In the news this week right on the heels of attacks on anyone saying our gulags are bad things is the Republican push to destroy yet another part of the constitution: the Holy American Flag amendment.
From the Washington Post:
A constitutional amendment that would allow Congress to ban flag burning passed the House yesterday, and congressional leaders said it has a strong chance to clear the Senate for the first time, sending it to the states for ratification.We all know that America trembles on collapse due to all that flag burning going on. Evidently, it is the root cause of global warming, all those people setting fire to Old Glory. What is really sad is many supporters of this foolish stuff hate the American flag and worship the Confederate flag. So why are they so anxious about the flag they themselves really don't like all that much?
The House has passed the measure four times before, but it has always fallen short of the two-thirds vote needed in the Senate. But changes in the Senate's makeup shifted several votes to the bill's supporters, and a lobbyist who leads the opposition said the absence of one or two senators could mean that the measure would pass.
"There are too many scenarios where we lose," said Terri Ann Schroeder, senior lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union. "We're very concerned." Schroeder counts 65 solid votes in favor of the amendment of the 67 needed for passage if everyone votes. "We still have a number of folks that have never voted, and we still have a potential problem if 100 members do not vote," she said.
The issue has been a favorite of conservatives since a 5 to 4 Supreme Court ruling in 1989 that protected flag desecration as free speech.
Simple. It is an excuse to open the door to one more element of fascism: to elevate emblems of rule over religious icons. Usurping this often means uniting the two which is why so many Christian nations have crosses in their flags. This wasn't accidental. The Nazis were notorious flag wavers. From Garth Jones' 1933 article about one of Hitler's rallies:
From within we hear roar upon roar of applause and the thumping and the blare of a military band and the thud of marching, feet. The door leading to the platform opens and two of us step on to the platform. I have never seen such a mass of people; such a display of flags, up to the top of the high roof; such deafening roars. It is primitive, mass worship.Yes, wall to wall flags with screams of "USA" over and over, the parading of our flags at the Olympics, etc. All are clear echoes of the Nazi way of doing things. People didn't worship flags before then, not to this extent.
It all goes hand in glove with primitive speech styles. As Mr. Jones notes in his article:
It the emotion of the National Eisteddfod exaggerated multifold. Imagine the Welsh national feeling responding to Mr. Lloyd George and add to bitterness of defeat, the depth of humiliation which, Germany has gone through; the painful poverty of the middle class, the sufferings through inflation, the rankling injustice of the War Guilt Clause and savage political hatred, and a picture of the Hitler crowd is there.Bush's strength is his abiility to be a mindless puppet, repeating robotically, all that is whispered in his ear. The weakness of Bush is from the same source: he is, unlike Hitler, a puppet. And now that his strings are broken, a weak puppet. When blood had to be shed, Bush's rhetorical shallowness betrayed him. Virtually no one, not even his most devoted worshippers, are heeding his call to arms simply because Bush, unlike Hitler, is a full time coward. And this shows. His lacksidasical speeches deflate enrollment in the military. Every time he opens his mouth to talk about death, his goofy grin and silly flailing of the arms, his frat in-your-face la-de-dah attitude drives down enrollment. The fact that anyone is still signing up is amazing.
Imagine a speech of Mr. Lloyd George. Take away the wit, take away the intellectual play, the gift of colour, the literary and Biblical allusions of the Welsh statesman. Add a louder voice, less varied in tone, a more unbroken stretch of emotional appeal, more demagogy, and you have Hitler. Hitler has less light and shade than Mr. Lloyd George. He has less variety of gesture. Hitler’s main motion is to point out his right hand, which trembles. He is without the smile and the sharp glance of Mr. Lloyd George without his hush and sudden drop of the voice.
Mr. Lloyd George is more of an artist and knows that life is not all emotion or All tragedy. He lightens a grave speech with humour, as Shakespeare brings in the comedy of life in the porters’ scene in “Macbeth”. Hitler is pure tragedy or heightened melodrama, and reminds one of Schiller’s “Robbers”. His only comic relief is bitter irony. Mr. Lloyd George has a wider scale and as in a Beethoven symphony, makes lighter mood follow or precede a tragic part. Hitler is the Wagner of oratory, a master in repeating the leitmotiv in many varied forms, and the leitmotiv is “The Republican régime in Germany has betrayed you. Our day of retribution has come.” His use of the brass instruments of oratory is Wagnerian, and he thunders out his resounding blows against Bolshevism and against democracy.
