Oh say, can you see

By now you’ve probably heard about the kerfuffle down in Lake County, Florida, where the Democrat Party headquarters aroused the ire of some of the locals when it flew a flag that sported the stripes from Stars and Stripes, but replaced the stars with a mugshot of Barack Obama.

Party bigwigs took the flag down after repeated complaints from a group of outraged veterans, who called the flag “disrespectful” and “disgraceful.” (I’m guessing they probably called it other stuff too, but when you complain publicly about something outrageous, it’s a good idea to use at least one or two adjectives that are printable.)

According to Fox News, the defaced flag constitutes a violation of Florida Statute 256.05, which reads:

No person shall, in any manner, for exhibition or display:

(1) Place or cause to be placed any word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement of any nature upon any flag, standard, color, ensign or shield of the United States or of this state, or authorized by any law of the United States or this state; or

(2) Expose to public view any such flag, standard, color, ensign or shield upon which shall have been printed, painted or otherwise produced, or to which shall have been attached, appended, affixed or annexed any such word, figure, mark, picture, design, drawing or advertisement.

The Obama-spangled banner has been taken down (for now). But the questions remain:

~ If a conservative were to burn this flag, would liberals (who normally defend flag burning as free speech) demand that he/she be charged with a hate crime?

~ Is Obama counting the workers at the Chinese factory that produces these flags in the total of the jobs he claims to have saved or created?

~ Did the folks who designed the flag substitute Obama’s mug for the stars because they figured it was easier than adding seven new stars?

~ How long before Sandra Fluke begins demanding that taxpayers provide Obama flags to law students at no cost?

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