28th Amendment: The Flag Pin

May 20, 2008 at 8:56 pm 3 comments

By Roland S. Martin, CNN:

     I’ve watched this debate reach the levels of absurdity this year because journalists and commentators have raised the question to Sen. Barack Obama, “Why don’t you wear a flag lapel pin?”
     I really got a kick out of that one during the ABC debate last month because not one person on stage — Sens. Hillary Clinton and Obama, along with moderators Charlie Gibson and George Stephanopoulos — bothered to accessorize their attire with a flag lapel pin.
     Sen. John McCain has been traveling the globe as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, and this former Navy pilot often doesn’t wear a flag lapel pin.


Since it is clear that our nation is paralyzed and so not able to close our borders, feed the homeless, develop businesses in the inner cities and save people from having their homes taken by foreclosure due to ruthless mortgage companies, all because some folks don’t wear a flag lapel pin, we need to lead a national movement to demand that Congress and the states make requiring officeholders to wear a flag lapel pin the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

See, if it is so important, then take it all the way. Don’t make it optional. Don’t leave it up to someone to choose to wear a flag lapel pin. Let’s really show those politicians that nothing is more important to us than seeing them with the U.S. flag on our chest.

That’s what zealots do. They take something so simple, so personal, so voluntary, and absolutely lose their mind, trying to force someone else to do as them, and everyone else be damned.

Folks, the first year I ever cast a ballot for political office was in 1988. And in the last 20 years, whether it was mayoral, school board, city council, or a statewide, congressional or presidential campaign, the thought of what was on a politician’s lapel never entered into the equation as to whether they are worthy of office.



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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. borealdreams  |  May 20, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    and if “coverage of this issue is an absurdity” [paraphrase] why does CNN drag it out of the coals and resurrect the fire in it again?!

    CNN-Certainly Not News

  • 2. Christian Leftist  |  May 21, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I agree. It’s ridiculous, petty, and totally hypocritical. I love how the people who protest the most over his not stapling one to his cheat have usually done absolutely NOTHING beneficial for this country. How is it patriotic to parrot bigoted assertions?

    I also don’t get why ABC would let an admitted conservative voice the wuestion when it was lear she wasn’t going to vote Democratic anyway.

  • 3. Hans  |  May 21, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    To be like Fox Noise, which everyone in the industry recognizes has [had] the most viewers, so they mimic their style to draw in their viewers to draw in the advertising dollars. Just like CNN is going with the fancy colors [red, white & blue, of course] and the impressive physiques of the spokespeople. I know MSNBC is owned by GE, so I don’t find they are too far behind in this aspect, but at least Kieth Olbermann will on a regular basis announce the station is owned by GE.

    the person, their credentials &experience, interviewed does not matter, it only matter if they can put “Democratic Strategist” next to their name, making this person in effect a “highly regarded” person within the party. If the have “Republican Strategist” next to their name, you can be assured, this person has at least 30 years of visibility fighting for what the Republican party “stands for”.


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