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Friday, October 5, 2007
By Dr. Steven Taylor

Speaking of Obama’s decision not to wear a flag lapel pin, here’s a screencap of Fox News’ web page as of 11:45 central:

foxobamapin.jpg

Ok, this is rather silly. It implies that by taking the flag off his lapel that he has opened up space for some other symbol or allegiance. That is ridiculous.

Further, it demeans news coverage by making it actual news that a candidate isn’t wearing a flag pin. Egads.

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7 Comments

  1. What is even more insulting is the fact that Hillary NEVER wears a flag pin.

    This is further evidence that she is anti-American, like all of the other Democrat candidates.

    Comment by Ratoe — Friday, October 5, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

  2. Obama Won’t Wear Flag Pin

    Senator Barack Obama has stopped wearing an American flag pin on his lapel, saying that it had become “a substitute for true patriotism.”
    An eagle-eyed reporter for the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, noticed something missing from De…

    Trackback by Outside The Beltway | OTB — Friday, October 5, 2007 @ 12:48 pm

  3. This has to be one of the stupidest controversies I’ve ever come across. Obama is castigated because he won’t wear a pin? What, is everyone suddenly retarded? This country is careening headlong into world war 3 because of actual deeds wontonly and continually committed by the power-crazed maniacs in the current administration, and Obama is raked over the coals because of a freaking pin?? This is what’s all over the news? This is important? Jeez-oh-man, what idiocy. Has everyone shut off their brains? Now that the Foxnewsification of America has officially begun I guess folks feel they no longer need them.

    Comment by Allen — Friday, October 5, 2007 @ 3:51 pm

  4. No one has shut off their brain. Sen. Obama made an issue of the pin by calling a substitute for true patriotism. Now how does he know if those who wear the pins are substituting in the way he claims? This insults those who do wear pins.

    I’ve never worn such a pin but certainly don’t begrudge those who do as false patriots. I don’t see those with fish symbols on the rear of their cars as substituting real religion with cheap stick on symbols.

    Would waving a flag at the Fourth of July parade be substitute patriotism? How about flying a flag (as I do) outside your home? Who decides? Who is the judge of patriotism? I can tell you the good senator is not and should not claim to be.

    Comment by Steve Plunk — Friday, October 5, 2007 @ 4:27 pm

  5. Patriotism is not a fashion statement

    Comment by Chris Andersen — Friday, October 5, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

  6. This shows again that Obama isn’t ready for prime time. Good candidates don’t let a crappy litte story like this get out of control.

    The perception of the liberal Democrats in some quarters is that they are anti-defense “blame America first”ers. A good candidate can’t let such a negative stereotype be reinforced. Similarly right wing Republican can’t allow a story to associate him with anything anti-Black anti-Gay. There is a perception in some quarters that’s the real story.

    It’s hard to be a political handler to people like Obama — inexperienced but with a strong sense of how right he is, a man on a mission. A good politico would have had a better handled candidate that would have had a better response to such a query.

    Comment by Buckland — Friday, October 5, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

  7. I agree that the “controversy” is stupid, but I find the “space available” headline to be kind of funny.

    Comment by R. Alex — Monday, October 8, 2007 @ 10:25 am

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