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ONE HELL OF A TV COMMERCIAL: DODGE CHALLENGER – FREEDOM

Posted by Andrew Roman on June 15, 2010

In an age where multiculturalism is almost a moral imperative – where love and appreciation of country have been tossed aside in favor of building self-esteem, celebrating diversity and saving the planet from everything – patriotism, as a selling tool, is appallingly atypical. Good old fashioned, everyday, love-your-country, bread-and-butter, show-it-proudly patriotism seems to be the exception, not the rule – so much so that when it is employed in an advertising campaign, conservatives take special notice.

(Yes, we “old-fashioned” Constitution-loving, free-market, pro-second-amendment God-fearing types still tend to be moved by such things as waving flags, a military band and George Washington).

At the great Lady Cincinnatus blog (brought to my attention by Proof Positive), there is post called “Commercial of The Year.” It is an ad for the 2010 Dodge Challenger.

It is a must see.

A thought crossed my mind as I watched this spot for the third time.

How many of us can remember when military heroes – recipients of medals, citations, etc – routinely earned space on our hometown newspapers’ front page? It was automatic that those who were recognized for meritorious service while defending the nation would be afforded above-the-fold, page one status.

It was a given.

Recently, I had the opportunity to “rescue” a whole bunch of yellowing Toledo Blade newspapers from the World War II era. (They were being used as insulation in an old farm house owned by my wife’s family). The number of front page stories about local boys who earned various honors on the battlefield were simply too many to count.

What a different time it was.

Today, one is hard pressed to find such recognition except, perhaps, in some very small town publications and local neighborhood papers.

There are many great blogs, however, that pick up the slack.

Thank God for them.

Watching this commercial made me think how, at one time, there was no higher honor – nothing that garnered the respect and admiration from the public at large – than serving in the United States military.

A nation that does not honor and revere its warriors cannot – and does not deserve to – endure.

(Serious stuff just from watching a car ad, eh?)

Now, I’m off to go look at Dodge Challenger.

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WHILE SHOPPING TODAY

Posted by Andrew Roman on September 12, 2009

New York City is as blue as blue can be – politically speaking.

In the very city that suffered the greatest destruction and loss of life during the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 there exists some of the greatest apathy toward the continuing War on Terror you’ll find anywhere. In the city where Obama t-shirts are sold on the corner like dirty-water hot dogs, anti-war buttons are as common as manhole covers, and a gigantic hole still exists where the twin towers used to stand,  conservatism is generally regarded with the same warmth as a painful inner ear infection.

Yet, there are places around the city where there still exist pockets of good old fashioned, unabashed, flag waving patriotism.

Here on Staten Island – the most conservative of New York’s five boroughs – on the front windows of the little market in my neighborhood are these two signs.

It truly did my heart good to see them.

patriotic sign

911 sign

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PATRIOTISM, O-STYLE

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 21, 2009

At the great Vocal Minority website, ETR follows up on a story that both he and I have written about in the past few days – namely, the desecration of the American flag by ardent Obama supporters in the name of patriotism.

My article, Symbolism Matters, touches upon the decline of importance Americans place on the symbols this country holds dear. As I see it, it is a situation that is both sad and infuriating.

ETR’s comments are poignant, direct and spot on.

He writes:

A couple days ago I posted on a Baltimore Sun article that exposed Obama fans parading through Baltimore with American flags with Barack Obama’s face and name on them. I wondered whether these flags, which are illegal, would appear inauguration day in D.C. And sure enough, they did:

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Um, were there any actual American flags at the coronation?

Nice job, ETR.

He also links to Michelle Malkin, who has additional pictures of this new uber-patriotism.

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SYMBOLISM MATTERS

Posted by Andrew Roman on January 20, 2009

red, withe, blue ... and black?

red, white, blue ... and black?

When The One famously said, “I decided I won’t wear that pin in on my chest. Instead, I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great, and hopefully that will be a testament to my patriotism,” he decided that his kind of patriotism did not involve displaying the American flag on his lapel.

His choice.

Of course, within days, he had that pesky little bugger back on his jacket. (Political Expedience 101).

But that was the traditional, everyday, run-of-the-mill American flag – the kind with 13 red and white stripes and fifty stars. (Ho hum). It wasn’t the new American flag – or should I say, the flag of the Obama-Nation – as displayed at a recent rally for Obama in Baltimore. Oh, sure it looked the American flag in many ways. Indeed, it had the stripes, the stars and the familiar red, white and blue color scheme, but it also had the Messiah’s face on it, along with the “O” that has become his trademark symbol. It also had the words “44th president” on it and his inauguration date.

The problem is … it is a violation of US Code to desecrate the American flag, and that is precisely what these enthusiastic supporters have done by adding pictures and words to it. They’ve defaced the flag of their own country.  (I’m guessing most didn’t even know it. More’s the pity).

Specifically, it violates Title 36 of the US Code:

Title 36
§176. Respect for flag.

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor …

(g) The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature.

This isn’t capital murder, obviously.

Can people be prosecuted for it?

No.

Is there a mechanism prescribed by law that allows for the “enforcement” of such violations?

No.

Did I feel the same way when President George W. Bush did the same thing by signing his autograph on American flags?

I did. (Although a case could probably be made that asking the President to sign a hand-held flag is not quite the same as having people willfully and deliberately desecrate the flag with symbols and writing).

But simply because one cannot be arrested for desecrating the American flag does not mean the act is acceptable or should be ignored. Children, for example, cannot be hauled away for cursing at their parents. Adults cannot be locked up for infidelity to their spouses. Both acts, however, are examples of non-arrestable actions that are unacceptable.

But what of the greater issue here?

The American flag is the symbol of our nation … and symbolism matters. It is how we pay tribute and show respect to the values and traditions we hold dear. Having reverence for the symbols that represent our most cherished customs and institutions is a sign of strength and identity. Symbolism matters not just on a personal level – photographs, trinkets, heirlooms – but they matter just as much, if not more, at the national level. To cheapen the symbols of America cheapens our very character, our oneness, our personality, our uniqueness.

These things do matter.

Why desecrate a symbol is you are not intending to desecrate what the symbol represents?

(If that is your intention, so be it. That’s a separate issue. But if the intent is not to demean what the symbol stands for, then how does one justify it? What does that say of the character of the one doing it?)

The idea of respecting symbols is seen by many as just another way of preserving the crotchety antiquated past.  It is also seen as a barrier to those who think “freedom of expression” should always trump the need to respect those things most meaningful to the society as a whole. “It’s how I feel, so I’m gonna do it!” 

Thank you, Age of Narcissism.

Symbols simply mean nothing to many.

I’ve read comments on other blogs that reflect this kind of sad attitude:

bush_signs_flag“It’s just a flag. Get over it.”

“The flag is not America, idiots.”

“This somehow bothers you when innocents are dying in Iraq?”

Comments like these are disappointing – but expected. There are things that should – I say, should – transcend politics.

My point, by the way, is not to imply in any way that the next President had anything to do with these exuberant rally-goers in Baltimore. I don’t think it for a moment.

There are simply many of us who take the desecration of flag seriously … and wish others did too, regardless of what political stripes they wear.

 

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