Monday, July 03, 2006

Liberal Traitors: Stop Burning American Flags

by Michael Gregory Steele and Herman B. Hayes

As anyone who actually loves America knows, tomorrow is the day that we celebrate Independence Day. Those of a more progressive persuasion will no doubt use this day to mail out care packages to insurgents in Iraq and plot the general overthrow of our government. I on the other hand, think I’ll spend my day welling up with patriotic pride as I grill hot dogs on my perfectly manicured lawn.

I’m proud of this country because I can look to all the progress we’ve made in this War on Terror and in the spreading of our shared American values across the globe. I love this country, and anyone who reads this blog knows this. Despite the great progress we’ve made abroad though, there’s still a lot of work to be done here at home.

Just yesterday I was in the basement of my home searching for an especially large flag to hang on my front door. As soon as I found it though a very real sadness came over me. I clutched that oversized Old Glory in my masculine hands as if it were a child rescued from a fire. And in fact, this flag has been pulled from flames as real as the fires of Hell that all liberals will experience in the afterlife.

For I know that if this flag were in the hands of a liberal it would not be treated with the same level of respect that I treat it with. There is no telling how they would choose to disrespect and desecrate our flag before ultimately incinerating it and urinating on the ashes. Liberals love to burn American flags, and that’s a fact.

We came very close to having an amendment passed that could protect that flag that I cradled in my arms yesterday from such harm. But alas, some politicians in Washington don’t think our flag is even worth protecting:
The Senate by a single vote Tuesday rejected a proposed constitutional amendment to ban desecrating the American flag.
Now, this amendment isn’t some naked political move on the part of a few Senators trying to appeal to people with more patriotism than Constitutional understanding. I mean, what was the Constitution written for anyway if not to silence unpopular speech? Those who voted against this amendment simply aren’t interested in protecting freedom.

It is little consolation to me that some of these Senate Democrats who voted against this will pay a heavy political price during the November elections. I mean the “Candidate X is a traitor who supports flag burning and therefore hates God” campaign ads practically write themselves. No, this goes beyond partisan politics. If you burn a flag you hurt America in a very real way and not just symbolically. America simply isn’t strong enough to fight a War on Terror and have people complain about it in such extreme ways at the same time.

Look, I understand that tomorrow is a day of mourning for liberals and all others who hate this country. I have a simple request though. Tomorrow for once in your pathetic sinful and meaningless liberal lives could you resist burning an American flag? Just for one day could you pretend you actually care about this country just a little bit? I realize this is as likely as one of you liberals actually reading the Bible, but I have to ask for America’s sake.

72 Comments:

At July 03, 2006 3:48 PM, Blogger Angry Chad said...

The amendment didn't pass because it was too vague. If it were to have passed, those crafty Liberals would no doubt have started printing slight variations on the flag, which *would* be legal to burn. A new amendment proposal must be drafted; one that insures that anything with a star or stripe on it will be illegal to burn, punishable by death.

 
At July 03, 2006 8:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"United We Stand".... Well, not if you have anything to say about it, eh? Have you spit on a liberal today? The hate you spew is really rather sad. Who do you havte more, Al Queda or liberals? While you weep that symbolic speech, which is one of the speeches protected by our 1st Amendment, is protected, maybe you should let your Congressman know that he is more concerned about a symbol while abandoning the people by rejecting a raise in the minimum for the seventh year in a row!

 
At July 03, 2006 8:31 PM, Anonymous Angry Redstate American said...

Why do so many Americans HATE AMERICA!!!!!! The flag is made of cloth....It signifies all that is great about AMERICA!! THE FLAG IS THE FABRIC OF THIS COUNTRY!!!!!! Unlike the constitution--and according to our FEARLESS LEADER,OUR PRESIDENT,the constitution is ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER!!! Thus not made of cloth. Therefore the constitution doesn't represent the values of AMERICA AT ALL!!!! ZILCH!!!!OUR FLAG IS WHAT SETS US APART FROM OTHER NATIONS!!!WHY IS IT NOT SO SIMPLE FOR OTHERS TO UNDERSTAND THIS???? God Bless America!!!!!!

