Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fox Pins Their Latest Nonsense on Obama

See, now this is why American politics are seen as a complete joke by the rest of the world. Here the conservatives go, getting all wee-wee'd up about Barack Obama not wearing a flag pin on his lapel. For the love of God, when did wearing a f&*%ing flag pin make you a better presidential candidate, a more patriotic American or an individual more worthy of people's respect? Is this all we've got to argue about? Obviously, it's Fox news, so note the details of this moronic tempest in a jingoistic teapot. All Obama said was the following:

“I probably haven’t worn a flag pin in a very long time. After a while, I noticed people wearing a lapel pin and not acting very patriotic...."My attitude is that I'm less concerned about what you're wearing on your lapel than what's in your heart," Obama said. "You show your patriotism by how you treat your fellow Americans, especially those who serve. You show your patriotism by being true to our values and ideals. That's what we have to lead with, is our values and our ideals."

That sounds to me like a rather reasonable and intelligent opinion to hold. Note that the article sub headline says, "Barack Obama may choose not to wear an American flag pin on his lapel, but many of the presidential contender's political rivals say they wouldn't leave home without one." But then read the story. The only "candidates" who dissed Obama on this point were Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter. The rest either didn't comment or said something like, "I try to wear it when I can."

Fox "News" is once again trying to create news by engineering meaningless controversies. No surprise that it's at the expense of Senator Obama's perceived patriotism. His middle name is "Hussein" after all, and you know how Joe Sixpack (and Rupert Murdoch?) feels about that...

If anything, Senator Obama's comment makes me more interested in his campaign, not less. I still have not settled on a candidate for President, although I came pretty close the other day in a conversation with the BBDD when I said unthinkingly, "I just don't know what a Barack Obama presidency would be like. Although, more ominously, I know exactly what a Hillary Clinton presidency would be like..."

1 comment:

Vigilante said...

The triviality of whether Rush Limbaugh said "phony soldier" or "phony soldiers" has finally been surpassed. So has Hillary's cleavage. Now it's what Senator Obama is wearing. Lobotomy for Republicans - It's the law!