October 29, 2009

Defacing A Spray Painted Flag Is The Highest Form Of Patriotism
— DrewM

On the upside, at least it wasn't a real flag.

The DNC is using the splattered Old Glory to pick up some change, asking for donations to air the winner of its contest. "[T]o put the winning ad on national television, we'll need folks to chip in and help cover the cost of getting the ad on the air," the DNC says on its my.BarackObama.com Web site, which hosts its Organizing for America campaign program.

"I think that most Americans no matter what their political persuasion is will find this pretty obscene and pretty shocking," said Armstrong Williams, a conservative radio host. Williams said it was a bad message to send for the DNC to give "energy and credibility" to an artist desecrating the flag.

The video made it past a panel of judges "comprised of DNC employees," the site says. All finalists were screened to find "the most apt, creative, original and interesting video" that provides "clarity of message concerning supporting health insurance reform."

Supporters defended the video and said it might strike a chord with Americans who are interested in health care reform.

"I don't really think it's an issue," said Leonard Jacobs, editor of the Clyde Fitch Report. "It's one of 20 videos, and graffiti is protected by the First Amendment. And it's certainly something that might hook up with the way people feel."

Well being able to "hook up with the way people feel" is certainly an admirable goal. And if you have to insult some people along the way, that's really their problem, isn't it.

Obviously this isn't as big of a deal as it would be had it been a real flag but it gets tiresome listening to the terminally hip tell the rest of us how their particular brand of patriotism is authentic and those of us who chose to respect our country in a more traditional way are some how using that respect to substitute for real patriotism.

So overall is this a big story? Probably not, after all like Dennis Green once said, "They're what we thought they were".

The video is below the fold.

Posted by: DrewM at 10:31 AM | Comments (38)
Post contains 376 words, total size 3 kb.

1 well , i guess it's a step up for them from burning and p-ssng on it.

Posted by: ugh-willow at October 29, 2009 10:38 AM (1kwr2)

2 I wish I had the ability to be shocked and offended by these types of things anymore. Pretty sad that it doesn'teven phase me.

Posted by: Alex at October 29, 2009 10:39 AM (M/d1F)

3 I wasn't shocked, just disgusted. Their endless propaganda and acts of desecration have succeeded in beating us down to the point where our sense of outrage is gone. More's the pity.

Posted by: joncelli at October 29, 2009 10:39 AM (RD7QR)

4 I don't know...maybe a similar video using the Shairey Fairy "Hope" poster would be sort of funny...but this definitely reinforces my belief that 2010 ought to be made a national election, in the same style as '94--this would be a natural for inclusion in attack ads.

A master of the bleedin' obvious, I am.

Posted by: Mike James at October 29, 2009 10:42 AM (Ts91r)

5 "It's one of 20 videos, and graffiti is protected by the First Amendment


That is some serious WTF shit there. This requires some research because as stupid as the 5 liberal justices are I can not believe they would uphold the ability to paint obscene slogans on someone else’s property is a “right” enshrined in the Constitution.

Posted by: Vic at October 29, 2009 10:52 AM (CDUiN)

6 and graffiti is protected by the First Amendment.

Uh, what? How is defacing property protected by the first Amendement? I live in an area that is heavily covered with graffiti and i've noticed that the people who say graffiti is no big deal, or that it's "art" are usually people who don't live in areas with graffiti and have no idea what it's like or the type of people it attracts. Or, they're liberals who simply don't want to upset those doing graffiti because that's their base.  And it's not "art", it's just gang members and gangsta wannabes putting their tags on every available surface, it's ugly and it destroys neighborhoods.

Posted by: koopy at October 29, 2009 10:54 AM (OiqCK)


I find no case law in which the Supremes have upheld the creation of graffiti as a protected “right”.

Posted by: Vic at October 29, 2009 11:03 AM (CDUiN)

8 Guerilla art?  Nah!  Blind Gorillas could paint something a lot better.

Posted by: runningrn at October 29, 2009 11:06 AM (qP2BK)

If grafitti is constitutionally protected then I guess police will have to stop arresting those they catch doing it.

