Saturday, January 08, 2005

I Pledge Allegience to the Sacred Icon

In pre-war Iraq, every classroom had to have a portrait of Saddam.

North Korea goes one better: not only does every classroom have to have a portrait of "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung and, preferably, one of "Dear Leader" Kim Jong Il, too, but there are also very specific rules concerning the size and placement of said portraits.

Now it's Florida's turn.

(I dunno. I think patriotism is a very good thing, but I think you can express it quite well without having to eat up 2' x 3' of valuable classroom wall space! Am I wrong?)


Anonymous said...

I am often ostracized in social situations and generally snickered at by my peers because I am an expressed patriot. I love the US, my father and grandfather were both high-ranking soldiers, after the election I was disgusted at all my fellow progressives who wanted to jump ship and move to Canada.

People need to realize that there's true patriotism which involves thought and the belief in somekind of national identity and a desire to make your nation a better place and then there is stupid hoo haw that kind of seems like patriotism, this bullshit law for instance.

Taxpayers paid state legislators while they were wasting time passing this stupid piece of poo. That angers me.

Don Snabulus said...

I would like to refinish this quote from the article...

"I really do think it's just a total waste of effort and money," Persis said. "We already have flags. It's not the size of the flag that matters,it is the motion between the oceans. Keep on truckin' America!

My other observation is that Communist China will probably manufacture these flags using energy derived from theocratic Iran (possibly nylon too) at the expense of American taxpayers (or customers of the donating businesses). If this were not the case, the flags would cost 2 to 5 times as much (I know, I tried to find an inexpensive American American flag and it ain't easy). All that effort is expended on children who have already tuned it out obsessing about the next recess or going home to their video games.

Somewhere in that bizarre shuffle, the patriotism gets lost.

thehim said...

It's all symbolism. People think they can support the troops simply by slapping a bumper sticker on their car or by waving a flag. Patriotism involves being willing to truly sacrifice for the sake of your country. A lot of people take for granted what this country has stood for, but when it comes down to preserving the American way, it's just too damn hard for some people to figure out what that really entails.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Well, if you'll forgive me for injecting a (surprisingly out of character) Biblical anecdote, it's a lot like Matthew 6:5-6, paraphrased as, "People that make a big display of praying in public are hypocrites. True believers are the ones that pray in their closets." Since a lot of these bleating flag-wavers also consider themselves devout Christians, I think it's high time they actually went back and read what they claim to believe so fervently. The same rule applies to a great many things including patriotism.

DewKid said...

Stupid right wing wackos.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Would you prefer even stupider right-wing wackos?

Anonymous said...

Right-wing mushrooms:

What are we? Chopped lichens?