Of American flags, American colors and the art of outrage

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:

obamastripes

“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.

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It is entirely common for political organizations to take flag motifs and alter them for their own purposes. Bunting, for example.

teapartyflag

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.

romneyflag

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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.

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elephantflag

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.

captainamericaprez

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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

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86 comments Add your comment

GaBlue

September 20th, 2012
6:23 pm

Did anyone ask how the pachyderms feel about this perversion of their image?

Weetamoe

September 20th, 2012
8:22 pm

Are we asked to put our hands over our hearts and pledge allegiance to dear leader Obama? Have you seen Iowahawk’s camparison of the Obama flag to the bloody handprint streaks on the walls of the Benghazi compound where our ambassador and a couple of private contractors (not as Susan Rice lied, security provided by State Dept — Glen Doherty former Seal was from my home state) were dragged away to their deaths? Outrage is justified.

yuzeyurbrane

September 20th, 2012
8:54 pm

Jim, the way I see it, there are 9 stripes on the Obama flag: 5 reddish orange or orangish red and 4 white. But, art is like that, interpretation is up to the beholder. As for Sue Everhart, she of course has a consummate appreciation of art, no doubt honed to a fine point by years of study at the finest museums around Georgia.

cc

September 20th, 2012
9:11 pm

GaBlue@6:23 pm:
I am sure that the dimocrats have exactly the right symbol for their party! It is, however, an insult to jackasses . . .

Pardon Me

September 20th, 2012
9:30 pm

Recently I happened upon a casual conversation just in time to hear a woman say, “I’m not going to buy one thing between now and Election Day.” This woman is a known R, so I knew that she meant that she didn’t want to do anything to help the economy because that might actually help President Obama look good. If this is mentality of our GA Rs, then nothing that Susie says surprises me.

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
9:41 pm

Jim, LQQK at who we are speaking of “Georgia GOP chairman Sue Everhart “. Of course she is going to be outraged. Surely was not as outraged when Mitt, called most of her party members and supporters here in Georgia, MOOCHERS!

Besides It does not take much of anything to OUTRAGE, most Republicans when it comes to anything President Obama. SUe & her Party Does NOT have a candidate they can believe in and support is declining and underwhelmed. So Poor SUE, she really does have a need to feel OUTRAGED, but it does not have anything to do with the ARTWORK above.

bigdawg

September 20th, 2012
9:48 pm

Did you know the senate Repubs defeated a Veteran’s jobs bill yesterday? Of course you didn’t b/c only the NY Times, MSNBC and a few blogs (progressive, of course) reported it (no CNN, FOX [of course] ABC, CBS or NBC)! The Rethugs dislike Obama so much that they, gladly, throw our brave Vets under the bus to try to steal the election!

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/19/veterans-jobs-bill-blocked-in-the-senate/

Kris

September 20th, 2012
9:49 pm

@ cc

Elephant’s work for peanuts and so will we if the slime bag GOP has its way. Speking of peanuts , we all know karma can be a B#$%H, but justice was serverd with more to come in Nov.
“”Mittens has been undone by his own unspeakable arrogance, and the grandson of a peanut farmer”"

As for soon to be EX…chairman Susie….karma is outraged at you too..

Re-elect President OBAMA

Eric

September 20th, 2012
9:53 pm

If you refuse to see the similarities between this “regime” and other “progressive” movement in history, then by all means, stay ignorant!

The absolute, blind adoration for this man is evidence enough!

Is it really to late to stop him?

Guy Bailey

September 20th, 2012
9:54 pm

Frankly I am more outraged by US flag thongs and shorts that appear in Walmart every July 4th week or so.

And those awful old Georgia flag licence plates I see virtually every day – you know the ones I mean…

jconservative

September 20th, 2012
9:59 pm

The art of politics is to make a political point without looking like a fool. At times it is difficult.

romegaguy

September 20th, 2012
10:04 pm

W used a flag in his campaign logo but that was ok with Sue

Kris

September 20th, 2012
10:04 pm

@ Eric “Is it really to late to stop him?”

Pray it is…God help us..

Vot out the GOP crooks

Re-Elect Presidente OBAMA

John Parks Brown

September 20th, 2012
10:08 pm

They’re all offensive…to Native Americans.