 
At July 03, 2006 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr. Steele,
"I mean, what was the Constitution written for anyway if not to silence unpopular speech?" Is this what you meant or is that a typo?

 
At July 03, 2006 8:50 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

chad: Your argument is flawed for one reason -- altering the appearence of the flag does not make it any less sacred.

Is the American flag sticker on the back of my car with the words "God Bless America" written across it any less sacred than the one flying in front of the White House? I think not.

anonymous: Let's not argue semantics here. I suppose there's some subtle distinction between the group responsible for 9-11 (Al Queda) and those who coddle and enable them (Liberals) but I prefer to call them both terrorists.

 
At July 03, 2006 8:52 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

angry redsate american: Not only do I like your name, but I also like your appropriate use of all CAPS to emphasize your point. Well put, sir.

anonymous #2: You fail to understand the point I've made and assume that I've misspoken. Typical liberal arrogance.

 
At July 03, 2006 10:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please - someone tell me how to properly dispose of mail that has the flag stamp on it.

I don't want to burn it, of course.

Do I shred it? Bury it?

Just makes me sick that the Post Office actually put a cancellation mark on the flag.

 
At July 03, 2006 10:41 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous #3: You would dispose of this as you would an unserviceable flag. Since you are obviously not as well versed in the Flag Code as I am allow me to share this with you:

when a flag has served its useful purpose, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning

So burn your letters, it's that simple.

 
At July 04, 2006 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike,
You are an idiot, a flag waving ignoramous. Did you know that your government is the one committing all the terrorism. Get a grip and get a clue, the U.S. is the biggest perpetrator of terrorism in the world, and the biggest threat to humanity. We subvert democratically elected governments for dictatorships all over the world. Are you really proud of that? So wave that flag high while your government commits genocide in Iraq and Afghanistan, while leaving your children and their children in debt for years to come. Wake up Kook!From an informed citizen and a true patriot.

 
At July 04, 2006 12:58 AM, Blogger Liberal Liberator said...

Justice Scalia agreed with a majority of the Court in United States v. Eichman that burning the flag was permitted within the meaning of the 1st Amendment. He has said, and I agree that, the people who burn the flag are deplorable.

However, it should be remembered, that this amendment indends to overturn Justice Scalia's vote. The reasonable among us must acknowledge that there is room for disagreement. While Justice Scalia, and I, may in principle agree with the proposed amendment, it must also be acknowledged that opposition to it is not un-American.

That being said, it must be noted that Justice Scalia is not monolithically-conservative as many from both sides presume, see, Gonzales v. Raich...

 
At July 04, 2006 3:58 AM, Blogger KEvron said...

i've got the flag concession at a berkeley street fair tomorrow. i stand to make a fortune! but i pulled a fast one on those tree huggers: "made in china"! boy, am i gonna stick it to them....

KEvron

 
At July 04, 2006 8:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello people, this was a PARODY (look it up if you don't know what that means) and a pretty funny one at that.
Not all of us are right wing fundamentalist christians incapable of seeing anything in terms of reason and sanity.
I guess it must be comforting in a bizarre sort of way to see everything in black and white, us versus them, but some of us actually live in the REAL world.

 
At July 04, 2006 9:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article is a JOKE. It is supposed to be poking fun at the Conservatives. I am old American "Blueblood". I beleive in flag burning myself and have burnt a few in my time to good effect. It's free speech.

 
At July 04, 2006 9:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

" The hate you spew is really rather sad. Who do you havte more, Al Queda or liberals?"
I had to laugh the other day when a conservative was on the radio extolling why we need to be and stay in Iraq. He went on about how dangerious it was to have religious conservative controlled government and how we needed to stay until Iraq had a stable liberal government......make one wonder why thay don't have the same common sense over here in the USA

 
At July 04, 2006 9:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like this country and don't want to respect our flag and what this country stands for, move. Go to Iraq and do all the things you want to do to us. You can be taken care of the same as we are taking care of them. I am so sick and tired of all this liberal crap. That is why our kids are shooting and killing each other, just to get everything they want, because that is what they have been taught. Just take ,take, take. I want it so I can take it. Just leave my flag alone. Dispose of it properly, and that's to burn it in a ceremony. I have just as much right to believe my way as you do your way. If it wasn't for all you liberals the world wouldn't be in the shape it's in today. God gave us the right to use common sense. Where is yours? Thanks for giving me the opportunity to say what I think. Now all the liberals can run me down if they like. I don't care. Just leave my country alone, and leave.

