Sunday, July 01, 2007

Your little American flags you put in your lawn this time of year don't make you patriotic



On the block where I live, there is a family that puts up little American flags in their lawn during this time of year. This is the same neighbor that drives a Mercedes with a Bush/Cheney sticker from 2000 on the back. People who put flags in their yard to show their patriotism for 7 days a year are missing the point. If you do this, you probably like Lee Greenwood's "Proud to be an American" song, and think that because you know all the words, you're a patriot.

You want to do something that's actually patriotic? How about volunteering for the military and going over to Iraq to fight with the troops? How about campaigning for health care reforms, better education, and cheap prescription drugs so that your country men and women don't have to drive into Canada to get heart medication.

Why not do something actually patriotic, like standing up for poor people in your community? They are Americans too, they just don't have as much money as you do, so they can't buy 50 little American flags to put in their yard. Quit thinking that because you did something symbolic the last time you were at the Home Depot, that somehow you're supporting the troops. Buying shit like magnetic ribbons to hang on your car that were made by terrorists isn't helping us get anything done in Iraq any faster.

This 4th of July, if you're one of the real patriots who is actually doing something to make this country better, whether that's fighting in Iraq or working with underprivlaged kids here at home, I salute you. If you're like my neighbor down the street with his little American flags and pseudo-patriotism, kiss my ass.

7 comments:

Lord Bling said...

Glad to have you back, and putting the 'Angry' in Angry Midget once again.

My neighborhood is full of the people you describe. I wish I could light off fireworks in city limits, cuz I'd have some fun with each and every one of them.

Anonymous said...

What do you think about the Mexican flags I put up in my yard every year at Cinco de Mayo?

-HCP

Lord Bling said...

We don't think about it at all.

>:)

Ryan the Angry Midget said...

Viva La Raza!!

CowboyLaw said...

The great American social commentator David Cross had a nice comment regarding "Proud to be an American." You will recall that there is a line in that song "And I'd surely stand up, next to you and defend her still today." Cross's response, for anyone singing along: "Well, grab a gun and let's go. Next plane for Iraq leaves in 10 minutes, fucker. Time to put your money where your mouth is." Unless you live in SF, I don't recommend actually saying that to the people who sing along to that song (at, for example, ball parks). I can get away with it here because in the ensuing riot, my side would be better represented. Also, the punk bike messengers act as good shock troops and more than counteract the physical strength of the conservative dock workers.

Lord Bling said...

I have that David Cross record. Good stuff there.

Anonymous said...

So get this shit. I went to the annual Greeley Stampede Parade of the Undead this year. On the way there, I drove by 4 houses that were flying the American flag next to the Stars and Bars. I believe this finally cements Greeley as the SHITTIEST place to live in America. I was joking about the Mexican flag shit, but this serious.

-HCP