I did not watch Thursday night’s “debate” among Democrats vying for the privilege of being obliterated by Donald J. Trump next November. According to the reports I have seen they spent their time trying to out-crazy each other. But some of the people who did watch noticed that something was missing.
There seemed to be no American flag present up on stage at the Democratic primary debate in Houston, Texas, on Thursday night.
A videographer present at the event at Texas Southern University — as well as many others watching the event on television — could find no sign of Old Glory there up front at the venue.
The national anthem was sung at the beginning of the event (though that was not televised — that part was livestreamed only).
And during the performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Breanna Lindsey, a 20-year-old student at the school, the American flag was visible as she sang.
But where was the American flag on stage for the television audience at home once the debate started?
Democrat elites s have a love-hate relationship with the American Flag. They love getting elected but they hate the flag and everything it stands for. Just ask Colin Kaepernick. But millions of Americans (including many registered Democrats) love Old Glory and they expect their elected leaders to share that love. So Democrat candidates pretend to love the flag in public when they are running for office.
Back in 2007, Barack Obama was way too cool to engage in bushwa displays of patriotism. He stopped wearing the American flag pin on his lapel that he wore during his 2004 Senate campaign. His stance on this issue was greatly loved by the progressive Left that he was seeking the votes of.
Then he became the frontrunner, and his stance began to hurt him with the larger American public, so he started wearing the lapel pin (a new one given him by the VFW) and he placed his hand over his heart during the national anthem. The progressive Left didn’t mind because that’s the kind of thing politicians have to do to get elected (wink, wink.) But it is pretty clear that Obama’s patriotism was situational.
Samuel Johnson famously said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.” But he wasn’t bashing patriotism, he was bashing the scoundrels who hid behind patriotism when it was convenient. But patriotism is like moral principles – you don’t abandon them when they become inconvenient.
(h/t Don Surber)