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
10:11 pm

The “BUSINESS MAN” is getting the BUSINESS…….:)

td

September 20th, 2012
10:26 pm

The five stripes are for the five tenants of Islam.

Kris

September 20th, 2012
10:34 pm

@Guy Bailey

“Frankly I am more outraged by US flag thongs and shorts that appear in Walmart every July 4th week or so”/
Amen!

I’m outraged that Sue probably wears her flag thong to Walmart….Need eye cleaner.

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
10:44 pm

td @10:26 pm – Which 5 is that? The depth of your LIES knows no BOTTOM.

Eric

September 20th, 2012
10:48 pm

Ignorance=you think Romney is the “progressive” candidate!

cc

September 20th, 2012
11:01 pm

“They’re all offensive…to Native Americans.”

Really? There are no native Americans. Even the American Indians came here from somewhere else.

td

September 20th, 2012
11:06 pm

Five Pillars of Islam

The Five Pillars of Islam (arkān-al-Islām أركان الإسلام; also arkān ad-dīn أركان الدين “pillars of the religion”) are five basic acts in Islam, considered obligatory by believers. These are summarized in the famous Hadith of Gabriel.[1][2][3][4]

The Qur’an presents them as a framework for worship and a sign of commitment to the faith. They are:

the shahada (Islamic creed)
daily prayers (salat)
almsgiving (zakāt)
fasting during Ramadan (sawm)
the pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj) at least once in a lifetime

Each one of the red strips on Obama’s flag represents one of the pillars. .

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:10 pm

td @ 11:06 pm – If I did not know better, I would say that you need to be monitored 24/7. You are the perfect candidate for The Patriot ACT I,II & III. Anyone that sees all of that out of the Artwork, above needs to be considered a clear & present danger to the rest of US.

td

September 20th, 2012
11:16 pm

I do not know if it is true or not and really do not care but it drives you libs absolutely nuts. I can not prove it is true and you can not prove that it is not true but I can guarantee you that you will see a story about it before the election and libs all across this country heads will pop off.

Kris

September 20th, 2012
11:20 pm

@ td…are you smoking the same stuff as soon to be GOP chairman Sue Everhart before she got outraged?

Just asking…

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

td@11:16 pm – You are part of that STUPID 47%, Mitt was referring too at that fundraiser. You do exist! WOW!

td

September 20th, 2012
11:23 pm

Kris

September 20th, 2012
11:20 pm

I do not need to “smoke” anything to go to an alternate reality. My real life is great and now that I can see a clear path to getting rid of Obama, life is getting better everyday.

Kris

September 20th, 2012
11:25 pm

@td (or who ever you are tonight. Remember when you vote..

Re-elect President OBAMA

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:28 pm

td @ 11:23 pm – Thank You for all of kind support of our re-elected President. Just knowing you are a supporter of all that is MITT verifies that a VOTE of support for the President is the right thing for AMERICA. Your Mind is almost as scary as Mitts plans for America. No wonder he is afraid to show them! I GET CHILLS and shivers…just thinking about them. Brrrrrrrr!

Cheryl

September 20th, 2012
11:28 pm

Why is this offensive? It’s art and it’s not supposed to be a replica of the flag, it represents unity. Did you forget that’s why we live here in the USA? http://www.theopinionatednation.com/2012/09/21/obama-flag-poster-makes-conservatives-delusional-what-happened-to-unity/

td

September 20th, 2012
11:30 pm

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:21 pm

No my friend, I am part of that 10% of this nation you and your fellow OWS, progressive, class envy crowd hates with a passion.

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:32 pm

td

What is Dick “Romney will sweep the swing states” Morris saying about his “secret polls”?

Do you know that when looking at the RCP, Obama is up more today than he was at this time in 08?

hahahahahahah

:-)

Your head is going to explode

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:34 pm

td

We both know our right he was last election, don’t we?

Cherokee

September 20th, 2012
11:34 pm

Wingnuts are always outraged at something. It’s actually kind of boring….

