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PoliCon
11-19-2008, 12:37 PM
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122703075649037953.html
Yesterday we noted a story about liberals, prompted by the election of Barack Obama, making sudden shows of patriotism after shunning such displays for the past eight years. We wondered if the same thing had happened on the other side--that is, if anyone could find examples of conservatives suddenly displaying patriotism in 2000 (or 1980, or 1968 or even 1952) when a Republican won the White House after years of Democratic administrations.

So far, the answer is no. But a reader did call our attention to a somewhat similar phenomenon. An example comes from the Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne, Ind. At a tire shop in nearby Decatur, owner Greg Townsend "hoisted the flag, which has long flown in front of his shop, in the upside down position, a distress signal protesting the election of Barack Obama and Joseph Biden":

Some have protested that flying the flag upside down is a desecration, but it's not, he says, and firmly so, pointing to a printout of flag regulations. An upside down flag is a distress signal, indicating that people's lives or property are in danger. With the election of Obama and Biden, lives are in danger: all the unborn babies that will die the result of abortion. And property is at stake. The recent bailout wasn't a bailout of the American people, he said. It was the bailout of a bankrupt and foreign owned federal reserve system.

Townsend is not alone in using the flag in this way. We heard from one reader who said he, too, has been flying his flag upside down. The USA Flag Site features a discussion board with numerous posts from people who say they'll be flying flags upside down. Nor is this unique to the right: Another reader tells us that one of his neighbors had been flying an inverted flag but turned it right side up on Nov. 5. And of course John Kerry* famously posed in front of an inverted flag for the cover of his 1971 book, "The New Soldier."

noonwitch
11-19-2008, 12:55 PM
I don't know if it's desecration to hang the flag upside down, but it is disrespectful. I thought desecration would be more destructicve of the flag, like burning it or ripping it up, or something along that line.

In Girl Scouts, we always had very specific guidelines for how to display the flag, how to fold it up properly after meetings, and so on.


The appropriate political statement for someone who always hung a flag up prior to the election would be to cease hanging it afterwards.

Gingersnap
11-19-2008, 12:59 PM
If it was childish and disrespectful when the lefties did it during the Bush Administration, it's just as childish and disrespectful to do it during the upcoming Obama administration.

PoliCon
11-19-2008, 01:12 PM
If it was childish and disrespectful when the lefties did it during the Bush Administration, it's just as childish and disrespectful to do it during the upcoming Obama administration.I have to agree.

Full-Auto
11-19-2008, 02:31 PM
The lefties refuse to display the flag, period.

If someone wants to invert the flag, it's not only appropriate as our nation IS in deep trouble right now... but it's also a valid form of expression. It's not desecrating the flag in the slightest.

To each their own.

Gingersnap
11-19-2008, 02:40 PM
The lefties refuse to display the flag, period.

If someone wants to invert the flag, it's not only appropriate as our nation IS in deep trouble right now... but it's also a valid form of expression. It's not desecrating the flag in the slightest.

To each their own.

It's just dumb to use outdated ship-to-ship signals to convey political disagreement. People who want to make a statement about their unhappiness with the government should just buy some spray paint and use plain English.

BSR
11-19-2008, 02:45 PM
If it was childish and disrespectful when the lefties did it during the Bush Administration, it's just as childish and disrespectful to do it during the upcoming Obama administration.



THIS......

ralph wiggum
11-19-2008, 02:45 PM
If it was childish and disrespectful when the lefties did it during the Bush Administration, it's just as childish and disrespectful to do it during the upcoming Obama administration.

Ditto. ........

BSR
11-19-2008, 02:49 PM
The lefties refuse to display the flag, period.

If someone wants to invert the flag, it's not only appropriate as our nation IS in deep trouble right now... but it's also a valid form of expression. It's not desecrating the flag in the slightest.

To each their own.


Hanging the flag upside down is the last ditch effort to show you are in peril and you need assistance (out of ammo, out of food, enemy has surrounded you with no way of fighting them off) . . We are not in peril because Obama is the new President. hanging the flag upside down is like screaming fire in a crowded theater because someone lit a match.

PoliCon
11-19-2008, 03:07 PM
Now see me - I'd rather make a pro statement rather than an anti statement.

Moon
11-19-2008, 04:31 PM
If it was childish and disrespectful when the lefties did it during the Bush Administration, it's just as childish and disrespectful to do it during the upcoming Obama administration.

DING!

Free speech is still free speech, and should be protected and tolerated, especially when we don't agree with it.

Aaron Burr
11-19-2008, 04:36 PM
Personally, I'm tired of seeing the flag upside down. Why can't we fly this flag? It's more technically accurate as it represents the states that actually voted for American this election.

http://c4.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images02/35/l_72882128c3d1466e94fad50ada7e85fb.png

NonConformist
11-19-2008, 05:31 PM
Run up the Gadsden or the Navy Jack instead, dont succumb to Liberal behaviour!!!