No place on our flag

Obama's face on the Stars and Stripes smacks of a cult of personality

Nancy Hurlbert can’t understand why,
after several months, some veterans
have objected to her flying an American flag with Barack Obama’s face in place of the 50 stars.

“It leads me to believe that it’s not about the flag,” the chairwoman of the Lake County, Fla., Democratic Party was quoted. “Certain elements cannot accept Barack Obama as president.”

That’s just detached from reality. Many older veterans voted for Mr. Obama. And they’re not the racists the media love to portray them as. They simply risked their lives for the freedoms symbolized by that grand old flag, and they don’t appreciate it being desecrated. It could’ve been a Ninja Turtle on the flag, and the vets would’ve been just as exercised about it.

But we do agree with Ms. Hurlbert on one thing: In many ways, this dispute is not about the flag itself.

Rather, it’s unnerving and upsetting that anyone would think it appropriate to emblazen a political figure on our flag. Such an act evokes the kind of cult of personality you see in Latin American dictatorships. That’s both frightening and repulsive to most Americans.



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