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Sep 27 2012

ZOMG! Obama is Desecrating the Flag!

The wingnuts have fired up the faux outrage machine again, this time over a logo being sold by the Obama campaign on posters and t-shirts that uses the patterns of the American flag. Here’s that logo:

ZOMG! And the wingnuts lose their minds over it. Breitbart.com, come on down:

By now, we’re pretty much used to this creepy, narcissistic cult of personality merchandise from Team Obama. But does this print violate the United States Flag Code, which clearly states in part…”The flag must not be marked with any insignia, letter, word, signature, picture or drawing.” …

If this were Mitt Romney putting his “R” logo in place of our stripes, the media would be in Armageddon mode right now over how egotistical the move is and how incompetent any campaign must be to sell something that so clearly violates the flag code of the United States…

On a personal note, to see a sitting president replace the stars of our stars and stripes with his own campaign logo is simply depressing. At the very least, couldn’t our president be the kind of man who would shudder at the sight of such a thing?

Oh yes, you must shudder. And here’s another Breitbart writer using almost identical language:

President Barack Obama took the Cult of Obama and narcissism to perhaps an unprecedented level on Wednesday when his campaign began selling posters that desecrated the image of the American flag by replacing the stars on the flag with the “O” symbol that serves as the Obama campaign’s logo…

These posters are beyond creepy. And they are also stunning displays of egotism and disrespect even from a president not known for his humility and reverence for America’s traditions.

And here’s a writer from the Daily Caller:

Last week, as fundamentalist Muslim mobs burned American flags, it was revealed that you, Mr. President, took our nation’s banner, modified it with your political logo, and offered it for sale on your website. The modified American flag was designed for your personal and political profit.

Mr. President, this is repugnant.

Todd Starnes from Fox News predictably piled on:

Reaction on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook has been overwhelmingly negative.

“This is so offensive,” one reader wrote. “I don’t know why I’m shocked, but I am. This stoops to new lows.”

Another reader offered this assessment: “Once again, very shameful. This is a disgrace.

“And just what was wrong with the flag with the stars and stripes?” a Facebook reader wondered. “Why must Obama create his own flag?”

“A good number of my family, including me and my twin sons, have served under the flag,” another wrote. “This is so far beyond insulting. I can’t imagine anyone who considers themself a patriot voting for Obama. Who does he think he is?”

Maybe he thinks he’s Ronald Reagan:

Or Sarah Palin:

These people really are endlessly ridiculous.

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  1. 1
    Rowan vet-tech

    Well, see, it’s okay for a republican to do it because they’re right, and good, and God’s own party, and they’re not desecrating it, they’re showing that they want the best for this country and that they are proud of this country and I’m going to go vomit from writing that now.

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  3. 3
    tfkreference

    And only 11 stripes. Why does he hate two of the original colonies?

  4. 4
    footface

    And only 11 stripes. Why does he hate two of the original colonies?

    Remember? He’s a Kenyan anti-colonialist!

  5. 5
    Bronze Dog

    I remember being in a chat room when someone abruptly complained about their stupid neighbors. She had overheard a conversation where they complaining about the ‘fact’ that Obama was officially going to change the flag.

    I’ve seen some apparent Obama worship that makes me roll my eyes, but it’s generally restricted to campaign spam, where such things are expected. I doubt it’s as widespread as the wingnuts would want us to believe.

  6. 6
    Abby Normal

    Ironic coming from the Party of Lincoln.

  7. 7
    Doubting Thomas

    Yeah, the wingnuts I know are comparing the red stripes to the bloody smears on the embassy walls in Libya. They even have pictures.

  8. 8
    Randomfactor

    They left Lincoln a LOOONG time ago.

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  10. 10
    justawriter

    There trying to shake down the rubes for cash too. Got this from some silly SEAL …

    The President of the United States of America desecrated our flag.

    Obama sold this ‘obamanation’ for $35.00 on his website.

