Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Flag Burning!

“Nobody should be allowed to burn the American flag — if they do, there must be consequences — perhaps loss of citizenship or year in jail!”
-Donald Trump on Twitter

"lesbian ninjas"
"lesbian ninjas naked"
"why don't lesbian ninjas like me?"
 "pirate meetups in taipei"
"how do i search the google?"
-Chaon on Twitter

I searched this blog for the word "flag," and found that I have blathered about this issue a couple of times before. Some of the posts were so long ago, I don't really remember writing them.

2003 Remember Flag Burning?
2005 Here We Go Again
2006 Constitutional Correction

It's not that I have particularly strong feelings about this issue. I just think that it is nicely representative of the fact that even though everyone says they are for 'freedom,' there's not a lot of consensus on what that exactly means.

Anyway, check out Popehat's comments on this latest kerfuffle.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

People who voted for Trump are either 100% behind his bigotry, or they are 100% okay with it; there is no effective difference between the two. Apathy is just as dangerous as active hatred.

Yes, actually, if Hillary had said something so blatantly abusive, had run on a platform of racism, sexism, Islamaphobia, classism, ableism, and basically further disenfranchisement for anyone who isn't a white Christian straight cisgender male - yes, I'd feel exactly the same way about her and anyone who voted for her (and probably be looking for a bridge to jump off, if both of our candidates were so uniformly awful). Because it doesn't matter who does it, it's equally as crappy. It's not about championing a particular issue, it's about not championing the administration who literally wants to institute policies that will kill people.

It hit me so hard because no matter how much I gave dire warnings to the people who handwaved Trump's chances away, I never truly expected him to win. I never, ever, in my heart of hearts, believed that so many people in my country believed in his racist, sexist, ableist, vile rhetoric.