 
At July 04, 2006 10:21 AM, Anonymous LindaLee said...

Stop with the divisive rightwing bulloney. If you persist in insulting Liberals with false statements I will stop looking at this site. Lying shock journalism should be banned. How about that idea?

 
At July 04, 2006 10:41 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

liberal liberator: Thanks for sharing. No really, thanks.

kevronius: Given the fact that your picture is an upside down American flag I doubt you'll be "sticking it to" any tree huggers unless you meant that in the Biblical sense.

 
At July 04, 2006 10:48 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous:
If you don't like this country and don't want to respect our flag and what this country stands for, move.

Absolutely! If you're not willing to agree with everything this country does then you're dead weight. Get lost, you're emboldening the enemy!

Also, the fact that you're suggesting that liberals try to find themselves in the middle of the war zone in Iraq so our soldiers can shoot them... masterful. Well played, sir.

 
At July 04, 2006 10:50 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

lindalee: So you're a liberal whose threatening to not come back to this blog. Is this supposed to frighten me?

You really don't know me very well, do you?

 
At July 04, 2006 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This really doesn't have much to do with being 'liberal' or 'conservative', this is mainly due to one's level of education. Everyone who has taken at least one decent American History class learned that the Constitution, although a piece of paper (angryredstate) separates and identifies us as Americans much more than any flag. And the founding fathers created it to protect freedom- (freedom of expression, freedom of protest, and freedom to disagree with your government without fear of retribution speciffically) because this kind of inane law passing over riduclous so-called 'unloyalty' is precisely what drove people from Great Britain in the first place. So to all you people who think that buring a flag should be outlawed, you are not the patriotic ones- the patriotic ones are the people fighting this administration to keep our freedoms.

 
At July 04, 2006 11:28 AM, Blogger justthefacts_1 said...

Republicans are just plain out of their mind!!!!!!!

First, I am an independant! So don't go trying to throw your hate at me because I am not a "Liberal".

You people are so full of Sh&t that I would laugh if it was not about America.

You are more worried about a flag than you are our own Constitution. You believe that this president is the savior and that there is nothing that he can do that is wrong.

Let me enlighten you!!!!

This president is the WORST President in this nations history, and probably ever will have! He is destroying our Constitution, but hey as long as he tells you what you want to hear that's OK! You lemmings are pathetic! We are being spied upon by our own government, and the Constitution is almost in the garbage. We torcher, rendition, kill, and many other non-American things under this president but you do nothing.

You are no worse than the Nazi's! You have probably not even served in our countries military, as most people like you have not, and yet you still have the right to spew your hate. This is thanks to the brave men and women who do serve, and I would rather you just say thank you and shut the HELL up!

I am so tired of Republicans spewing their hatred. You people need to have that large pole removed from your ass so you are not so angry. This country is in the toilet because of your party! When the Democrates are in charge we generally have a surpluss of money, but when the "Fiscally Responsible" Republicans are in charge we have some of the largest debts this country has seen.

You people need to start worrying about the real issues! Like the Constitution!

I hope that one day you, or your family, finds themselves in one of those Consentration camps the government is building and you have no way to fight it, perhaps then you will see what the real issues are.

You whine about the stupid Sh*t, rather than worrying about the country. All you think about is yourselfs, and whats good for you!

This is not America's values! "We the people" is not "Me".

Grow up!

Here is an example of what I am talking about:

"the constitution is ONLY A PIECE OF PAPER!!! Thus not made of cloth. Therefore the constitution doesn't represent the values of AMERICA AT ALL!!!!"

This MORON has more care of the flag than of the Constitution, which is what makes this country not the flag.

IDIOTS, all of you!

 
At July 04, 2006 11:40 AM, Blogger justthefacts_1 said...

Michael Gregory Steele, have you ever served in the millitary?

