This polemical piffle is apparently the fourth most popular political weblog post on MySpace today. That MySpacers fawn over drivel like this was one big reason why I left MySpace: its users are idiots. And scary idiots at that. This virago wants to exile Mr. Obama simply because his symbolic patriotic symbolism is deficient. A Jehovah's Witness would consider it too much, by the way. I really don't care. I hate the National Anthem frankly. It originally was a Swiss Drinking Song. And, of course, it would be a drinking song because only a drunken sot would not give a tinker's damn to go from ridiculously low to ridiculously high notes and thereby ravage his voice.
Yet for this hag such deficiency in ceremonial symbolism is an infallible sign that Obama is a treasonous piece of shit. And scores of people on MySpace apparently agree with her with a vehemence that foams. If you don't place your hand on your heart while Francis Scott Key's doggerel is given far more credit than it ever deserved, then you are not expressing simply an understandable aesthetic sensibility, you are showing yourself to be a vicious traitor who has nothing but contempt for the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for this country. And presumably the converse is true in these small but rabid minds, that any politico who scrupulously places his hand on the heart and even cries at the screech of "Home of the Brave" (I cry as well because my ears bleed) passes the patriotism test and, therefore, may lie us into war, send our brave men and women to their death simply on a whim, and neglect them when they come home mangled and maimed. An alleged symbolic contempt, in other words, trumps a very real contempt that does very real harm. Ceremony über alles!
And I'm thinking that perhaps that recently deceased Buckley was right to suggest that perhaps the uneducated should not vote.
p.s. I should note that I am in no way a supporter of Obama. In fact, I hate him. Not because he supposedly shows contempt for the American Flag. That's a silly reason. The flag is simply a piece of cloth. No. Obama shows contempt for born babies. He thinks babies who have survived induced abortions should simply be left to die. I thought Democrats were supposed to help the people who cannot help themselves. But Obama does not think born babies are people. Because the Supreme Court has not ruled that these babies are not viable and, therefore, not persons. Obama thinks the Supreme Court has the power to define personhood. So, I suppose Obama would have been sympatico with the Dred Scott Decision.