Posted by: bulwark at October 29, 2009 11:07 AM (jvrmc)

10 Braaaaaay innn nnnnn

~ clacka clacka clacka sprisshhhhh sprisshhhhhh sprort sport sprishhhhhhhhh ~

nnnsssss ssssssssss ssssssssss    

Posted by: Zombie Keith Haring at October 29, 2009 11:07 AM (ruzrP)


The video made it past a panel of judges "comprised of DNC employees," the site says. All finalists were screened to find "the most apt, creative, original and interesting video" that provides "clarity of message concerning supporting health insurance reform."

I love how the Dems think that being all "edgy" and subversive is going to win people over to their side of teh argument.  I guess they really do think people are that dumb and hate their country.  I think the majority of people in America are patriotic--as evidenced by the fact that the National Anthem is still sung at every major sporting event.  In fact last night, when the Army Sgt. sang "God Bless America" at the World Series, the stadium audience was singing along. 

Posted by: runningrn at October 29, 2009 11:08 AM (qP2BK)

12 The Democratic Party::  Defenders of the great tradition of wanton vandalism.

Posted by: Techie at October 29, 2009 11:11 AM (cxW4X)

13 Paging Rick Monday.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at October 29, 2009 11:15 AM (1hM1d)

"...and graffiti is protected by the First Amendment"

Heh.  I have never heard of the "Clyde Fitch Report", but I would think the DNC is doing a big collective facepalm at reading that stupid defense.

But all in all, I hope the DNC goes with this ad.  Not only will people be turned off by the flag being used as a canvas for an advertisement, but people don't like graffiti in general.  The only people that do are the pretentious white hipsters that live in the cool urban areas that are full of white people.  And they are already in support by default.

Posted by: dan-O at October 29, 2009 11:19 AM (+9Rf8)

15 So, the flag is painted over with cliches and slogans, more and more the flag is covered, "reform now" flashes then heart monitor flat lines and the flag completely blacks out. You know, that video is actually a fairly accurate metaphor of what government healthcare "reform" will do to this country. That's the thing about art. The left sees this as a masterpiece call to arms and I see it as a tragic fall of a great union. Same work... two impressions.

Posted by: 2549 at October 29, 2009 11:26 AM (WYkJI)

16 What is this flag thing?  I've never heard of it!  Probably something better left to the cables.

Posted by: Charles Gibson at October 29, 2009 11:28 AM (qP2BK)


Man, you know, I voted for Obama and all, but lately, I've been feeling kinda down on how BORING all of this politics-stuff really is.  Bladda-bladda, lots of people talking and using fancy words and yelling, but not doing really much...


But then I saw this ad, with a dude making all these wicked patriotic-looking tags, and I couldn't really read any of it, but the very end it told me that we need HealthCare.  I haven't really been listening (BORING!) to any of that noise, but wow.  This video really reached out to me.  Like it was saying, "Hey, brah.  We need HealthCare Reform."

So yeah.  Now, I'm all into getting us some of that Healthcare Reform.  I mean, why wouldn't anybody want it?  I keep hearing about how it'd be free.  Free!

Posted by: random member of the 52% at October 29, 2009 11:33 AM (sPO/s)

18 No more obscene a display than Obama saluting

Posted by: djarnold at October 29, 2009 11:33 AM (zTMpb)

19 At least the "artist" was to stupid to actually draw a correct flag.  But, I suppose it is the thought that counts.

- arrow

Posted by: arrow at October 29, 2009 11:35 AM (Hn+fs)

20 18 -- heh, yeah I noticed that this morning...but will comment no further; trying to keep my blood pressure nice and healthy.

Posted by: unknown jane at October 29, 2009 11:36 AM (5/yRG)


I must throw this ad under the bus.

Under closer scrutiny, there were only 50 stars.  I'm sure those other seven states would be all wee-wee'd up over getting left off.

Posted by: Barack Obama at October 29, 2009 11:37 AM (sPO/s)

22 These kids who did the flag must have known me in a previous life.

Posted by: Grumpy Old Carter at October 29, 2009 11:40 AM (4FkTt)

23 But burn a "gay pride" flag and you go to jail for a hate crime.

Posted by: crosspatch at October 29, 2009 11:41 AM (ZbLJZ)


arrow, he isn't that off.  I pause and count thirteen bars (red top & bottom), and 50 stars.  Their placement is off (solid rows, not diagonals), and the proportions, but that's almost into the realm of nit-picking.

