At the Huffington Post, Paul Slansky has penned an essay under the title "A Modest Proposal for the 4th: Take Back Old Glory." Now, it's difficult to know how seriously to take something billed as "a modest proposal." Nevertheless, here's a key paragraph:
Of all the stupid things done by the anti-war crowd, the most gratuitously moronic was allowing the sanctimonious hypocrites of the right to co-opt the nation's most basic icon, its flag. The emblem of the country's highest aspirations was mindlessly ceded to the holier-than-thou zealots who used it as a bludgeon against the less fanatical.Shorter version: Despite how well it showed our true feelings, it was not a good idea, PR-wise, to burn all those American flags.
Eventually, Slansky trots out his "proposal":
Everyone who's voting for Obama -- and especially those who are public figures (i.e. Keith Olbermann, Jack Cafferty, Rachel Maddow) must immediately procure a flag pin and not be seen without it before November 5th.On November 5, go ahead and dump the silly things.
If you can't do it with pride, do it as an act of subversion.I.e., just follow Obama's lead: the whole point is to fool the rubes.