My guess would be NO! Most flag waving, traitor spouting nonsense usually comes from people who have no idea what it is like to offer their life for their country.

People like me served because we have pride in our country and wanted to do more than say we are patriots and wrap ourselves in the flag. We actually show our support for our country and give our support some meaning.

You cowards on the otherhand use a symbol of freedom to spout your BS. This is how you can spot a coward, versus a real hero. Someone who knows what this country is really worth and is ready and WILLING to fight for her.

"Absolutely! If you're not willing to agree with everything this country does then you're dead weight. Get lost, you're emboldening the enemy!"

Just so you know.....

America is still, at least partially, a free country. The Constitution, the real symbol of our country, provides us with this freedom. Your comment above shows your ingnorance and stupidity. Here is the constitution, I suggest you read it as your non-American Nazi spewing hatred is sickening!

http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html

Amendment I - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791. Note

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Amendment IV - Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

 
At July 04, 2006 11:42 AM, Anonymous James said...

I've got an idea! How about all of us who truly support the country run around our respective cities waving around American flags and screaming 'USA! USA! USA!' into megaphones? I've got mine right here. Do you?

 
At July 04, 2006 12:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love my county. I love the American flag. I love christian values, the ones I have the right to believe in, I don't peticularly care for the fact that Corporations consider themselves a person and aren't. That Corporations are shaping Amersica by putting money as a god. Liberal, means to be fair to all. To give consideration to the kid who is missing a limb from fighting a war, to the one who didn't have to go to war cause his daddy payed his way out. The flag is not the issue. The people are! Individuals who breath and try to pay the outrageous cost of living. You are creating sensationalism.

 
At July 04, 2006 1:22 PM, Blogger look in the mirror said...

Our anthem ends by asking, "Oh say does that starspangled banner yet wave, over the land of the FREE and the home of the brave?" Our flag is a symbol of a Great and Free country. That means if someone feels we are headed in the wrong direction, we can speak out without fear of government reprisal. Now groups are trying to curtail that freedom. They may not be desecrating our flag but they are desecrating our beliefs and ideals that the flag represents. Once we take away the ideals that makes our country a great country, then an empty symbol really doesn't mean much. I would rather have flagburners who care about our country than people who are willing to "burn" my rights as an American

 
At July 04, 2006 1:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the flag. What makes America so great is the you CAN burn the flag.

 
At July 04, 2006 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought we settled this issue during the Bush - Dukakis Presidential debate. Haven't we moved on to more important topics like why Gays shouldn't be allowed to marry, why George is the most Chrisitan President ever, and - of course - the imporantance of getting illegal Mexicans out of our fair country. Of course, someone has to build that wall - what an ingenious idea that one is, huh? But who will build the wall.....Hmmmm........I got it - the illegal immigrants seem to work for peanuts!! Let's pay them to do it!!!!

 
At July 04, 2006 2:43 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

"Given the fact that your picture is an upside down American flag"

oh, that? i'm currently blogging from australia, that's what that is....

KEvron

 
At July 04, 2006 2:49 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

"You really don't know me very well, do you?"

i bet you get a lot of mileage outta that one!

KEvron

 
At July 04, 2006 3:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Mr. Knowseverything, I consider myself a liberal, but I wouldn't waste my time burning a flag just to get you all worked up. There are more reasons to be angry with the way our government controls this country than one could discuss in one simple post. Are you uneducated, or do you simply choose to ignore the fact that our govt. profits every day off of cramming alcohol and tobacco down Americans throats (which by the way are both included in the top 3 causes of death). Hey, but drink responsibly. Right. What about 9/11? You think the general media was allowed to report what really happened? Enlighten yourselves. I smoke marijuana everyday, and I don't drink, don't smoke tobacco, nor do I believe in all these prescription drugs which by the way kill thousands each year. But I suppose I'm going to hell for choosing to smoke marijuana instead of eating the pills the FDA says are ok for me. Fact: deaths caused directly from smoking marijuana - 0. Deaths caused from alcohol, tobacco and other prescription drugs - who knows the number grows every day. Oh yeah, who gave the government the right to decide which drugs are ok to take? From a religous standpoint, how can you tell me that I'm going to hell for doing one of the only natural substances known to man, but on the other hand if I'm anxious or in pain I can take xanax or oxycontin, which are "legal", and go kill myself. Read up on the dangers and side effects of all these prescription drugs. They pale in comparison to marijuana. Alcohol doesn't grow out of the ground. Neither does xanax or oxycontin. But they do kill people. The fact is, America only knows what the white house tells the general media they can tell the general public, with the exeption of the few "flag-burning liberals" who go beyond general media or the government the get the TRUTH. By the way, I dont burn flags, and I am ASHAMED at Bush and our govt. as a whole.

