As the Daily Wire reported Tuesday, the Hollywood trade Variety released its latest issue, a special Inaugural edition that features five left-wingers opposed to Donald Trump, the man who will be sworn in as our 45th president Friday. The cover features CNN's Van Jones, Chelsea Handler, rape-hoaxer Lena Dunham, Michael Moore, and Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon. All five stand together holding a large American flag… A flag that, in full-violation of United States Code, is dragging on the ground.
Take a look at this brazen disrespect for yourself.
There is no gray area on this matter.
Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Code ("Respect for flag") states clearly in paragraph (b) that: The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
No, it is not against the law to allow the flag to drag on the ground. There is no civil or legal penalty. Also, contrary to the myth, you do not have to burn the flag if it touches the ground.
Out here in the Flyover Hinterlands, it is common knowledge that, out of respect for our country and those who sacrificed for it, you do not allow Old Glory to hit the ground. Ever.
Nevertheless, being careful to keep the flag from touching the ground is something we were all (well, most of us) taught as children. Out here in the Flyover Hinterlands, it is common knowledge that, out of respect for our country and those who sacrificed for it, you do not allow Old Glory to hit the ground. Ever.
Moreover, when handling the flag, again out of respect, this is something you are supposed to be highly conscious of -- and anyone who esteems the flag, certainly is.
If the flag touches the ground in error, no harm done. It happens. But that is not what happened in this Variety cover….
What you have here are four celebrities and one CNN (naturally) anchor posing as patriots. And yet, not a single one of them had the presence of mind, or enough regard for our flag, to say, Whoa, hey, wait a minute! Get the flag off the floor! First off, it's not okay and I'm not doing it. Secondly, America already sees us as clueless, America-hating, commie elites.
Yes, we do, and this Variety cover is just more proof of that.
Some of you might not remember this, but the Left wasn't always so big on flag-waving and patriotism. That all changed after they lost the presidential election to George W. Bush 12 years ago, in 2004. It was only after that upset that the Left's political language changed. Instead of being honest about their contempt for America, they began to present their anti-American ideas as patriotism. High tax rates are patriotism. Losing a won war in Iraq is patriotism. Freeing America-hating terrorists from Gitmo is patriotism. Forcing everyone to buy an overpriced product they don't need from an insurance company is patriotism.
Of course, that is all nonsense. Propaganda usually is. The idea, though, is to change the very meaning of patriotism from "personal liberty" to "worship central government." Michael Moore, an Oscar-winning propagandist, has been one of the leaders on this front. However…
As you can see, when it comes to learning the basics of pretending to be a patriot, Patriotism 101, so to speak, our Celebrity and Media Betters just didn't have the time … it just wasn't on the schedule to learn a very simple moral lesson. One most of us learned as small children from our parents or grandparents or teachers or neighbors.
The symbol of our country is something bigger than a photo-shoot prop to be dragged on the ground -- in front of the whole world! -- by a bunch of pampered, preening, spoiled, narcissistic celebrities and CNN anchors.
It comes down to this: The symbol of our country is something bigger than a photo-shoot prop to be dragged on the ground -- in front of the whole world! -- by a bunch of pampered, preening, spoiled, narcissistic celebrities and CNN anchors.
Shame on all of them.
P.S. A few years ago, out here in the unsophisticated wilds of North Carolina, and on a cold, windy and rainy afternoon, I was out driving when traffic suddenly came to a stop. A few cars up, a young woman had pulled over and turned on her blinkers so she could rescue a flag that had been blown from its perch to the ground.
No one honked their horn.
A few of us rolled down our windows to wave our gratitude.
When it comes to Old Glory, even in the rain, that's how we rubes roll.
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