by John Hawkins | October 30, 2003 12:01 am
Ok, first off, I want you to take a look at this billboard…
Now, what do YOU see when you look at that billboard? Personally, when I look at that billboard, I don’t see any particular party or political message being pushed. All I see is cute little girl at a patriotic rally somewhere and a billboard urging all Americans to stick together. You know, “United we stand, divided we fall”.
But of course, not everyone sees the same thing when they look at this billboard. Here’s what some of the people at the Democratic Underground perceive when they look at this picture…
nu_duer: “The message I get is “don’t question, just wave your flag and follow.”
The people who put this billboard up do have some inspirational, almost anti-war billboards, but this one, using children (this girl looks like she’s seen God or something) to sell “patriotism,” this billboard bothers me. (if the wind is blowing hard enough to fly that flag, could that little girl really hold it up with one hand?)
And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in resenting having the flag shoved down my throat at every turn. Its my country’s flag, not a “can you hear me now” catchphrase.”
frank frankly: “no no no no no
how stupid. how awful and stupid. what the f*ck does that kid know about anything?
ugh. the police state tightening under the rush of hatriotism…”
ixion: “flags didn’t bother me… but now they do…
The nationalistic zomby thing really makes me sick. Nationalism before all else and above all things. It’s pathetic.”
maveric: “A blonde haired blue eyed little girl. Promoting the Aryan agenda
What do repugs have with blondes? The media whores, pundits, and Fox news especially. Are they ordered to bleach their hair?
The Aryan Jesus is the one that gets me!”
DBoon: “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer!”
MrsGrumpy: “We have it on I-94 here in Detroit.
Unity….heehee, and if not call the FBI on your neighbor.”
Resistance Is Futile: “It’s not the flag
Note the motto: “What makes us great. Unity”
This is nothing more than pro-GOP propaganda combined with the stench of Naziism.”
Earlier this month, Howard Dean touched on a theme many people on the left have been bringing up when he said, ‘the American flag “does not belong to John Ashcroft, Rush Limbaugh, and Dick Cheney. It belongs to the people of the United States of America, and that is us.'”
You know, Dean was absolutely right. The flag does not belong to Ashcroft, Limbaugh, Cheney, Bush, me, you or any other conservative or group of conservatives. But we’re not claiming that the flag “belongs” to us to begin with. I don’t care whether you’re liberal or conservative, I see no reason why you can’t proudly wave our flag as a show of respect to the greatest nation that has ever existed in the history of the world.
So if the left gets a rap for being unpatriotic, it’s not because we mean, old conservatives treated the left unfairly. It’s because there are so many people, like these lefties from the DU, who look at a little girl waving an American flag and a message calling for unity and see Nazis, “hatriotism”, police states, and pro-GOP propaganda. That’s an albatross that the left hangs around its own neck, not one the right has put there.
***Update #1***: In the comment section, Ninja Cow writes,
“It’s obvious the little girl is signaling Hitler, or heiling him with both arms. The Flag is not what it appears to be. In reality, it is a secret radioactive nuclear flabbermegasted death ray designed by the GOP to brainwash other nations. It also contains American “time travel” devices that allows the USA to steal tech from the future. Where do you think they got the idea for shoe laces??
Little girls are evil. Flags are evil. Santa Clause is evil. Unity is evil!!!”
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