P.S. What about the short guy in Nebraska who avoided 10 years in prison because he was to small to defend himself. The little girl he repeatedly raped couldn't defend herself. What the hell kind of judicial system is that? Makes me real proud of our govt. Now I'm saying to you : If you aren't angered at these injustices our govt. brings down on us everyday, then you sir, are going to hell.

By the way, ducks can't walk without bobbing their heads.

 
At July 04, 2006 3:46 PM, Blogger seanaddison said...

To anonymous - try living in the uk, the liberals have taken over, being proud off flag country & history are no longer allowed. My kids are taught the history off musilims but not their own. No world war history, no how we stand up for what we belive in,proud to be english proud to call americans my friends. I would just be another ameican state then be an european thats why I am emigrating from the country I love.Just get Bush to let me & my family in and I would be happy

 
At July 04, 2006 3:54 PM, Anonymous moe said...

Just The Facts 1: The facts are that you are just a Liberaal. Admit it. Traitor!

 
At July 04, 2006 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who was it who said, "You can never go broke underestimating the stupidity of the American people"?

Mark Twain? P.T. Barnum?

 
At July 04, 2006 4:36 PM, Blogger justthefacts_1 said...

"At July 04, 2006 3:54 PM, moe said...

Just The Facts 1: The facts are that you are just a Liberaal. Admit it. Traitor!"

WOW! A great rebuttle.

You must be a Rebulican?

Just a bunch of hatered and no facts to support your stance.

WHA WHA WHA!

 
At July 04, 2006 4:59 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

KEvronius Oh, you're in Australia, that explains the upside down flag. Forgive me for the misunderstanding, it seems that sometimes things aren't always as they originally seem.

idiots (all): Wow, you liberals have really impressed me with this spirited discussion. For those of you who are confused by the irrelevant mentions of drugs, alcohol, war and illegal immigration I would like to remind everyone that this post is about flag burning.

You liberals can't even stay on topic for long enough to write a simple comment to a blog. You've all brought me to whole new levels of disgust.

 
At July 04, 2006 5:11 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

"it seems that sometimes things aren't always as they originally seem."

a wink's as good as a nudge to a blind patriot.

KEvron

 
At July 04, 2006 5:15 PM, Blogger justthefacts_1 said...

"You liberals can't even stay on topic for long enough to write a simple comment to a blog. You've all brought me to whole new levels of disgust."

Typical Republican answer when they can't rebute the claims.

For your information Mr. Not Educated, Flag Burning is related to the Constitution and therefore any examples brought about in the debate is related.

That's your problem...... You, like most Republicans, have blinders on and only see what you want.

Perhaps you would care to debate? OH! I forgot..... The Republicans don't debate, they call names and attack the other person.

So do you want to have an Attack convesation? I'm open for either, though I would rather have a debate.

My millitary background does not allow me to back down, but I'm guessing that you can't say the same thing!

 
At July 04, 2006 5:28 PM, Anonymous Thomas Paine said...

"I’m proud of this country because I can look to all the progress we’ve made in this War on Terror and in the spreading of our shared American values across the globe."

You are an Un-American shitbag. You are also delusional. What kind of value have Bushco spread around the world? Torture, secret detentions, illegal invasions, raping a 15 year old Iraqi girl, then killing her and her family, slaying civilians in their beds in Haditha, illegal wiretaps, using the Constitution like it was toilet paper....it goes on and on. We've turned Iraq into a terrorists playground, cropped the ball on Afghanistan and Bin Lauden, and made America less safe as a result. Now the rest of the world, including our Brit allies, according to a new poll in the UK, see America as "Violent, Money-Hungry, Uncultured Nation With Incompetent Leaders"

Happy Independence Day.....

