Georgia GOP chairman Sue Everhart this afternoon joined other Republicans to demand my outrage – and yours — over this bit of art called “Our Stripes” that Barack Obama’s re-election campaign is selling for $35 a print:
“I’m speechless. Utterly disrespectful and outrageous,” Everhart says.
Now, I’m entirely willing to be outraged. I find it exciting, and it burns calories. But I require more information.
It is entirely common for political organizations to take flag motifs and alter them for their own purposes. Bunting, for example.
In the above case, the Obama campaign has adopted the form of the U.S. flag (note that there are five stripes, not seven), but has stayed away from the colors. Other groups prefer to use the colors of the U.S. flag – but feel free to play with the form.
Some people might declare that putting a personal stamp on a U.S. flag is somehow disrespectful. But Mitt Romney surely isn’t among them, because his campaign is selling this poster on the right for $20.
And then there are those who are entirely willing to take the colors of the flag, and what some people might declare a rudimentary representation of the form, and turn it into a pachyderm. Whether this is respectful or not is for others to say – but if you like it, you can buy it here for a couple bucks.
Finally, maybe you haven’t heard that Marvel Entertainment has already declared the winner of the 2012 presidential election – through write-in votes – to be Captain America. Who apparently has his own rules – not just about flag protocol, but formal wear, too.
So remind me — which one of these deserves my utter outrage, and why?
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider