Thursday, June 22, 2006

Bush Defaces Old Glory

Today is Thursday, 22 June 2006.

Somewhere in the many boxes awaiting unpacking when your author re-assembles his library is a paperback, ca. 1971: Would You Buy a Used War From this Man? Of course, a caricature of Richard M. Nixon is on the cover.

One of the stories includes a reference to a “perpetually-burning American flag, shunted from one hippie hideout to another”.

If this is an election year, it must be time for the con-servatives in the Republican party to drag out their perpetually-burning American flag constitutional amendment.

Not that there’s been an epidemic of flag burning, or flag stomping, or anything but cowardly con-servatives wrapping themselves in the Red-White-and-Blue while running like hell from service in the Iraq Conquest.

There is, however, a law on the books that con-servatives might want to demand that Warlord W. Bush enforce. It’s found in 4 United States Code 8 (g):

"The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."

Now check out: It’s a photograph of Warlord W. Bush, on 23 July 2003, defacing a miniature American flag by scrawling his so-not-John-Hancock on it. Apparently King George has been at it again, defacing the flag during his vacation junket to Vienna, Austria.

The Museum of the Bourgeois is, for the record, opposed to 4 USC 8 (g), to any flag burning amendment, and to all such attempts to eviscerate the First Amendment by criminalizing political free speech. (But if the con-servatives represent The Rule of Law, then by gum ought not they do some serious representing, and demand punishment of Fearless Leader?)

Now, a constitutional amendment banning the defacement of the First Amendment: that MoB could support.


Correction: Due to confusion in the Office of White House Flackery, T. Snowjob Prop., the correct day for the Warlord’s speech about the Hungarian Uprising, subject of yesterday's post, was not yesterday, but today.

On this date in 1898: Erich Marie Remarque, author of the antiwar classic All Quiet on the Western Front, was born.


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