 
At July 04, 2006 6:47 PM, Blogger Laura said...

OKay, you've talked me out of it. I had great plans for a small flag-burning tonight, but you've made me see the errors of my ways. I'll postpone it until after the Fourth!
I'll just go down and desecrate the Ten Commandments on the courthouse lawn instead.
Thanks for keeping us straight!
P.S. I think I love you!

 
At July 04, 2006 11:05 PM, Anonymous moe said...

Just The Facts 1, Listen here. Republicans love this country. So we love the flag more than anything else. Liberals don't love the flag that much. The opposite of a Conservative is a Liberal. You are the opposite of a Conservative. You sir, are a Liberal. Admit it There is no gray area in the Red, White and Blue.

 
At July 04, 2006 11:17 PM, Anonymous Bilbo Bloggins said...

I kept my American flags locked up today (Jul 4th) rather than display them proudly in my super-patriot fashion because I was afraid a liberal would sneak up and burn it while I wasn't guarding it with my automatic weapon. Their hatred of America is exceeded only by their deviousness.

For all of you who write and tell the dissenters to leave the country if they disagree with the president, welcome back. I missed all of you, who no-doubt left during the Clinton years, in keeping with your if-you-don't-like-it-then-leave standard. (I mean, otherwise it'd kinda be like hypocrisy...)

Was the weather good there? Now that you're back, we can all combine efforts to shout down everyone that dares to have an opinion contrary to our own, which is perfect in every way.

 
At July 04, 2006 11:41 PM, Blogger justthefacts_1 said...

moe your an IDIOT!

I know what I am and it is just like a Repulican to try and tell someone else what they should think and be.

"So we love the flag more than anything else. Liberals don't love the flag that much."

Really???? HAVE YOU SERVED IN THE MILLITARY??? Probably NOT! I have because I love my country, and with that the American Flag.

However, the flag is only a symbol that represents our freedom and if the flag can't be burned then we don't have any freedom.

So you don't wish to be free????

Of course you don't your a REPUBLICAN! You prefer to be led around by the collar like a lemming.

That's the difference between a Republican and a Democrate and an Independant. The latter 2 can think on their own, where the Republicans are lost if they don't have someone telling them what to say and think.

 
At July 05, 2006 12:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You liberals have brought me to all new levels of disgust". You're biggest arguement or response is name calling? This discussion is about you "conservatives" loving our government so much and hating us "liberals" for choosing not to ignore the the truth. You say they're great, so I pointed out things that are definately not great. Could keep goin all night too. The fact is that every part of our government has it's priorities extremely mixed up. Until I see the day where my tax dollars don't contribute to a convicted murderer like Scott Peterson having his own private gym, inaccessable by any other inmate, soley to protect him (a convicted baby killer) from other inmates wanting to harm him, you can consider me a liberal. Our money feeds and shelters this man, and his gym is nicer than any I'll ever own.

 
At July 05, 2006 12:25 AM, Anonymous Bilbo Bloggins said...

This is rare for me, a two posts to a blog site in one day. Must be the patriotic vapors I've been overcome by today.

As much as I enjoy all things Right-wing, the picture at the top of this article outraged me. I know, outrage is in ready supply as a conservative, but honestly - the photo of Old Glory on fire was too much. Being super-patriotic, I thought of gouging out my eyes to get rid of the sight of it, but settled for knocking myself unconscious with a hammer in order to remove the disgraceful image from my view. 30 minutes of sweet relief...

In addition to actual burning, photos of flags on fire should also be against the law, thoughts of flags on fire, and any of a number of variations on that theme. Prison time is too lax for this offence: We need to consider capital punishment, which can hereafter be referred to as a "final solution" (catchy term, in keeping with the short and memorable right-wing slogans). After all, that's what brave people have fought and died for, so we can kill all those who express themselves in a way we don't like. And I know this from my own opinion, being distrustful of facts, which are notoriously liberal.

I heard that FOUR flags were burned last year, so where does the madness stop? What if we can't get more from China?

