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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Freedom of Speech?


Does flying an early national flag fall under the First Amendment's right to free speech? These days many people say, that it does not.

Should you buy and fly the Gadsen Flag?
(Fox News) The answer may be "no".
If you Google "Gadsen Flag" you will see a lot of prog images that deface the Gadsen Flag. Apparently the flag offends delicate people who want to see the Constitution replaced with a "living document" that can change with a whim. Clearly there are US politicians who would like to change the law (only as it applies to them) every time it's useful to do so. 

Some prominent Afro-Americans believe that the Gadsen Flag symbolizes enslavement of negroes and the news reference above suggests that if you fly the flag or wear something that conveys the message, you are a racist. I will go so far as to suggest that in the modern context, displaying the flag may also mean that you're Islamophobic, homophobic and maybe even ophidiophobic.
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US Navy Jack
Will it ever become tacitly illegal to fly the Gadsen Flag in America? My sense is that it may. Clearly there are people who are disturbed by history behind the flag. It was flown by patriots in the Revolutionary War that freed America from Britain - so the Brits should hate the flag, but apparently these days they don't. It's not the British, who have the most cause to object, who are angry and crowing.

The US Navy adopted their version of the Gadsen Flag as the first Navy Jack. In 2001 after the terrorist (or workplace violence) attack on the World Trade Center, the Navy began to fly the flag on the jackstaff of warships once again. That practice ended when Barack became president and the War on Terror shifted to become a "Foreign Contingency Operation". Yes, it's clearly Islamophobic.

There is precedent for suppressing this sort of thing. If you recall the IRS Targeting Scandal, the President of the United States directed the Internal Revenue Service to target organizations with "Liberty, Patriot, Freedom", etc. as part of their name. Anyone who advocates Freedom is clearly a racist. The same could be said of somebody who thinks that liberty is important. Those same people are likely Islamophobic as well.

Since the US Tax Code is 78,608 pages long, a canny IRS agent can find SOMETHING that everyone is doing wrong. It becomes the ideal vehicle to use to suppress people who may not agree with the president's "progressive" agenda.

Many Afro-Americans feel that since some members of the Tea Party flew the Gadsen Flag at its rallies, and many Tea Party members were white, the flag is inherently racist.


No longer politically correct.

Flying this flag or displaying this image may constitute micro-aggression

Is there still that phone number at the White House where we can call up and denounce people who are politically incorrect or "fishy" as Barack termed it? Are progs ichthyophobic? When Barack first announced that program, I called the number and ratted out California Senators Feinstein and Boxer but never received the promised payment or tax-exempt status.  Frustrated, I denounced film maker Michael Moore as a person harboring secrets. Still no cash payment from the Obamanation. 




As a post script, I was offended when the progs displayed the Palestinian Flag (the flag of a nation that promotes terrorism) at the Democratic National Convention. News commentators at the time commented that the flag of a terrorist state (run by Hamas - please don't call it Ham-Ass) was politically correct. (War is Peace,  Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength)

10 comments:

  1. I may be wrong, but hasn't the Navy been ordered to fly the rainbow flag?

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  2. Over on the Southeast side of Vegas, we proudly fly the Gadsden flag directly under the Stars and Stripes. As I know you're somewhat familiar with Vegas, you can guess how some of the older residents are reacting to this kind of insanity. I sure would pay to watch my neighbor react if someone ever dared to force him to take it down.

    Having said that, I want to mention my Grandson here as I'm assuming you are aware of an organization called the Devil Pups, tied in with the Marines. Kids are selected to go to Camp Pendelton for a ten day what is in effect a boot camp. They do the 25 foot jump from the tower, run up Old Smokey with full packs and so much more. Marines and Navy personnel volunteer along with ex servicemen and women. to make it work and it is impressive as hell.

    I wanted to mention this because as we worry day to day about the scum that runs this country thanks to the idiocy of the electorate (whether they vote or as many are wont to do, don't) we can also take solace in the fact that there are fine young people out there who take this country and her ideals seriously (thanks to great parenting by the way). So a shout out to the Marines, Navy and our future soldiers and leaders.

    BTW: An Osprey flew right over the drill grounds(we were at the School of Infantry with it's propellers pointed up. Never saw one in flight before. That was way cool.

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    1. We have a grand future if we choose to take that course and young people such as your grandson will have an important part in molding it. I'm sorry that we left them a mess to clean up, but that's history.

      (Ospreys are loud)

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    2. Joseph Brandon, Amen. there are fine young people who give me some hope for the future. I just pray they get their chance.

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  3. They should be treated as they wish to treat others.

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    1. Yes, but if that happens, they howl, "MICRO AGGRESSION", run to their safe space and call MSNBC, which reports on the BLAH-BLAH-BLAH.

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  4. The Iowa flies the Navy Jack.

    Woe betide the person that tries to remove it....

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    1. Expect a Blacklivesmatter march to rip it down and replace it with an ISIS flag...

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  5. We never cared one way or the other about the 'Confederate Flag'. It was a piece of history. Now we have a license plate flag on the front of our truck.
    I see the same happening with this.

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