Thursday, June 23, 2005

Flag Burning Amendment = Bud Bowl XVI

Don't tell me we're going to have to go through this every year?!

Anyone old enough to remember the Bud Bowl advertisements that used to accompany the Super Bowl? The Bud Bowl pitted tall neck bottles of regular Bud versus Bud Light on a mock football field, an advertising campaign contrived to pump sales for the beer brand. It was interesting at first. But then it continued every year. Thankfully, I think it was finally put out of its misery (and ours) a few years back.

But the annual flag burning amendment show reminds me a lot of the old Bud Bowl spectacles. It comes up every year, usually, and perhaps not coincidentally, amidst the presence of a lot of other bad news, so as to try to distract the body politic from more relevant matters. It's completely ridiculous, and I don't give a shit if that makes me sound like some latte-sipping, volvo driving, Vermont living, cultural elitist smuck. And it's always accompanied by a biggie size order of hyper nationalism, mindless drivel mascerading as "patriotism" and "love of country", although bizarrely, it serves only to place the interests of a piece of cloth over those of human beings.

Last year the flag burning amendment charade was joined by the anti-gay marriage amendment as cultural warriors continued their never ending campaign to enshrine restrictions and prejudice into the Constitution.

And oh yes, all of this garbage is brought to us courtesy of the "less government" crowd.

If the flag amendment finally passes it will be another in the long line of proofs designed to show that we do finally get the government we deserve.

UPDATE: The Rude Pundit says that if you buy an American flag, doesn't that mean that it's your property, and that you can dispose of your property as you wish?

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