Ahh, my anger is almost at a stage where I feel like jumping in a voting booth and pulling the leverl for whoever the GOP tells me to. I'll ride this wave of frothing hostility for awhile longer, until they give me a new topic to get angered over. Just another reason why conservatives are superior to all other life forms - we never run out of new things to hate.

By the way, whoever this Moe character is, he's wonderful. And I mean that in a confidently heterosexual way. His logic is so simple for me to grasp, and I know simple. Much better to see the world in easy black & white, rather the complexity of all those elitist liberals with their 3-digit IQ's. That's also why I now stereotype everone, and listen to talk radio - it's so simple.

 
At July 05, 2006 1:30 AM, Anonymous GOP Kinda Guy said...

This Just The Facts 1 character is getting on my nerves....He continues mentioning his military service as if that means something. You're in REPUBLICAN TERRITORY NOW SON! Military service is for those less fortunate. Have you ever compared how many Republicans have served vs Democrats? Democrats are known to come from the unwashed walks of life. Wouldn't you admit that military service isn't a prerequisite to greater things? Let's see....Frist,Cheney,Delay need I go on?!Pardon my language Mr Steele,but this Just The Facts 1 moron needs to GO PHUCK HIMSELF.

 
At July 05, 2006 1:42 AM, Anonymous Mike L. Savage said...

I find this blog to be most disturbing. Every subject and post is filled with such HATE!!! After reading this blog,I'm going to cleanse my soul by giving myself a coffee enema........ Mike Liberal Savage

 
At July 05, 2006 3:53 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

bilbo bloggins: While I like the way you think, my choice of this image was very intentional. I was afraid that the level of righteous indignation among my followers was a little too low. This was my easy solution to that problem.

justliberalpropaganda_1: Who said this was a place for debate? That is your misstaken assumption. I never ONCE said that anything I said should be debated or questioned.

 
At July 05, 2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous liberal idiot #483: Thanks for dissproving my point that liberals are incapable of staying on topic by bringing up Scott Peterson. How many flags has his burned in his lifetime again?

bilbo bloggins: 4 flags were burned last year?? Wow, the problem is much more widespread than I originally thought. Thanks for providing me with this figure.

 
At July 05, 2006 4:02 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

laura: That's what I do. I save America one flag at a time. I wish I had a solution to your infatuation for me, but unfortunately that feeling is unlikely to fade.

GOP Kinda Guy: Well put, you're a true patriot so much so that I will forgive the vulgar language you chose to express yourself with.

 
At July 05, 2006 5:54 PM, Anonymous moe said...

justthefacts 1, How dare you challenge my service record. The only gray part of the Red, White, and Blue, are the cinders that remain after you liberals are through burning it. You have insulted me, liberal. I will read your comments no more.

 
At July 05, 2006 7:57 PM, Blogger justthefacts_1 said...

"Wouldn't you admit that military service isn't a prerequisite to greater things? Let's see....Frist,Cheney,Delay need I go on?"

No only being an ASSWHOLE is for Republicans......

You made my case for me in your very post.

"You have insulted me, liberal. I will read your comments no more."

Typical Republican..... WHA WHA WHA.

Throw fecies around and cry when you don't get your way. That's why our country is in the shitter!

Cause you peices of Sh*t's are the biggest HYPOCRITES this world has ever seen.

Smaller government my ASS. The largest government in our nations history.

Fiscally responsible my ASS. The largest deficit in our nations 230 years.

You people suck at what you say you stand for and can't even defend it, so you have to create NON-ISSUE things to present to try and cover up your screw ups.

The Democrates are not that great either, but to pick the lesser of 2 evils is picking the Democrates. At least they can ballance a budget and provide oversight like they are suppose to.

You loosers can't even do what Congress is suppose to. You can't get ANYTHING done in a Senate, House, and WH controlled by Republicans. Not one thing, other than the Birth Tax, has been accomplished. By the way.....

Thanks for making every child born oweing $30,000 when they are born.

YOU SUCK!

