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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Art Of Misdirection

Conservatives love a good "flag issue". It's been their new gig since Obama won the White House and Democrats took control of both Houses of Congress. You know, that moment where every registered Republican in America had all their synapses firing simultaneously due to overt stimulation from Fox"News", conservative talk radio, and the likes of Freedomworks and Koch Industries. That moment where the noise overpowered reality.

But do conservatives really want to get into a argument like this?

What’s wrong with this picture?

That's Michelle Malkin's blog partner and fellow reactionary prattler Doug Powers attempting to show that the man that legally rented a house next to the Palin's while writing a book about them is somehow "less of an American" than Palin and other conservatives.

If you’re going to put out a flag because you know you’re going to be filmed and want to prove that you’re just as patriotic as the neighbor you’re spying on, don’t hang it backwards. If the same rules apply for hanging the Alaska state flag vertically, that one’s backwards too.

And while the average conservative that supports Palin, at least the ones that haven't printed out the "Flag Code" out of a desperate attempt to feel politically relevant with their Tea Bagging brethren, and have it dangling from their refrigerator door with those tacky little magnets like you find at flea markets because, it should be pointed out that their "holy mother" doesn't seem to understand that same code.

But make no mistake, this isn't the first time that Palin has used the American Flag in an "inappropriate" fashion as determined by the Flag Code.

Anyone recall this picture?

That's Palin using the flag in an "inappropriate" fashion as determined by the US Flag Code. And while these "improper posturings" that utilize the iconography and tools of the modern conservative movement are shown to be in complete contrast with that which they claim to hold sacrosanct, one has to wonder how Palin would present herself in her Presidential campaign which is obviously ramping up as I type this out.

The broader point - don't pretend to show reverence to the Flag Code while your "messiah" is trashing it at every turn.

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