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 October, 2007

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 Ann Coulter - Sticking a Pin in Their Logic

Sticking a Pin in their Logic

By Al Owens
There I was - caught in a nasty dilemma. I couldn’t figure out how to keep my flag lapel pin attached to my body, while taking a shower. I had the sneaky suspicion that as soon as I got all lathered up, some overly curious Republican would burst into my bathroom, discover my indiscretion – and get me kicked out of the country.

That’s where things are heading. All it took last week was for Barack Obama to make a statement about his sense of patriotism and the use of symbols that didn’t necessarily make anybody patriotic – for right wingers to rev up their engines.

“Barack Obama is making a statement about the war. Not with his words, but with his wardrobe,” claimed Fox News’ curiously un-flag lapel pinned Sean Hannity. Obama had never mentioned the word “war,” when he told a reporter about his hesitance to wear lapel pins. But to Hannity it was like Obama had said, “Let’s bomb ourselves into the stone age.”

What Obama did say was, “I’m not going to wear that pin on my chest. Instead I’m going to try to tell the American people what I believe will make this country great.”

He’d been asked why he wasn’t wearing a lapel pin, by a TV news reporter who apparently couldn’t come up with a question that made sense.

Obama’s only mistake was that he tried to answer a dumb question. He was only making the point that “true patriotism” can’t be determined by fashion accessories.

In all seriousness, I’ve never worn a flag lapel pin in the shower, or any other place. So, I can honestly say that I never wore a flag lapel pin while taking a shower in Vietnam either.

Does wearing a military uniform for 4 years count? That’s probably why I bristle when some people who’d never wear a uniform, would question my patriotism for not wearing a lapel pin.

Obama’s point was clear. Actions speak louder than flag lapel pins.

That’s something lost on the E.D. Hill’s of the world. She’s that cloyingly dramatic Fox News host who stopped just short of calling for a federal grand jury to be convened for desecration of lapel adornments when she blurted out, “One of the direct quotes that got me was that, ‘I won’t wear that pin.’ It reminded me of, ‘I didn’t have sex with that woman.’”

Never mind that she actually misquoted him, her message was clear. “I need some medication.”

Obama could have, like me, gone to flagmart.com. (I’m not making this up) They have a “Buy 1, get 1 free” sale on American flag pins. That way he could show his devotion to patriotism and capitalism at the very same time.

Or he could have just tried to clarify what he’d meant with his initial statements, for people fixated with lapel pins, who’d never noticed on their own, that he’d never worn one – until he said he didn’t wear one.

“My attitude is that I’m less concerned about what you’re wearing on your lapel than what’s in your heart,” Obama would say the day following his original flag lapel pin statement. That was meant to help prevent the heads of the E.D. Hill’s from exploding.

Instead Kate Obenshain of the Clair Boothe Luce Policy Institute flew on the attack. “We are at war. Our men and women are in harm’s way. Somebody who wants to be commander-in-chief should have pride in our country enough to wear (should continue) to wear a lapel pin on their jacket,” Obenshain cried out on Fox News. Obenshain used to be an advisor to ex-Senator George “Macaca” Allen. You remember him don’t you? He used to wear a flag lapel pin on his chest, while he displayed a Confederate flag on his desk. I never quite knew which symbol Allen most cared about. (Although that “Macaca” thing was probably a strong hint)

Obenshain’s statement about “somebody who wants to be commander-in-chief” must have fallen on deaf Republican ears. I watched the Republican debate on Tuesday night. I made it a point to take note of the chests of the 9 participants.

Only 2 of the 9 wore flag lapel pins. Rudy Giuliani, who’d probably wear 911 of them if they’d let him, and Fred Thompson bothered to put them on.

Ron Paul wears a round lapel pin. I got up real close to the television with a magnifying glass, but couldn’t determine if his pin was a flag, or a bottle cap. I checked on every web site I could find with Paul’s picture on it, and the best I can determine is that his lapel pin may have the image of the state of Texas on it. So, to use the prevailing right wing logic, Paul loves Texas, but he’s not real keen on America. The proof is on his chest.

I took special interest in the lapel of presidential candidate Duncan Hunter of California. He’s one of the Republican presidential hopefuls who actually slunk low enough to weigh in on the Obama lapel pin “controversy.”

He’d gone on record as saying he’s, “proud to wear an American flag pin as much as possible - and on any occasion.”

Hunter wasn’t wearing a lapel pin. He probably left his in the shower.