 
At July 05, 2006 9:09 PM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

justthefacts_1: I really don't remember installing a soapbox on this blog for idiots to climb on top of. Well, needless to say I've given you countless chances to make a point and you've failed everytime. Don't be surprised if this is the last comment of yours that doesn't get censored.

I would like to address this "Birth Tax" you mentioned in your latest post. Perhaps you've referred to original sin? To my knowledge Republicans have not been able to do away with this through the legislative process.

 
At July 05, 2006 11:40 PM, Blogger KEvron said...

genuinely lmao! fish on!

don't feel compelled to post this if your feel it may cause the fish to jump the hook.

KEvron

 
At July 06, 2006 12:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appear to have arrived a little late, but I have to say, excellent post! It brought everyone together in a nice melting-pot kind of way. Sort of an angry national stew, with the meat fighting the potatos and the vegetable broth saying "Can't we all just get along?" And Mr. Steele just sits back, gleefully rubs his hands together, and whispers his best C. Montgomery Burns..."Excellent!" Yep, good ole' flag burning. Bringing far right and far left together for many long years to shout names and insults at one another. As for me, I'm a proud liberal who believes in our Constitutional right to free speech, which includes our right to protest in whatever way we see fit. So long as it does no bodily harm to others. And hurt feelings don't count, I'm afraid. You may say that I'm a liberal scumbag who "hates America" and I'd say I have to disagree. I love America and I believe in our Constitution and the great, unrealized potential of our nation. The flag is, above all, a symbol of the nation, not the nation itself. As a symbol, it can be claimed by all Americans, not simply by those who would wrap themselves in it as though it were some magic blanket that can hide our national flaws. As though it could really hide the failures of the current presidency and Congress, in particular. I don't believe that burning a flag is something that should be undertaken lightly, as it's SYMBOLICALLY powerful, but there are plenty of other issues at hand that require our national attention. I could list them, but hey...talking about flag-burning has taken all my time.

 
At July 06, 2006 2:07 PM, Anonymous Paladin said...

How did you come up with th correlation that Burning an American Flag = Hating GOD.
America is not God

“Candidate X is a traitor who supports flag burning and therefore hates God” campaign ads practically write themselves.

 
At July 06, 2006 8:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh...I get it! This blog is just putting us all on.

But the satire is a little too subtle guys. Some people may actually think you're serious. They might actually think that this is all a load of real conservative right wing extremist horseshit rather than the brilliant send up that it really is.

I really feel sorry for the Limbaugh fruitcakes and wacked out fascists who land here expecting to find real conservative thinking.

Boy...did you put them on!!!!

 
At July 16, 2006 11:24 AM, Blogger Michael Gregory Steele said...

anonymous (the obnoxiously verbose one): Thanks for the unsolicited analysis of these comments. Why don't you bring your writer's notebook to my house and maybe you can offer up more brilliant analysis as you watch me take a nap. I need one after reading your comment.

paladin: It was an editorial decision not to elaborate further on that point. I try not to offer up explanation for thing that are blindingly obvious to about 99% of the population. It helps keep my posts short and easier to read.

 
At August 22, 2006 3:33 PM, Blogger Howard said...

Is this a joke? I can't tell if this guy is serious! How is outlawing flag-burning going to save freedom? In fact I can't see how any inconsequential prohibitive law such as this can be seen as promoting freedom! It is outlawing a freedom. The freedom the Supreme Court gave us to burn our flag. We are supposed to burn them anyway when they are retired. You are obsessed. Try a hobby.

 
At August 22, 2006 3:35 PM, Blogger Howard said...

I guess it is a joke! Ha! Ha! Ha! You can't be too sure with the nuts around these days!

 
At September 03, 2006 11:53 PM, Blogger The Liberal Crusader said...

this is the stupidest post I've ever read in my life!

The American flag is a SYMBOL! You can't outlaw flag burning because you're an insecure moron!

Real Patriots allow flag burning, because they understand that this is a free country!

 
At October 16, 2006 9:24 AM, Anonymous Billy said...

This post is a beutiful as the union of an egg and a sperm.

 
At November 09, 2006 11:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IF YOU WANT TO BURN AN AMERICAN FLAG YOU MUST WRAP YOUR SELF AROUND IT!

 
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