Tomorrow it will be some other thing that Obama said or did 15 years ago…

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

“I can not prove it is true ”

that would be about 99.9999999999% of the crap you post on all the blogs

so why mention it tonight

td

September 20th, 2012
11:36 pm

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:28 pm

You are such a sheep and believe whatever your lib masters tell you to think. Obama will get his 47% of the vote in the nation and will lose.

Just remember the last time our economy was this bad and the world in this much turmoil was in 1979 and the October Gallop poll had Carter up 47% to 39% over Reagan. The MSM told all of us that Reagan was a war monger and an extremist right wing ideologue and that was during a time before we had talk radio, Fox and the internet to disseminate the truth.

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:37 pm

td @11:30 pm – everything about your comments say you not only are you 47%, but you are on the low end of it as WELL. The 10% ,you have only comes into play when you dream at night. By what you write hear, those dreams are horrific Nightmares!
I SHUDDER at the thought.

Bernie

September 20th, 2012
11:38 pm

correction -

td @11:30 pm – everything about your comments say you not only are you 47%, but you are on the low end of it as WELL. The 10% ,you have only comes into play when you dream at night. By what you write here, those dreams are horrific Nightmares!
I SHUDDER at the thought.

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:38 pm

td

Just remember, Obama doesn’t have a 34% approval rating like Carter and Romney damn sure aint no Reagan…….. heck even a dolt like you knows that

Pray for a miracle man, pray

Heck, for all you know GOD is an Obama fan and wants him to win

td

September 20th, 2012
11:39 pm

You don’t say

September 20th, 2012
11:35 pm

“I can not prove it is true ”

that would be about 99.9999999999% of the crap you post on all the blogs

so why mention it tonight

Just to imagine how you drooled on your computer with anger when you read my comment was worth every word.

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:40 pm

td

That was your drool on your hands, stop being a perv and watching porn and fantasizing about me……….. You are sick

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

td

September 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

You don’t say

September 20th, 2012
11:40 pm

No porn here because I am not a Dem and supports my parties platform to kill babies until birth, supports sodomy and denied God three times.

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:45 pm

td

It is funny that during the last elections, many on the right thought McCain and Palin did so well during the debates, but the truth is that during that time is when they lost ground

hahahahahahaha

:-)

Keep surfing the net for all those secret polls and inside info………

I hear Dick Morris has a great track record……..

hahahahahahaha

:-)

td

September 20th, 2012
11:49 pm

You don’t say

September 20th, 2012
11:43 pm

Gallop tied
Rasmussen: Romney up 1
NBC/WSJ: Obama up only 5 with a 11% democratic oversampling.

When you take the RCP and look at the polls they get their information from and go look at the internals then you will see most of them have an oversampling of Dems from 5% to 13% with Obama only having a 3 to 6 point lead. They also assume that dems will turn out with a 7% advantage as they did in 08. If you believe that there is going to be that much of a turnout differential this year then I have some land I want to sell you.

Kris

September 20th, 2012
11:49 pm

@ td..

Your invited to a rommey/ryhnnie bumper sticker removal party tomorrow.
we will remmove those offensive sttickers and replace it with
a shinny brand new made in America

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:53 pm

td

As the song goes “Don’t stop believing”…………

Obama is up more today than he was in 08 when he ran McCain out of the Electoral College gym

He will not win by the same margin this time, but I assure you that you will be able to go to sleep by 11 o’clock knowing that he will be reelected

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:54 pm

Pawlenty jumped of the Romney Titanic today

hahahahaha

:-)

td

September 20th, 2012
11:54 pm

Kris

September 20th, 2012
11:49 pm

Since you mentioned bumper stickers, I have noticed that I have seen way fewer Obama/Biden bumper stickers then I did 4 years ago. I know this is true because I have not been able to drive by and flip the bird as often as 4 years ago.

yuzeyurbrane

September 20th, 2012
11:55 pm

td @ 10;28–”tenets ” not “tenants”. A tenant is someone who rents real property from the owner. If Islam has only 5 Tenants, they are in big trouble. Seriously, you have to stop depending so much on spell-check or just brush up on your spelling. This seems to be a recurring problem so work on it.

You don't say

September 20th, 2012
11:56 pm

“able to drive by and flip the bird as often as 4 years ago.”

Fake @ss Christian…………… Jesus would slap you like the miully mouth lad you are.