    If you are as sick and tired as we are about what this anti-american is doing to our country, please contribute $35.00 to Special Operations Speaks, PAC.

    Sincerely,

    Larry Bailey
    Captain (SEAL), USN (Retired)
    Co-Founder, Special Operations Speaks

    P.S. Obama’s divisive campaign has declared class war, gender war, race war and now he has declared war on the military, veterans and supporters.Please support the Special Operations Speaks PAC in this political war against Barack Obama with a $25, 50, $100 or if you can afford it $1,000, $2,500 or more. This is one battle we intend to win.

    Class, gender and race wars and he hates veterans too. I wonder if he steals kids lunch money too.

  11. 11
    hexidecima

    Pity that all this supposed former SEAL shows is that they aren’t necessarily that intelligent or interested in being honest men.

  12. 12
    bmiller

    Having that creepy smiler staring at me is far more offensive than a blanc marketing graphics O.

    But you all are missing the BIG STORY. William Tappley notes that the Obama logo is SATANIC. Because two stripes over three stripes is…..666! And Penis. There’s gotta be a penis here somewhere.

  13. 13
    Alverant

    Let’s not forget the state flags that look like the national flag but with their own logo in place of stars. Then you have the Texas state flag (1 red stripe, 1 blue stripe, 1 star).

  14. 14
    Area Man

    But does this print violate the United States Flag Code, which clearly states in part…”The flag must not be marked with any insignia, letter, word, signature, picture or drawing.” …?

    No. It could not violate the flag code, because no actual flag was involved.

    This has been another episode of Easy Answers to Stupid Questions.

  15. 15
    Randomfactor

    They’ve gotta rake in as much investment income from the suckers as they can before the play closes down on Opening Night, November 6.

  16. 16
    jenniferphillips

    Breitbart comments are heinous (and of course totally ignoring the numerous comments pointing out the Reagan/Bush ’84 flag) but this one made me laugh:

    “When Obama dictates that the American flag be replaced with this flag, then people will wake up. At this point, he can make and sell the flag, but he can’t MAKE us buy it or display it. When he begins demanding the removal of the American flag, then we will be too far gone.”

  17. 17
    Sastra

    Yes, because Christians would neverdesecratethe American flag!

  18. 18
    Randomfactor

    That guy’s too far gone already.

  19. 19
    Gregory in Seattle

    And yet, nary a peep when TPers are wearing the American flag as a jacket, shirt, pants, boxer shorts and/or bikini.

  20. 20
    Raging Bee

    Right. Because NO ONE EVER did ANYTHING involving the pattern of the American flag, or anything kinda similar, until that dark-skinned heathen savage got elected.

    These people’s responses are so infantile and mindless, they don’t even rise to a level where they can be called hypocritical. What mental age are we dealing with here — eight? Ten?

    But does this print violate the United States Flag Code, which clearly states in part…”The flag must not be marked with any insignia, letter, word, signature, picture or drawing.”

    That rule — FWIW — only means you shouldn’t put some other insignia onto an actual American flag. That’s not even what’s being done here. Are the Brietbartians too dumb to understand even that simple distinction?

  21. 21
    brianwestley

    You can test your US flag trivia knowledge here:
    http://www.firesigntheatre.com/flag/index.html

  22. 22
    Raging Bee

    Please support the Special Operations Speaks PAC…

    “Swift Boaters for ‘Truth’” by any other name… Damn, these right-wing morans are so predictable these days.

  23. 23
    Brad

    It’s even really only five stripes, the whole background is stripes. I can see a case fore nine as well, but the top and bottom white is part of the border.

  24. 24
    thisisaturingtest

    It’s a flag; it’s just a frickin’ flag! Did America take out some kind of world copyright that forbids anyone from using, ever, anything remotely resembling that format?