I mean, its better than what I would expect if there had ever been a JayWalking segment where people were asked to draw the flag from memory.

Posted by: reason at October 29, 2009 11:45 AM (sPO/s)

25 This is the DNC I thought I knew!

Posted by: somejoe at October 29, 2009 11:45 AM (KeHPo)

26 This pretty much sums up the morality of the democratic party. Fuck them, do they not have any sympathy for the fallen?  And what the fuck was with Odumbass showing up for the photo op at Dover He is a fucking disgrace and his wife Chewbacca has a big ass. Suck on that ass Kurt

Posted by: Todd ( guy who is a veteren) at October 29, 2009 11:51 AM (LLOGQ)

27 re:  Obama @ Dover - now we know why there was such a big push to start letting the press in again.

Posted by: reason at October 29, 2009 11:53 AM (sPO/s)

28 reason ...

The bar placement is wrong via the size of the blue section as well.  If you take the time to make this (as a technical problem) I figure you should be smart enough to do it correctly.  Of course the average American is smart enough to respect our flag.  But, smart and democrat really doesn't go together.

- arrow

Posted by: arrow at October 29, 2009 11:54 AM (Hn+fs)

29 If you do not name evil, you cannot fight it.

Posted by: J at October 29, 2009 11:55 AM (T3/qP)

30 Remember a couple of weeks ago how we were unpatriotic for laughing about Empty Suit, Clown Suit, and Oprah failing to close the Olympics deal?

Posted by: The Big Whoop at October 29, 2009 12:20 PM (xxgag)

31 It doesn't hit me like someone burning a flag would, but it is irritating, and shows just how kooky they are that they think this is something that will resonate in a positive way with the vast majority of people out there.

Posted by: RM at October 29, 2009 12:22 PM (GkYyh)


Grrrrr - when I think of those who gave all, and then think of trash like this,....

Let's see; Texas - check, Oklahoma - check, Kansas - check, Nebraska - maybe, New Mexico - again maybe, Arizona - check, Montana - check, Wyoming - check, Idaho - check, Alaska - check. Sounds like the beginnings of a pretty good republic to me.

Posted by: teej at October 29, 2009 12:25 PM (QdUKm)

33 "hook up with the way people feel" 

Yeah, in a couple years when the way people feel is to show you and your traitorous sort to a backstop and ventilate you for your many sins, then I suppose you'll want your dissent to be "the highest form of patriotism" again, huh? Fuck you people and your double standards. I dissent now against you and your kind, you pieces of shit. My grandfathers were buried under that flag. My friends have been buried under that flag. With luck, I will be too, assuming anyone's left to do it.

Posted by: SGT Dan at October 29, 2009 01:05 PM (TtDnm)

34 Me punching flag desecrating assholes as hard as I can in the mouth, is just me exercising my freedom of expression.

Posted by: Unclefacts, Summoner of Bacons, and the Odd Meteor at October 29, 2009 01:30 PM (erIg9)

Posted by: sunglass at March 28, 2010 10:28 PM (dkJek)

36 Men and women when diamond, important stones, gold and platinum had been a common metals to discover the model of tiffany. They are funky, wise indeed secure in these imitation tiffany jewelry

Posted by: herman198 at March 14, 2011 09:20 PM (bUUy/)

37 Well done, thak you for your great posts, i learned more from here.

Posted by: ipod to mac at April 14, 2011 07:19 AM (ecKmC)

38  <a href="http://vangoghpainting.bokee.com">vangoghpainting</a> <a href="http://dutcharter.bokee.com">dutcharter</a> <a href="http://impressionistoil.bokee.com/">impressionistoil</a> <a href="http://frencharter.bokee.com/">frencharter</a> <a href="http://academicarter.bokee.com/">academicarter</a>

Posted by: oilpaintingart at May 19, 2011 01:56 AM (l2FKg)

Hide Comments | Add Comment

Comments are disabled. Post is locked.
90kb generated in CPU 0.27, elapsed 1.3817 seconds.
62 queries taking 1.3147 seconds, 274 records returned.
Powered by Minx 1.1.6c-pink.