The GOP is following their fascist game plan nonetheless. One is to wave the flag artifact while screaming about how much God loves Us and how great we are. The flaw in the leader is reflected in the collapse of volunteers to die for the magical flag. Many American kids don't give two hoots about the flag. Indeed, after a surge of patriotism after 9/11, flag worship is collapsing, not growing. There aren't armies of screaming youth running around, demanding we fly flags and bow to the Leader. Indeed, it is growing awfully quiet out there. I don't even see "Support the Troops" magnets all over everything, either, anymore.
Flag waving without volunteering to die for it becomes a joke, a comedy. Bush, unlike Hitler, neither believes in the flag nor honors it nor even gives two hoots about it. None of the GOP leaders fought to save the flag during the Vietnam war. They have been reduced to waving McCain's tattered flag whenever we attack them for being slackers who hate America. This is why the broohaha over Jesus' General (an my) joke posters asking GOP kids to sign up and fight is most revealing.
Here is one hysterical right wing kid's site:
So what? I know, I know. These people are just pissed off that President Bush won reelection. There were mad that he was elected in the first place and now having nothing new and no educated position to attack from, they just simply make an attempt to create a controversy. But these people are not new. When was the last time I received a comment on this blog challenging President Bush's proposal for reforming Social Security? Never. How come these hippies refuse to send me a statement about why they support the Democrat proposal for reforming Social Security. (Most likely because the Democrats still don't have a plan!) The same goes for every other major issue of national policy. All they have is no-Bush. And they lost that vote...TWICE ALREADY. And they aren't stopping....just wait until 2006 when there will be another round of Republican victories. These hippies will stop smoking pot for about 30 seconds, scratch themselves, and wonder why they keep loosing elections year after year.I am including a good part of this little boy's rant because he reveals exactly why our fascists today are fake. They are pretend fascists. They voted for and follow a rank coward, both Bush and Cheney as well as 99% of the GOP leadership are cowards and this shows, boy, does it show.
Leftist hippies are the real threat to America - these "domestic terrorists" wish to destroy our country. They hope to remove everything we stand for. They strive the adoption of French as our national language and the forced conversion of the country to Islam.
These internet terrorists want the people who hate our country to win. And these vermin (as stated at the top of this post) want to do this at the expense of our lives and particularly the military - those who are putting their lives on the line every single day to defend America. These people are the same useless vermin that drive their hippy cars with bumper stickers saying "Support our Troops - Bring Them Home". But these actions of the left undermine our soldier's abilities to preserve our way of life - and aren't at all helping to protect us from the next terrorist attack.
Obviously these hippies would rather support a draft dodger (both Bill Clinton and Howard Dean) than members of the current Bush administration who have extensive military careers.
They are calling us "hypocrites" for the supposed support of a war...but refusing to join the military. Does this even make sense? Since when do I have to support my political stances with physical action. I believe in tougher testing standards for children in schools, but you don't seem me going to become a test writer for the Education Testing Service. Following this round of logic....if these people thing abortion is so great, how come they don't all sign up to be abortion doctors? Because it doesn't make sense!
They will pass laws "protecting" our flag but won't shed one drop of sweat to really protect it. They take the lazy man's way out. Mouthing pieties while piddling around. This is "cut the grass for the wife and then go get a blow job from a drug addict" lifestyle the GOP seems addicted to.
The entire Republican leadership is bellowing about how doubters and slackers are undermining our war against "terror" yet when we doubters and slackers turn to them and request they fight if they are so terrified of terror and suddenly the right goes slack jawed.
The childish scheme to rule the world is falling apart due to excessive cowardice in the wanna be Nazis running our country. The Civil War/Medieval war reenactors cheerfully go off to "die" every weekend. Many of our real life soldiers enjoyed this activity in days of peace and plenty under Clinton, a man they despised. But the ones who really fight wars are now being worn out and the fake warriors, the ones who cheerfully fight fake wars on weekends, are getting cold feet, too. So now we troll overseas for warriors.
This reminds me of something else: the Civil War reneacters are nearly uniformly in love with the Confederacy and slavery. They have to force members to be "Union" soldiers! They cheer like crazy when they see their favorite flag...the Stars and Bars of Confederacy!
So why are so many right wingers voting to change our Constitution? Huh? Congress has many younger members. They can go to Iraq and fight for America...yup.