  25. 25
    John Horstman

    Also, the Flag Code is a series of guidelines; it is not a prescriptive law, as criminal penalties for desecrating (whatever that means – holding symbols like a flag sacred is a seriously disturbing practice) the flag were ruled unconstitutional. So, WERE Obama desecrating the flag, my reaction would be, “And…?” Combating the absurd (and RELIGIOUS) nationalistic impulse would be one of my favorite things Obama has done as president. Sadly, what he’s actually doing is pandering to that same unfortunate impulse.

  26. 26
    Area Man

    That rule — FWIW — only means you shouldn’t put some other insignia onto an actual American flag. That’s not even what’s being done here. Are the Brietbartians too dumb to understand even that simple distinction?

    Yes.

    This has been another episode of…

  27. 27
    billydee

    Doesn’t uber-christian, uber-patriot David Barton frequently wear an American flag shirt? Putting a flag on that piece of shit is the ultimate desecration.

  28. 28
    Larry

    They could have saved so much time and effort if they had just posted the following:

    He’s a n*er

    Pretty much comes down to the same thing.

  29. 29
    cptdoom

    And only 11 stripes. Why does he hate two of the original colonies?

    Perhaps Obama is simply predicting the number of original colonies he’ll win in the election (take away SC and GA, which are guaranteed Romney wins, and Obama could win all the rest).

  30. 30
    tacitus

    Apparently all the fuss worked. The Obama campaign has dropped the flag logo from its advertising and merchandising. No doubt they decided that it was better to be safe than sorry, no matter how loony the right-wing press are.

  31. 31
    cjcolucci

    If this were Mitt Romney putting his “R” logo in place of our stripes, the media would be in Armageddon mode right now over how egotistical the move is and how incompetent any campaign must be to sell something that so clearly violates the flag code of the United States.

    This is just lazy and stupid. Is there any reason or argument to suggest that this hypothetical hypocrisy would ever actualize if given a chance? It doesn’t seem likely to me that the media would do what the Breitbartians suggest, and the images following the post strongly suggest the opposite. But don’t let that stop anyone from making something up and yelling “hypocrite!”

  32. 32
    Chiroptera

    tacitus, #30: No doubt they decided that it was better to be safe than sorry, no matter how loony the right-wing press are.

    Maybe they’re treating the election results like a video game: they want to see just how high they can get the numbers.

  33. 33
    busterggi

    I don’t recall the Repubes boycotting Captain American, and he’s been wearing the stars & stripes for more than 70 years.

  34. 34
    Randomfactor

    Chiroptera #32, we also have to worry about downballot races too.

    At this point, running up the score is the honorable thing to do.

  35. 35
    Modusoperandi

    justawriter “I wonder if he steals kids lunch money too.”
    No. He “redistributes” it. From the fat ones to the skinny ones.

  36. 36
    steve84

    The Flag Code is a silly, over-the-top piece of crap written by someone who is clearly obsessive-compulsive. As already said, it’s also in no way a binding law.

  37. 37
    mrheteronormative

    “ZOMG!”? You’re starting to sound like thunderf00t. A blogger who was expelled for apparently being a shitty blogger because he said stuff like that.. After only a handful of posts.

  38. 38
    jimvj

    Desecration of the flag, like porn/obscenity is in the mind of the viewer. Could I “desecrate” what looks like an American flag, but has 51 stars – and therefore is not an American flag?

  39. 39
    timberwoof

    When the United States bans burning the US flag, I’ll buy a cheap Chinese one, accidentally drop it on the ground, and then take it to a local Boy Scout troop and let them burn it for me. (That bit of ritualistic foofery always seems to make it into the proposals.) I will videotape the event and post it on YouTube as my protest.

    Germans giggle at American flag fetishism.

