Republicans STEAL Democratic Flags! (then accuse Dems of being un-patriotic)
Republicans in right-wing Colorado Springs claim that Democrats left behind unused flags at Mile High Stadium in Denver after Obama’s speech and that they, the Republicans, saved the flags. The story surprised me, because I personally searched the stadium for leftover flags – I wanted one as a souvenir – and it took me some time to find one. The very few flags that were left behind were not in great condition. I did find one small flag (which I brought home) but unfortunately no big flags. I kept looking until the stadium staff kindly asked me (and others) to leave so they could clean up.
I assumed the Republicans were just making up the flag story in a typical, mindless challenge to Democratic Patriotism (see footnote below). But now the truth has just been reported at the Denver Post and on CBS: some McCain operative STOLE the Democratic-Party-owned flags that the Obama campaign was planning to be distribute at future Obama rallies. If I were Obama, I would press charges to get that Republican operative in jail for theft! More on the silly flag story here.
Footnote: Republicans believe protecting a small American flag is more important than protecting the Constitution. That’s why they would support a constitutional amendment to ban flag-burning but see no problem with American torture, secret prisons, warrantless wiretapping, jailing American citizens without charges or trials, hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, and other tactics reminiscent of the former East German police state. For a Republican, patriotism is unthinking, unquestioning love for any Republican American President and believing everything he says without the slightest bit of skepticism. They really believe skepticism of your Government (when run by their party) is “liberal,” “elitist,” “cynical”, “intellectual,” and wrong in a democracy. And the media should apologize.