Sunday, November 02, 2008

More John McHypocrisy

Today is Sunday, 2 November 2008.

HH submitted the following "Letter to the Editor" to The New York Times a week ago; it was not published.

"An American flag autographed by John McCain for a supporter is shown in a photo in the “Week in Review Election Special Issue” of October 26, 2008.

According to Section 1 of Title 4 of the United States Code: “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.”

Does Mr. McCain make a habit of defacing American flags?"


Anonymous NET said...

Enough already! Believe it or not, many people view Obama as the coming of the Anti Christ. I don't think the incident you cite was done with intended malice and disrespect. How many others have literally made clothing out of flags? Or used the flag in other ways that were contrary to the "accepted" way of displaying the symbol of our great nation? I repeat, enough already!

When this unbelievably long campaign season is over, those who will be in power have a lot to do to prove they weren't lying all this time about their intentions as to how they intend to make "change." All through this thing I wondered, is it just me, or do both of these candidates intend to change EVERYTHING? The change label seemed all encompassing. I think it was used to influence each voter into thinking that "change" would happen in their personal area(s) of concern. I say, whoever wins, they better get to it and not go out for "tap dance" lessons in three months.

8:05 AM  
Anonymous rTr said...

I agree.

Enough already.

Enough of an America that would buy into such a non-issue of wearing lapel flag pins as an indicator of 'Anti-American' sentiment while at the same time, saran wrapping yourself in the American Flag brand to advance a political career is somehow noble while willfully ignoring the very laws that those self-same individuals assert to confer sacred status on the symbol of the idea that is America.

Enough of a public that would give tacit approval through the political process to use the ideal of being an American as a club with which to bash their next door neighbors.

Enough of an America that is so blinded by material gold that it would endorse as compassionate conservatism our elected leaders' response to a tragedy of biblical proportions visited on the economically disadvantaged multitude in New Orleans.

Enough of bootheel diplomacy.

Enough of the use of the term 'Anti-Christ' by religious zealots for whom the Christ's message of love and forgiveness freely given, even to those who have used them spitefully, has been turned into a fungible commodity.

Enough of the type of political exploitation of willful ignorance, that is demonstrated in the fact of 23% of Texans believing that Senator Obama is a Muslim.

Enough of a national intolerance that asserts that an individual's decision in the voting booth that is based on a political candidate's personal religious beliefs regardless of the rights and ideals espoused in the first amendment of our Constitution is a legitimate criterion in our public discourse.

Enough of 'I Got Mine,' replacing 'E Pluribus Unum.'

Enough of those shouting 'Enough' when their surfeit of unearned advantage is illuminated.

Enough of a national identity that rejects humility as a sign of weakness.

Enough of a public that actively seeks to render the beatitudes into hollow platitudes.

10:26 AM  
Anonymous not idealistic, just realistic said...

Hey RTR, sorry everyone does not behave in the way you feel they should. I say - enough of intolerance of ignorance. Frankly, some people just can't help it. Some people are so surrounded by ignorance, that they can't overcome it. Some people just flat don't care about anything past their own driveway. Sorry, but that is the way it is.

When Senator Obama takes office, I presume that all of the things you rail about will turn around. Good luck with that.

1:08 PM  
Anonymous rtr said...

Dear NIJR,

Thanks for taking me off the hook. Glad to hear that I have no personal responsibility for the reality that exists. Somehow, that seems to be at odds with the notions of civic responsibility that I was taught to believe to be necessary sustenance for democracy to thrive.

p.s. The operative modifier to my remarks about ignorance is "willful."

4:19 PM  
Anonymous not idealistic, just realistic said...

RTR - You do not have responsibility for the reality other people WILLFULLY choose. You may try to persude them, but they have free will.

You are off the hook only if you try to persude. If you are not successful, that does not mean your effort meaningless; it just means it was not effective. Failure does not negate your effort.

If you believe "failure is not an option", you are unrealistic. We do the best we can. If we fail, it proves we are human. And, no, I'm not making excuses for failure.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous rtr said...

I can both recognize and accept failure as an option. However, our technological capacity to bring us to an evolutionary dead end may have outstripped our capacity to avoid using that technology to effect such a conclusion.

Extinction is not an option regardless of the desires of eschatological activists. I can find harmony in the cycle of life. Working to end that cycle is abhorrent to me and successful pursuit of any rapturous agenda is not an option regardless of current reality.

5:28 PM  

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