    I watched an early episode of the new BattleStar Galactica series, the one in which a radio beacon goes berserk and kills a bunch of pilots. I was astonished at how precisely the US flag-folding ritual matches what our ancestors from the Twelve Colonies did thousands of years ago. Or whatever. Come on, BSG producers! Could you not have invented some other form of flag fetishism than to fold a 3×5 flag precisely into triangles that resemble the hats the Revolutionaries wore?

  40. 40
    Randomfactor

    “ZOMG!”? You’re starting to sound like thunderf00t. A blogger who was expelled for apparently being a shitty blogger because he said stuff like that.. After only a handful of posts.

    In his case, “ZOMG!” was the GOOD part.

  41. 41
    davidwhitlock

    ZOMG!!! It is actually worse than that!!!

    Obama is desecrating the flags of Liberia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Liberia.svg

    and Malaysia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Malaysia

    Oh noes, Obama desecration of those flags is going to lead to war and terrorist attacks against the US for desecrating the flags of Liberia and Malaysia!!!

  42. 42
    left0ver1under

    Adbusters got it right years ago. Here’s Romney’s flag.

    http://www.ualberta.ca/~cwc/backgrounds/flag.jpg

  43. 43
    navigator

    Nutjobs, all nutjobs. Yes, the “flag code” says it is unacceptable to use the flag as clothes, and we see people doing it every day. And yes, you morons, it offends me. I don’t want to see MY flag smeared across your fat ass. But that’s how it works in our country,it’s free speech you ignorant people, who think you are being “real Americans” because your bimbo of the moment has an American flag bikini. I hope you salute the flag, or say the Pledge of Allegience (complete with the later insterted God thing) when you go down on her. Or insert, or whatever.

  44. 44
    dan4

    @28: You’re race-baiting. It’s because Obama is a Democrat, not because he is (half) African-American. The not-so-Breitbart hacks and the Daily Callgirl writer would have probably gone similarly apeshit over ANY Democratic POTUS with the same campaign logo in question as Obama’s.

  45. 45
    dsmccoy

    That’s the Republican flag he’s desecrating.
    Here’s the Democratic party flag:

    http://tinyurl.com/9x7ad5p

  46. 46
    puppygod

    @17 Sastra

    Yes, because Christians would never … desecrate … the American flag!

    Why the last one has Egyptian pyramids with big-ass cross? Inquisitive minds wants to know what kind of insane symbolism is behind that.

    @30 tacitus

    Apparently all the fuss worked. The Obama campaign has dropped the flag logo from its advertising and merchandising. No doubt they decided that it was better to be safe than sorry, no matter how loony the right-wing press are.

    I’d say good for them. All that flag-fetishism is ridiculously funny, especially for non-American, but I have to admit that this logo is rather unimpressive. And by rather unimpressive I mean completely awful.

  47. 47
    democommie

    This:

    “”I have to admit that I’m a Birther,” said SOS founder Larry Bailey, a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, in an interview. “If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is.” (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2920221/posts)

    is all one would need to know about that fuckhead Bailey, if they didn’t already know he was a Rovian apparatdick.

    This manufactroversey about “using” images of the flag in a disrespectful manner is just one of the many distractions trotted out by the GOPukes on a regular basis so that the credible boobs will vote out of anger and fear rather than as an exercise in democracy.

    Back in the early 70′s I had a poster of the U.S. flag emblazoned with the slogan, “Be American–buy American!”. Way down in the corner it said, of course, “Made in Japan”.

  48. 48
    kermit.

    dsmccoy – sadly, the Democratic Party is dominated by right-wing moderates. Obama is more akin to Ford or perhaps even Reagan than he is to any socialist. To suggest any kinship to the actual U.S.S.R. is of course laughable. But if we continue expanding the police state powers that Bush started and which Obama is encouraging, we may get there yet.

    Here is Romney’s flag: http://tinyurl.com/9dztp6y

    …and the Tea Party’s: http://tinyurl.com/8h9ccay

  49. 49
    Uncle Glenny

    I note the use of the american flag in the Gas-X banner ad.

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