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Thursday, April 17, 2008


What's the deal with flag pins?

Regarding the Democratic debate, can I just add one thing about the ridiculous question about why Obama doesn't wear a flag pin? What's up with flag pins? If the flag is such an important symbol, and prima facie evidence of "patriotism," shouldn't everyone be flying an actual flag over their house every day? Indeed, the Flag Code (Section 6D) says "The flag should be displayed on all days," and it's not just referring to public buildings.

And Section 8J of the code says, "No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations. The flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing. Therefore, the lapel flag pin being a replica, should be worn on the left lapel near the heart." Which implies that anyone who isn't "military personnel..." etc., like, say, most members of Congress or talk-show hosts or many others shouldn't be wearing the pin at all. Hmmmm.

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