculous claim is merely their word. Thin gruel indeed. And we claim the Indians were naive.

Let me just say this in conclusion. Flag pin wearing is not universal. A casual survey indicates that those who have served do not wear them. And those who dodged it – had other priorities so to speak – do so.

Considering that, make your best judgment as to the character of the wearer versus the non-wearer.


Republicans Embrace Racism.

September 3, 2016

Racism has been mainstreamed. White nationalists – David Duke and the like – celebrate their hijack of the GOP. The Republican candidate has made his bones by disparaging Hispanics and Blacks – while gleefully retweeting the opinions of the ‘alt-right’ – itself a euphemism for the self-pitying, ‘European-American’, proto-fascist, neo-Nazi riff-raff that is the reactionary extreme. […]

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Gov. Paul LePage Displays His Racism – Maine Style

January 12, 2016

“One must admit LePage has elevated assholery to a level far past the extraordinary and into a rarified sphere that might be termed divine.” — Stephen King  Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage, is the current Republican poster boy for incivility. Who is he, you might ask? Let me tell you. He’s an ‘up by your bootstraps’, self-made […]

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Really? 2016: Brand New Year – Same Old Racism.

January 8, 2016

“Whoever debases others is debasing himself.” ― James Baldwin The Republican outreach to American minorities has run into its biggest obstacle – Republicans. Standard-bearer for right-wing, reflexive, racism is Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage. No Johnny-come-lately, this exemplar of atavistic tribalism has been having a go at minorities for his entire political career. He declined to […]

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Mike Huckabee Claims God Solves Racism. History Be Damned.

June 23, 2015

“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach” ― Aldous Huxley In reaction to the Charleston massacre, Mike Huckabee advised that there be fewer conversations and more conversions. Go to God he says because, in Huckabee’s philosophy, God solves racism. […]

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Really? – Election 2016 – Some GOPers Dump a Flag; Rafael Cruz’s Religious Hypocrisy; Racist Money Oils Republican Politics.

June 22, 2015

“I’d have wasted a lot of time and trouble before I learned that the best way to take all people, black or white, is to take them for what they think they are, then leave them alone” ― William Faulkner In the aftermath of the Charleston massacre, the Confederate battle flag hoist outside the South […]

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Donald Trump: The Dark Side of Bombast.

June 20, 2015

“Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate” – Bertrand Russell There was a time in the 1980s when Donald Trump epitomized the big talking, swagger of the New York […]

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The Charleston Massacre Sends Conservative into a Religious Fervor – Paranoia to Follow.

June 19, 2015

“I say there is no darkness but ignorance” ― William Shakespeare The Charleston Massacre was another time Conservatives could have said the right thing. And in doing so, advance both their cause and the cause of justice in America. They chose instead to stick to their rhetoric of Christian oppression. And another opportunity was cast aside. […]

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For Bigotry to Flourish, Its Victims Must Be Stripped of their Humanity

May 16, 2015

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Harper Lee – ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. Racism, xenophobia, and other bigotry are easy when you do not see people as individuals – but only as part of a […]

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